Agrana to double production capacity of wheat starch plant in Pischelsdorf, Austria


Austrian food company Agrana Beteiligungs is planning to increase the production capacity at its wheat and starch factory in Pischelsdorf.

The plan to double the production capacity has been approved by the company’s supervisory board.

With a total investment of €92m, the company expects to begin expansion works by early next year following the receipt of all the necessary approvals from the concerned authorities.

The expansion is expected to be complete by 2020 and is likely to create nearly 44 new employment opportunities.

“The expansion of our annual processing capacity at the Pischelsdorf site from 820,000t at present to over one million tonnes is a major competitive factor."

Agrana CEO Johann Marihart said: “The doubling of our wheat starch production capacity in Pischelsdorf represents an important step for Agrana in terms of sustainable consolidating our position in the starch market.

“The expansion of our annual processing capacity at the Pischelsdorf site from 820,000t at present to over one million tonnes is a major competitive factor.

“This reflects the increasing level of demand, particularly from the paper industry due to the high proportion of recycled paper and rising demand for packaging stemming from internet/mail order trade.”

The company’s Pischelsdorf site will also include a bioethanol facility, in addition to its wheat starch plant, with nearly 200 future employees.

After completing the extraction process of wheat starch and gluten, the company will use the remaining fractions of the raw materials for producing bioethanol and a high-grade, GMO-free, protein-rich animal feed.