The main work in the plant, which mainly produces durable and fresh milk, will begin in February 2022. Where fresh milk is now produced, it will be produced durable, using new technologies. The company will buy new filling and packaging machines and conveyors. Some current machines are as old as 30 years. In the remaining premises, warehouses will be created, of which the plant now has few, and a new large-capacity warehouse. The plant must now also store in leased premises, which will cost more than CZK 4 million a year. Storage capacity will increase from 4,300 to 11,000 pallets.
“The main thing why all this is being done is that the equipment is expiring and ending. A working concept must emerge for the next twenty to twenty-five years. Production will be built with a minimum number of people. The investment will also include a large warehouse so that we do not store it with someone else, “said Jaroslav Štípek, the plant’s director. He added that the number of employees would be reduced, he did not give the exact number.
In Pelhřimov, the company will produce 100 million liters of long-life milk a year, the maximum new capacity will be 120 to 150 million liters. Madeta’s management originally wanted to close the plant, from which it eventually withdrew. In 2004, Madeta stopped making cheese in Pelhřimov and fired over 50 people. According to Štípek, due to the collection of milk, it is advantageous that the plant is close to the D1 motorway.
The company divided the half-billion investment into several stages, the first of which has already been completed. This year, it modernized milk sterilization for CZK 60 million. Of the three old sterilizers, one remains, which has a general, and the company has purchased a new one. Compared to the old ones, it has a capacity of more than five times, up to 32,000 liters per hour. New production technologies will be from Tetra Pak.
Milk has been processed industrially in Pelhřimov since 1905. After 1940, the dairy was raised by businessman Josef Pejcl. In 1960, the regime incorporated it under Jihočeské mlékárny. In 1987, the construction of an automated dairy began, and since November 19, 1989, it has been producing durable milk in boxes, and has been the first in the country to do so. In Pelhřimov, they process about a quarter of the milk that goes to Madeta. When shutting down other plants, it serves as a backup, and can receive up to 450,000 liters of milk per day.
Madeta has four production plants – in Planá nad Lužnicí, Český Krumlov, Jindřichův Hradec and Pelhřimov. It employs 1,500 people and processes 900,000 liters of milk a day. It has 170 suppliers of raw milk, offers over 250 types of products, exports a fifth of production. In October, the purchase price per liter of raw milk was 9.21 crowns. Last year, Madeta increased its profit after tax by almost half year on year to 311.4 million crowns. Revenues rose by 1.2 percent to 5.61 billion crowns.
Source: E15.cz by www.e15.cz.
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