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Roquette’s technical visit

Tuesday 26 March 2013, by Aïda Amine





Roquette, a French family group with an international dimension, processes renewable raw materials: maize, wheat, potatoes, peas and micro-algae.
Among the 5 global leaders in the starch manufacturing industry, it offers its customers a wide range of products and solutions in the fields of human nutrition, pharmacy-cosmetology, paper-board, chemistry-bioindustry and animal nutrition.
Present in over 100 countries, Roquette has a turnover of over 3 billion euros. The group employs more than 7 800 staff.
Its development, focused on nutrition and health and plant-based chemistry, is based on a strategy giving preference to the long-term, the innovation and the commitment to achieve.
Its mission: « Serve men and women by offering the best of nature »

Roquette Lestrem is the largest biorefinery in Europe.
This plant is the main and historical site of the group. With an area of 150 hectares, the site lies on three communes and two Departments (Nord and Pas-de-Calais).
This factory converts 7 000 tons of grains each day and markets more than 700 products.
Roquette Lestrem site brings together many skills from the production areas to the main Research & Development center and also the head office where the central functions are performed: human resources, accounts, sales, management of IT systems … From the pilot project to the industrial application, the major part of the Roquette product ranges is imagined, designed and developed on this site.
The leading exporter of Nord – Pas de Calais, Roquette puts the region in pole position of the regions exporting agro-food products.
Furthermore, Roquette is the third biggest private employer in Pas de Calais with more than 2 800 staff.
Located close to the major cereal basins and the major consumer areas of Northern Europe, an important motorway network, numerous sea and river ports, multimodal platforms and railway lines, the factory enjoys a privileged geographical situation.

During a short bus ride, you will see all the production units, but also corporate services, pilots and laboratories.
And then, you will have the opportunity to visit Europe’s main corn starch plant and our state of the art application laboratories.