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Kiotech and Optivite to join forces

Feed additive manufacturer Kiotech has asked shareholders to approve a merger with Optivite. The shareholder meeting will take place on 30 September 2009, after which and subject to approval, the merger will be completed.

Optivite Group is one of the UK’s largest independent animal nutrition and feed additive businesses with a turnover approaching £18 million.
It specialises in the design, development and manufacture of non-hazardous, drug-free animal products for the maintenance and enhancement of feed quality, giving better health and yield performance.
Specifically its products include organic feeds, premixes, fatty acids, concentrates and enzymes.
The range also includes an omega 3 fatty acid supplement for the pig, poultry and ruminant markets.
According to Kiotech CEO Richard Edwards “both the Optivite and the Kiotechagil brands have significant value, both brands will be retained in the market place, supported by their respective teams.”
Kiotech was originally incorporated in 1997. In 2006 it acquired Agil, a manufacturer and global supplier of natural feed additives. The company now trades under the name Kiotechagil.
Optivite chairman Richard Scragg, who will join the Board at completion of the deal, commented: “By joining with Kiotech our group will be stronger in terms of people, knowledge and production so better placed to face the challenges of the future.” We will also have more resources for new product development and the stronger business will offer increased opportunities for employees, customers and suppliers alike.”
Kiotech currently supplies to more than 50 countries worldwide and Optivite to more than 30 and it is estimated that around a third of the enlarged group’s sales will be overseas.

Dick Ziggers

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