Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is building a new feed-premix plant in Nanjing, in eastern China, bringing to three the total number of facilities in the company's Chinese premix network.

The Nanjing plant, which is expected to be complete in the first half of 2015 and employ 150 people, will manufacture nutritional feed premixes that can be added to animal feed to promote good health and optimal growth. Such premix formulas typically contain various vitamins and minerals, amino acids such as lysine and threonine, and other ingredients.

ADM estimates it will manufacture 30,000 metric tons of premix products per year at the Nanjing facility, which will also provide 80,000 metric tons of additional capacity for the production of complete feeds and concentrates.


"ADM is committed to helping China meet its goals for food security and safety, and our plant in Nanjing is part of this commitment," said Brent Fenton, president, ADM Animal Nutrition. "As the country's population continues growing and personal incomes rise further, the nation's demand for meat is expected to increase. In this environment, our decades of experience producing animal feeds and feed ingredients-coupled with our insistence on consistent, high-quality products-will serve China's livestock producers well."

The Nanjing facility complements ADM's existing premix plants in Tianjin and Dalian in northern China. Additionally, as part of a broader effort to help China further its food-security goals, the company is collaborating with China Agricultural University on a research program to develop efficient and lower-cost feed programs for dairy cattle using corn processing co-products, such as distillers grains and locally grown corn stover-the stalks, cobs and leaves left on farmers' fields after the harvest.  Feeding cattle a mix of processed crop residues and co-products can free up grain for other uses and reduce the use of imported hay and other forages, ADM says.