Nordzucker will concentrate its sugar production in Sweden at the factory in Örtofta and as part of this process the refinery in Arlöv will be closed
With the aim of further strengthening its competitiveness, Nordzucker invests 100 million euro in Swedish sugar production. The investment means that the production in Arlöv is moved to Örtofta and that the factory in Arlöv is subsequently closed. However, before that, a number of major investments must be in place. These involve both new production methods and new technology and are also an investment in the environment. The first steps have already been taken with an extensive modernisation of Örtofta’s sugarhouse which will be completed before the 2019 campaign. In the years to come, the investments will include building a high rack warehouse, rebuilding the service center, and a new liquid and syrup facility.
Axel Aumüller, Chief Operation Officer in Nordzucker said, “We have come far in the planning and I look forward to being now ready for the next stage. With the consolidation, we not only ensure a long-term sustainable structure in Sweden, we also get a modern factory with efficient energy-optimized production and significant savings in the long term. An important step to position ourselves as a stable, profitable and competitive player in the sugar market.”
Katarina Silfversparre, Managing Director for the Swedish subsidiary Nordic Sugar AB and continues said, “I am very pleased that on basis of the decision we, in close cooperation with our beet growers, ensures the deliveries of Swedish sugar to our customers for the future. The consolidation will mean a reduction in the number of employees in the Swedish operations. It means a lot to me that we can handle this and the closure of the factory in Arlöv with internal relocation and natural retirement”.
The investments mean that energy consumption in the Swedish sugar production can be reduced by 20 per cent and CO2 emissions by 18,000 tonnes per year. In addition, more rational logistics mean that transport by truck can be reduced by 3,200 per year, and an increased part of the transports can be done by rail.
Together with the silo, inaugurated in 2017, and the energy-efficiency measures implemented in Örtofta in recent years, the new investments mean that the company has invested around 150 million euro in strategic projects to secure the competitiveness of Swedish sugar production in the future.