Alltech, a global leader in animal nutrition, officially opened its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Pune, India, on October 27, 2018, with a ceremony attended by more than 150 industry stakeholders. With a production capacity of 25,000 tons per year, it is the largest organic trace mineral plant in Asia.
Alltech India opened its office in 2001, with production operations in Bengaluru, India, beginning in 2004. Over the years, the company has grown twenty-fold, serving poultry, dairy and aquafeed mills and farmers to improve their efficiency and profitability.
“When we outgrew our plant capacity in 2016 and decided to expand our business and invest in a bigger plant, Pune was the first choice,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “Pune is one of India’s fastest-growing cities. With a cosmopolitan population of over 5 million people, proximity to the port and speedy development, this was an ideal place for us to serve our customers in a more efficient way.”
“The Chakan industrial area is considered as one of the best,” said Aman Sayed, managing director of Alltech India and regional director of South Asia. “The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation has developed this area, which stretches 246 hectares, with basic as well as high-grade-quality facilities. Over 750 large and small industries, including a number of automobile component manufacturers, are based in the area.”
The Pune facility was designed to cater not only to the local market but to South Asia and Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe as well. The plant spans a total area of 132,000 square feet and employs 50 full-time team members. The Pune facility features modern scientific technology and utilizes advanced quality systems.
“The plant is equipped with features such as natural gas as its energy source for reducing carbon emissions, fire hydrant systems ensuring safety, and segregated docks for raw material and finished products, enabling free movement of vehicles and clear demarcation and traceability of material in and out of the facility,” said Sayed.
“We have a fully fledged lab for testing our raw materials and finished goods internally, ensuring that they meet our quality standards and guarantees before being shipped out to customers,” said Raghu Saraki, quality manager South Asia. “We are required to follow the Alltech Quality System and our Alltech Q+ (Quality Plus) program, ensuring the quality, safety and traceability of every batch of product manufactured here.”
The Alltech Quality System, or AQS, is recognized throughout the feed industry for its stringent standards. AQS delivers the same level of quality assurance and traceability in each of Alltech’s geographical markets, based on standardized processes designed to meet and exceed other third-party systems of certification as well as global regulations.
The facility will soon obtain certifications such as ISO22000:2005 (for food safety management), FAMI-QS certification (for European food standards) and ISO14000:2015 (for environmental management).
While addressing the audience at the Pune facility opening, Lyons said that Alltech intends to continue making investments within the region, creating jobs and following its guiding ACE principle, referring to the company’s commitment to develop safe solutions for the animal, consumer and environment.
The Pune facility exemplifies another milestone in Alltech’s efforts to strengthen its presence in the emerging Asian market. The company opened its Nepal sales and support office in the city of Kathmandu on October 25, 2018.