Expanding R&D capabilities
BioMar Group increases its research capabilities with the opening of its Aquaculture Technology Centre in Ecuador. The ATC is a state-of-the-art trial facility dedicated to the full lifecycle of shrimp, with the most advanced technology for shrimp research in Ecuador.
The new trial facility, ATC Ecuador, was officially opened 15th of October 2018, with participation of the Danish Ambassador and the Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Commerce and Investments. The new trial facility, ATC Ecuador, will be dedicated to the test of shrimp feed and it will service the development of shrimp diets and farming practises globally, being a part of the global ATC network in BioMar Group.
“Just one year after Alimentsa joined BioMar Group, I am happy to see another tangible evidence of the commitment towards shrimp from BioMar Group. The new trial centre is ready to go-live and we have created a strong collaboration with the global R&D network of scientists”, explains Danny Velez, Managing Director in BioMar Ecuador.
The opening of the new shrimp research and development facilities is a significant step in BioMar’s strategic plans for the shrimp segment. In addition, BioMar is in the process of expanding production capacity in Ecuador. The country has for many years been acknowledged for the quality of the shrimp products and is taking lead participating in the development of efficient and sustainable shrimp farming.
BioMar states that this is one of the core reasons for intensifying the investments: “We see a significant growth potential in the shrimp feed segment. Our new research facilities will help us continue to evolve our shrimp feed range while allowing us to respond faster to market and customer needs. In BioMar, we have for many years been contributing to minimising the environmental footprint of the industry, enhancing efficiency and strengthening the health of the fish. Now, we are ready to conduct local product test supporting our global research within raw materials, process technology, health and nutrition”, explains Carlos Diaz, CEO in BioMar Group.
The ATC Ecuador is designed based on experience from BioMar’s trial centres across the world and is the most advanced system in Ecuador for shrimp nutrition studies with state-of-of-the-art equipment. It houses multiple water recirculation systems that ensure full control of the parameters during trials. The initial phase of the construction allows for the evaluation of more than 150 diets per year, simulating the complete shrimp production lifecycle.
From left to right:
Danny Velez, Managing Director, BioMar Ecuador; Håvard Jørgensen, Global R&D Director BioMar Group; Pablo Campana, Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Commerce and Investments; Carlos Diaz, CEO BioMar Group; Jens Godtfredsen, Danish Ambassador to Ecuador; Laurence Massaut, R&D Director BioMar Ecuador.
Danish Ambassador to Ecuador during his speech at BioMar ATC Ecuador opening event