Monday, June 5, 2017

05/06/2017: Revolutionising extrusion

by Danny Chang, IDAH CO., Taiwan 

 Background of innovation
 Still in its infancy stage in Southeast Asia, the pet food and aqua feed industry, especially for floating fish feeds made by extrusion, has been experiencing high organic growth by volume of feeds produced every year. In order to fulfill this growing demand, more lines of extrusion equipment are invested.

 Several challenges have emerged from this unprecedented expansion: lack of qualified operators, production problems due to formulation changes (increasing the concentration of plant protein versus animal protein), loss of startup wastes, unseasoned equipment operational and maintenance skills, higher standards for feed quality, and costs of energy per tonne of feed produced.

 Manufacturers of pet food and aquatic feeds have seen significant increases in the cost of their raw materials and energy costs. Profit margins have been difficult to maintain and the future promises no change in this situation. IDAH have always recognised these issues and it is built into our core philosophy to supply solutions that maximise opportunities for our customers.

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