Tefac – industrial applications Fatty acids and glycerine are produced by splitting the fat molecule and refining the outcome into high-purity products. Using by-products from speciality oils manufacturing and other sources of raw materials, AAK’s Tefac business creates value-adding solutions for the customer. Fatty acids are basic oleochemicals which are used as raw materials for production of a wide range of products such as detergents, surfactants, paper chemicals, lubricants and plastic and rubber additives. They are also used directly in tyre manufacturing and candle production. In candle making fatty acids provide a natural, sustainable alternative to paraffin. The AAK products may be found in eco-labelled candles made from 100 percent stearin. The market for fatty acids is still undergoing a major consolidation process. AAK is the leading supplier to the Nordic market, where most of the products are sold. Other important markets are Germany, Poland and Russia. Glycerine is used in a diversity of products, for instance cosmetics, concrete and anti-freeze applications. Over the last years the glycerine market has undergone a radical change due to the growth of the biodiesel industry, which also generates glycerine as a by-product. Vastly increased supply has caused prices to erode. However, low prices have resulted in new applications for glycerine. Feed AAK’s feed business manufactures and markets vegetable oils & fats and protein for animal feed. Protein is sold under our ExPro® brand. The patented ExPro® process is used to modify the rapeseed protein structure in a way which makes it bypass the cows’ rumen (first stomach). Bypassing the rumen increases the uptake of amino acids which leads to increased milk yield and protein content in the milk. The ExPro® process also kills off harmful bacteria that may be present in the protein meal. AkoFeed® is our brand for vegetable oils & fats used for feeding of farm animals. Fats are mainly added to farm animal diets to increase energy concentration and growth, but can also be used to increase milk yield and fat content in the milk. Products from AAK’s feed business all aim to improve cost efficiency for farmers and for our customers in the compound feed industry.
AAK Annual Report 2015
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