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Novus International opens input plant in China

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Novus International opens input plant in China

Novus International, Inc., a leader in animal health and nutrition, has announced the opening of a new animal feed input plant in China. The new facility, located in the Ma Lu Jiading district, a suburb of Shanghai, China will bring Novus closer to Chinese based customers while expanding overall production capacity. Novus International operates manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. These facilities combine to serve customers in more than 80 countries around the world. “This facility is an example of our continued commitment to the Asian market,” said Thad Simons, President and Chief Executive Officer, Novus International Inc. “This new facility will strengthen our position in Asia and enable Novus’s continued growth in the region.”
China represents one of Novus’s investment locations due to the county’s dynamic growth rate in the agriculture market. The 23,000 square foot facility is equipped with cutting-edge machinery made in the United States and China. “Having a direct investment in China is a milestone for Novus,” stated Giovanni Gasperoni, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales. “With the opening of our Research and Development Center in Beijing last year, our new manufacturing facility can quickly capitalize on research that will benefit the Chinese agriculture industry.” 
Novus’s products are added to animal feed as supplements allowing for better nutrient absorption, longer storage periods and potentially, increased profit margins for producers. The Shanghai facility will initially produce antioxidant blends and GEM line products.
Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in more than 80 countries around the world. An industry leader in animal nutrition and health, Novus’s products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, MINTREX® organic trace minerals, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed ingredient and many other specialty ingredients. The ARENUS™ brand (www.arenusperformance.com), part of Novus International, Inc., focuses on developing performance products for the equine and companion animal markets. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd.

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