Governor of Lower Austria, Johanna Mikl-Leitner visits ERBER Group

Getzersdorf/Lower Austria, July 4, 2018 – At the end of last week, Lower Austrian Governor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, visited ERBER Group – a bio-technology company and market leader in food and feed safety headquartered in Getzersdorf, Lower Austria. ERBER Group currently operates in 142 countries and has 1,500 employees in its divisions BIOMIN, ROMER LABS, SANPHAR and EFB worldwide – approx. 500 of these in Austria. In the upcoming years, investments of about 150 million euros are planned for three new sites in Lower Austria alone. One is a new research center - ERBER Research Campus - in Tulln. It will become ERBER Group’s central research center for about 180 employees.

“It is impressive how much entrepreneurial and research spirit we have here in Lower Austria in the field of bio-technology. Natural feed and food additives, products of feed and food analysis and of bio-technological plant protection produced in Getzersdorf are in demand all over the world. ERBER Group, with its global headquarters in Getzersdorf and its research center in Tulln, is therefore both an important partner for Austria’s agriculture and an important economic and job engine for the entire federal state and beyond. With the three newly planned research and production sites in Tulln and Getzersdorf, ERBER Group decisively contributes to guaranteeing regional workplaces and attractive jobs for skilled workers.”

(Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Governor of Lower Austria)

“As a globally active organization, our investment volume of approx. 150 million euros in our research and production sites at Tulln and Getzersdorf in the coming years strengthens ERBER Group’s commitment to its ‘country of origin’, Lower Austria. Close cooperation between politics and companies is the basis for being able to create future workplaces and to initiate new projects. From the beginning, our motivation at ERBER Group has been innovation in the interests of our customers: intensive in-house research and many collaborations with universities and research institutes ensure that new products and services are developed all the time, such as currently in the new business fields of vaccines and enzymes. What we need in the coming years to a much greater extent are incentives for local investments in academic training and in the promotion of research and development.”

(Erich Erber, PhD h.c., Chair of ERBER AG Supervisory Board)

“With our turnover of 327 million euros in financial year 2017, ERBER Group reached an all-time high with its divisions BIOMIN, ROMER, SANPHAR and EFB – our long-term average shows a successful growth of approx. 16% p.a. Currently about 1,500 employees work for ERBER Group – one third of these in Austria. By 2021 we will create about 300 new jobs. It is therefore very important for our future success that qualified employees who cannot be recruited in Austria come from abroad and stay here. We focus heavily on sustainable regional management – in Austria and in our business units abroad. We want to adhere to this course in the future, as well – as a market leader in feed and food safety and as a world market leader, as a hidden champion, especially with our solutions for antibiotic-free animal nutrition which means sustainable animal production.”

Lower Austrian Governor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, visited ERBER Group – the bio-technology company and market leader in food and feed safety headquartered in Getzersdorf, Lower Austria at the end of last week. ERBER Group currently operates in 142 countries and has 1,500 employees in its divisions BIOMIN, ROMER LABS, SANPHAR and EFB worldwide – approx. 500 of these in Austria.

In the coming years, investments of about 150 million euros are planned for three new sites in Lower Austria alone. One is a new research center - ERBER Research Campus - in Tulln. It will be become ERBER Group’s central research center for about 180 employees.

“It is impressive how much entrepreneurial spirit and research spirit we have here in Lower Austria in the field of bio-technology. Natural feed and food additives, products of feed and food analysis and of bio-technological plant protection produced in Getzersdorf are in demand all over the world. ERBER Group, with its global headquarters in Getzersdorf and its research center in Tulln, is therefore both an important partner for Austria’s agriculture and an important economic and job engine for the entire federal state and beyond. With the three newly planned research and production sites in Tulln and Getzersdorf, ERBER Group decisively contributes to guaranteeing regional workplaces and attractive jobs for skilled workers,” Johanna Mikl-Leitner said while touring the headquarters.

35 years ago, “Erber KG” and later “Biomin GmbH” were founded in Pottenbrunn, Lower Austria and has remained a family-owned group of companies ever since. ERBER Group AG is now a market leader and a hidden champion, and the owners are committed to Austria and especially to Getzersdorf in Lower Austria, where the headquarters are located. In the coming years ERBER Group will invest in a new fermentation plant, a ROMER LABS production site and the ERBER Research Campus in Tulln, plus several other sites in Austria.

Erich Erber, PhD h.c., founder and chair of the Supervisory Board of ERBER AG emphasized the importance of a close cooperation between politics and entrepreneurs in his talks with Governor Mikl-Leitner. He also expressed his wishes and his call for necessary framework conditions needed by internationally operating companies, especially in Austria, in order to be competitive on a global market and to be able to expand worldwide from Lower Austria. “Our investment volume of approx. 150 million euros in our research and production sites at Tulln and Getzersdorf in the coming years strengthens ERBER Group’s commitment to its ‘country of origin’, Lower Austria. Close cooperation between politics and companies is the basis for being able to create future workplaces and to initiate new projects. From the beginning, our motivation at ERBER Group has been innovation in the interests of our customers: intensive in-house research and many collaborations with universities and research institutes ensure that new products and services are developed all the time, such as currently in the new business fields of vaccines and enzymes. What we need in the coming years to a much greater extent are incentives for local investments in academic training and in the promotion of research and development.”

Antibiotic-free animal nutrition for agriculture – an Austrian export hit

The transformation from a small and medium-sized company into a global player in bio-technology and a hidden champion can only be successful if on the one hand, you provide products and services people need, like antibiotic-free animal nutrition for agriculture, and on the other pursue a sustainable strategy. When you work for ERBER Group, it means that you leave your footprint to make this world a better place. As Pioneers, Partners and Performers, all our employees significantly contribute to this and are the ones who make this success possible, as Heinz Flatnitzer, Head of HR, Corporate Communications & Production/Procurement of ERBER AG explains: “With our turnover of 327 million euros in financial year 2017, ERBER Group reached an all-time high with its divisions BIOMIN, ROMER, SANPHAR and EFB – our long-term average shows a successful growth of approx. 16% p.a. Currently about 1,500 employees work for ERBER Group – one third of these in Austria.

By 2021, we will create about 300 new jobs. We focus heavily on sustainable regional management – in Austria and in our business units abroad. We want to adhere to this course in the future, as well – as a market leader in feed and food safety and as a world market leader, as a hidden champion, especially with our solutions for antibiotic-free animal nutrition which means sustainable animal production.”

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