To contribute to the growing demand for infant formula products, Ausnutria and Trivium will soon be starting construction of a brand-new joint venture facility at Ausnutria’s production site in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. A shared investment between Ausnutria, a leading infant formula manufacturer and Trivium, one of the world’s leading metal packaging producers, will result in the opening of a more than 10.000 m² can manufacturing plant in 2020. The plant will have the most modern utility supplies through state-of-the-art equipment.
The advanced facility will be located in Heerenveen in the Netherlands, providing a “wall to wall” integrated operation with the current dry blending & packaging plants of Ausnutria and will have a capacity to produce more than 150m cans by 2021.
Trivium was chosen by Ausnutria as its long-term packaging partner following the opening of the Heerenveen plant in 2017. With this cooperation Ausnutria will have a dedicated can manufacturing process on site, assuring the stable supply of high-quality cans. The companies have signed a 10-year contract to produce different can sizes, all featuring Trivium’s unique peel-off lid with rivet. The new facility will supply Ausnutria’s factories in Heerenveen and Leeuwarden. Trivium has previously supplied cans to Ausnutria from its plants in Hoogeveen and Leeuwarden.
The new operations offer excellent employment opportunities and an extensive recruitment process has been started to recruit technical staff for both Ausnutria and Trivium.
Ausnutria operates a total of 10 plants worldwide, five of which are located in the Netherlands. Heerenveen is currently home to two of Ausnutria’s plants that, together with their plant in Leeuwarden, house the dry blending and packaging process for infant formula. The Infant Nutrition market has a strong connection to the Netherlands. China, the major market for Ausnutria’s products, places a high value on powdered milk originating from Dutch cows and goats grazing on Dutch green pastures.
“This large and important investment is a very good fit for Ausnutria,” explains Bart van der Meer, CEO, Ausnutria. He adds: “The integrated operation and shared expertise with our partners will yield significant benefits throughout the supply chain, ensuring that products of the highest quality can meet the demands of customers worldwide in the most timely and efficient way.”
Woep Möller, CEO of the European Trivium business commented, “We are delighted that Ausnutria has chosen Trivium as its partner of growth and recognizes Trivium’s dedication to quality and hygiene in this highly demanding market. The wall to wall facility will be supported by our other infant nutrition manufacturing facilities and further increases our presence in this growing segment.”