Inauguration of a million size investment at Örtofta Sugar Factory
The new silo can store up to 80,000 tonnes of sugar and will increase the efficiency of the entire production chain from production to energy consumption and logistics.
- The silo provides advantages to both environment and production. It means that less transports and re-loadings must be made and also provides a more even production in the service center. As we can pack the sugar gradually, we do not need large stocks of prepackaged products. This fact provides another advantage; the silo makes it possible for us to efficiently ensure that our product maintains exactly the quality our customers want" says Olof Dahlgren, Head of Sugar Factory Örtofta.
The sugar silo in Örtofta is an investment of 190 million SEK. Together with heavy investments recently made to reduce the plant's energy consumption by 30 percent, Nordic Sugar has invested more than 400 million SEK over the last five years in strategic projects to ensure the competitiveness of Swedish sugar production.
-We want to offer locally grown sugar to our customers. Therefore, we are specifically investing in the efficiency of our factories, in warehousing, logistics and product quality. This is crucial, not least in view of the recent liberalization of the EU sugar market, which means that quota systems and minimum prices for beet disappear at the same time as export restrictions are eliminated. The investments in Örtofta are essential contributions to ensuring that Swedish sugar industry remains strong towards future challenges, "says Katarina Silfversparre, Managing Director of Nordic Sugar AB.
The silo was opened on Friday by Chairman of the municipal council in Eslöv, Johan Andersson, Jacob Bennet, Chairman of the Swedish beet growers and Head of Sugar Factory Olof Dahlgren.
2016/2017, approximately 336,000 tonnes of sugar were produced at Örtofta. The sugar factory has 147 employees and during the intensive sugar production campaign from September to January, another 70 people work at the factory.
For further information, please contact:
Olof Dahlgren, Head of Sugar Factory Nordic Sugar Örtofta, tel. 0709-537000
Katarina Silfversparre, Managing Director, Nordic Sugar AB, tel. 0709-537000
Mariann Mellström, media coordinator, Nordic Sugar, tel. 0709-537124