Alland & Robert has planned to invest €11 million (US$12.8 million) next year to install a fourth production line at its plant in Saint Aubin sur Gaillon, Normandy, France. The investment will increase the company’s production capacity to around 90,000 per year, from the current 20,000 tonnes. Alland & Robert is confident that the 45% increase in production capacity will address the increasing global demand for acacia gum.
The expansion of Alland & Robert’s plant will commence in 2021, covering an area of 8,000 sqm, which will double the plant surface. There will be a new global production unit in order to increase the company’s acacia gum production capacity. The new facility opening is scheduled for the end of 2022.
Frédéric Alland, president of Alland & Robert, said: “This new investment comes on top of the €3 million already invested in 2020 and 2021 to improve our existing production facilities. We are happy the COVID-19 crisis hasn’t slowed down our project – for 2020, we estimate our turnover should increase by approximately 8%. It was €45 million in 2019.”
This investment further reflects the success of Alland & Robert, which has been gaining markets globally and exporting natural gums to more than 70 countries. In addition, the acacia gum market has been growing as the natural, vegetable and healthy ingredient is used in many everyday products. Acacia gum is an organic ingredient by nature, and is used for the formulation of vegetarian and vegan products consumed by consumers today.