Jungbunzlauer acquires corn wet milling facility in Port Colborne, Canada
Since the citric acid manufacturing facility in Port Colborne, Canada, was inaugurated in 2002 our long standing supplier, Ingredion, has supplied all glucose needs from their neighbouring facility. By end 2015 Jungbunzlauer will take full ownership of the Ingredion facility after it has been reconfigured to a dedicated production site of corn-based glucose for fermentation purposes.
For Jungbunzlauer the step of securing a fully vertically integrated supply chain for the production of citric acid and tri sodium citrate in Port Colborne is at the core of the strategy. While the past “over-the-fence” supply arrangement between Ingredion and Jungbunzlauer has been functioning very well for many years the full integration will create opportunities to further strengthen the efficiency and sustainability footprint of the overall Port Colborne facility through focus and optimisation. This will enhance our competitive position servicing customers with high quality products from Canada in primarily North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Meeting customers’ and society’s future needs requires sustainable processes. At Jungbunzlauer our philosophy has been to achieve this by combining state-of-the-art process and manufacturing technology while, at the same time, being close to the main input factors such a corn, energy and water. This strategy has brought the fermentation facility in Port Colborne to a globally leading position based on past investments of over 250 million CAD. The step we announce today by integrating the neighbouring corn wet milling facility documents our commitment to both the region and our strategy to build competitiveness through a leading sustainability position.
The integration of the fermentation plant and the glucose plant will bring the total number of employees of Jungbunzlauer Canada Inc. in Port Colborne up to the level of around 110 persons and, by this, enhancing our position as one of the main employers in the region.