Aller Aqua opens Qingdao factory
Anders Bylling and Hans Erik Bylling at the inauguration of Aller Aqua Qingdao
“Inaugurating two factories in two months is exceptional,” said Hans Erik Bylling, Group President for Aller Aqua Group. “We have had a few busy years leading up to the inaugurations and now we are finally ready. I am proud of what we have achieved.”
The inauguration of Aller Aqua Qingdao, the group’s sixth factory, comes only a few weeks after the opening of the company’s Zambia factory this summer.
Aller Aqua Qingdao will have a production capacity of 45,000 tonnes annually, exporting to both Korea and Vietnam. This is Aller Aqua’s first factory in Asia and Hans Erik Bylling considers it essential.
“The factory will increase our competitiveness in China, with shorter delivery times to key markets,” he said
Hans Erik Bylling’s son Anders C Bylling is Aller Aqua Qingdao’s managing director and he explained that establishing the factory in China has been a long process.
“We have had some delays along the way, but we reached our goal. Our Chinese team has worked exceptionally hard to have everything ready for the inauguration. It has been a very good day with almost 200 participants for the opening itself, and almost 300 participants to the International Cold Fish Aquaculture Technology Seminar we organised the day before,” he said.
As other feed companies have already done, Aller Aqua chose to establish themselves in China without a Chinese partner.
“We chose to establish the factory without a local partner to ensure that we can continue to deliver the products that the customers are familiar with. We have delivered high quality aquafeed to China for the last twenty years, produced under European standards, and we will continue to run the factory like we would in Denmark. We will do this by sourcing the raw materials in Europe, and ensure a highly trained local team which knows how to comply with the European standards,” Anders Bylling said.
The factory in China will focus on the growing cold-water species aquaculture industry in China. It was a logical step for Aller Aqua Qingdao to facilitate the first International Cold Fish Aquaculture Technology Seminar on the 30th October in Qingdao, hosted by the Heilongijang River Fisheries Research Institute (HRFRI) of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science and featuring speakers form both China and Europe.