In Kalmar, in the south of Sweden, Van Aarsen International shall supply, build and towards the end of 2013 start up a 90 tonnes per hour feed mill, the largest project in its 63-year existence.
Kalmar Lantmän is the client who purchased this new state-of-the-art feed mill, being a total investment of €45 million and will enable the company to increase its feed production to 275,000 tonnes per year.
The motivation behind replacing their two existing feed mills was to create lower production costs per tonne of feed, by using the highest degree of automation, flexibility and efficiency and at the same time achieving vast improvements in hygienic production, ATEX and fire safety with a considerable reduction in labour and energy costs.
In contrast to Sweden as a whole, the livestock and milk production in the south east of the country is growing and Kalmar Lantmän expects a continued growth and prominent expansion in the chicken and pork industry sector in Sweden.
The construction of the new plant between the two existing feed mills will begin in the spring of this year. The complete investment of this project is the largest in history for the cooperative.
Efficiency, quality, lower production costs, legislation, (food-)safety and ever-rising energy costs lead to conscious decisions having to be made in the design phase of machines and projects.
Separate production lines
“At Kalmar Lantmän all these facets have been taken into consideration” indicates Marc Schlechtriem, Project Engineer.
“Separate production lines for pigs, chicken and cattle feed, a very extensive raw material dosing system for macro and micro components, high capacity hammer mills with automatic screen exchange ensure high flexibility.
“Furthermore we chose for long conditioning times for the hygienisation of the feed and destruction of salmonella. The bulk loading robots for rapid charging of the bulk carriers are all completely automated by an extensive intelligent automation system that can, if necessary, be remotely controlled by our IT Department for service or support. Technically as well as functionally it is a state-of-the-art feed mill”.