VIENNA, AUSTRIA — AGRANA opened a new corn starch plant at the Aschach an der Donau site in Austria. With an investment volume of around €80 million, AGRANA is expanding the processing capacity by one third to 540,000 tonnes of maize per year. The plant expansion also means 25 new jobs for the region.

“Although our starch factories are smaller than U.S. competitors, it is easier to produce specialties or to produce them more flexibly,” said Johann Marihart, chairman of AGRANA. “As a result, we use our know-how to focus on starch specialties — for example, for clean label starches, which are not chemically modified and have therefore invested in larger capacities and technologies for higher refining here in Aschach. We are increasingly processing special maize varieties such as waxy maize and have a leading role in bio starches and GMO-free starches for the food industry.”

The Aschach plant processes maize into high-quality products for the processing industry. 

In total AGRANA processes the raw materials maize, potatoes and wheat at five production sites in Europe and sells 2.5 million tonnes of starch products to 2,000 customers worldwide in over 20 different industrial sectors.

This is the most recent addition to AGRANA’s starch expansion.

In July, the company approved plans to double the production capacity of the wheat starch facility in Pischelsdorf, Austria. The total investment volume will amount to €92 million. the intention is to start construction work in early 2018 and to commission the new facility at the beginning of 2020. The expansion project will create 44 new jobs.