Emsland Group invests over 33.9 million euros in new potato starch drying and modification plant

In recent months, a lot has happened at the headquarters of the Emsland Group in Emlichheim. The construction of a new potato and pea starch drying and modification plant is progressing rapidly. This investment of more than 33.9 million euros consists of a roller drying installation with autoclave (nicknamed ‘WaltrAut’ for the German Walzentrocknungsanlage mit Autoklav).

In addition to the necessary excavation and drainage work and the demolition of the warehouses, the past few weeks have seen the successful placement of the pile foundations.

Due to the peaty subsoil, 150 piles had to be driven up to 20 meters into the ground for the foundation of WaltrAut. In addition to this, transformer stations have also been installed.

The baseplate for the factory was laid and the first walls were built.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak and delivery delays from various suppliers, intensive rescheduling allowed the building to be completed soon after the start of the year.

In addition, the construction of the factory on the premises of the company also entailed many other tasks. Hundreds of tons of steel are to be installed in tubular bridges, which WaltrAut will integrate into production processes.

As part of this large investment project, large parts of the infrastructure are being redesigned and significant preparatory work is already underway for other major projects to come.

Florian Schmidt-Hickmann, process engineering project manager within the Emsland group:

“The expertise involved in building this department is provided by Emsland Group’s own employees.

With all that is happening, Emlichheim’s “skyline” is growing. The building has a total area of ​​approximately 750 m² and reaches a height of over 31 meters. The integrated reinforced concrete staircase tower reaches a height of almost 34 meters.

WaltrAut, an investment of over 33.9 million euros, is a new drying facility in which potato and pea starch is physically and chemically modified and dried in pressure reactors to meet the most demanding requirements. higher technical applications.

The wide range of products produced here are used in the surfactant and textile industry as well as in many areas of the construction and adhesive industry.

Once completed, the most modern equipment and machinery will be installed in the new building and assembled into a complete factory. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2021.