The groundbreaking ceremony held on Nov. 8, 2018 marked the expansion and modernization of production capacities at the Emsland Group’s Hagenow production site. With around €25 million to be invested in total, four more state-of-the-art, new-generation roller dryers and an additional processing capacity of 120,000 t potatoes per year are to be installed.
The progress of construction in Hagenow can be seen more clearly with each passing day. After completing the excavation work and preparing the foundation, tearing down the steel structure and concrete slabs hitch-free, the builders have moved onto the highly visible supporting structures of the production hall. The next steps will be to put up the respective walls and ceilings. The rolling mill’s systems technology is set to be introduced at the end of April (calendar weeks 17 and 18).
The expansion of the workshop to the peeling area is almost nearly complete. The project for the new potato receiving area and storage has begun with the clearing out of the delivery hall area and the demolishing of various walls, the shaft head, the ramp, and surface obstacles. Here too, the work is progressing as scheduled.
The new installations are necessary to support the growth of the customers. As a full-service provider of potato starch, modified and clean label starches as well as potato flakes and granules Emsland Group occupies a special position within the snack market.
The capacities at the Hagenow site will then almost doubled. The new flake plant in Hagenow will also set new standards in environmental friendliness and energy efficiency. Thereby around 100.000 tons of steam per year will be obtained out of the adjacent power plant Biotherm. The company Biotherm generates steam out of the sustainable raw material woodchips. In comparison with the current steam generation out of substitute fuels around 26.000 tons of CO2 will be saved in future.
The project will not only ensure the existing 200 workplaces at the location but will also create additional workplaces in the plant, in agriculture, and for suppliers and service providers.