This is MCE
MCE is the new name that has recently been added to the front and side of the former mixing and feed mill ACM. The installations are going to be used to process and scale-up biomass. The supply of biomass mainly comes from agriculture and food producers. Biomass is a collective term for biodegradable raw materials and residue from agriculture and crops like grain and corn, as well as materials like roadside grass, wood scraps, coffee husks, and cacao shells. By finely grinding different types of biomass and subsequently pressing everything into dust-free granulation and pellets, these residue streams can be recycled and made suitable for new applications, for instance, as fuel for a bio-fermenting installation that generates new energy. The factory can process over 230,000 tonnes per year. The factory is specially equipped to manage and monitor all production processes from a single location
This is the future of MCE
With the necessary modifications to the installations and production processes, we are going to make innovations possible with the residue streams in addition to conducting various field trials. Joint-owner Louis Wittendorp elaborates, “Farmers often use wood shavings in the stables to enhance the comfort for the animal and to absorb moisture. We are going to research if we can produce a type of material that works more effectively.” The co-owners are open for ideas related to processing biomass, developing and applying new product technologies in their factory.
Emmen takes part in it !
From the first day of construction of this unique production location in approximately 1985, this location has been a part of the region where these pioneers were born and raised. The MCE site had been in use by Agrifirm for over 20 years as a feed mixing factory. As a result of a re-organisation in 2005, the branch with 12 employees was shut down. Up until five years ago a modest production line still produced animal feed until the building was finally closed. In 2015 Harry Pot first approached Agrifirm about purchasing the building. “The building was not even on the market at the time. The idea was to produce pellet grains from coffee grinds and scrap wood. I then moved to Veenoord. Later, in May 2017, when I approached Agrifirm once again about another building, they offered me this old feed mixing factory after all.”
“Harry came to see me to find out if I would also be interested,” recalls Louis Wittendorp, who also had some experience in waste processing at the family-owned company of the same name in Klazienaveen. According to Harry Pot, “Wittendorp possessed the necessary logistical expertise and experience which would be very valuable for this new adventure.”
At MCE, we are all convinced that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand. Furthermore, we recognise the crucial role that the biomass industry will play in solving the challenges that face today’s society.