26 October 2016

Press Release

Starch Europe announces winners of 2015-2016 Safety Awards

Improving safety practices and achieving a safer working environment is a priority for all the EU starch producers. Starch Europe announces today the winners of this year’s safety awards.

In 2014, Starch Europe launched the Starch Europe Safety Programme which recognizes the best performing EU starch plants in minimizing accidents at work. Starch Europe companies go beyond all relevant national, EU and international health and safety legislation, to minimize the possibility of accidents occurring.

The Starch Europe Safety Programme grants two types of awards:

The year award – awarded to plants which registered no employee lost workday cases involving days away from work for the calendar year, and no employee and no non-employee workplace fatalities for the calendar year.

The million hour award – awarded to plants which registered 1 million consecutive employee hours without an employee lost workday case and without a workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the period.

Data are collected on a quarterly basis by PWC from companies participating on a voluntary basis. The collection of this data started from 1st July 2014. PWC ensures the validity and consistency of the data provided and reports on eligible plants for each award.

39 of the 75 starch plants in the EU represented by the 24 member companies of Starch Europe, participated in the safety award scheme from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016[1]. For the first year, Starch Europe grants both Year Awards and Million-Hour Awards.

Starch Europe is delighted to announce that the 4 following plants are the first to be awarded the Million-Hour Award for 2015-2016:

                                                               Million Hour Award               

COMPANY                                             PLANT                                   
Cargill                                                     Castelmassa, Italy
Cargill                                                     Haubourdin, France
Cargill                                                     Sas van Gent, Netherlands
Roquette                                                Amilina, Lithuania

The Year Award was granted to 17 plants this year – 2 more than last year. Starch Europe is pleased to announce that the following plants were granted the Year Award:

                                                                Year Award

COMPANY                                              PLANT                                          
Avebe                                                      Gasselternijveen, Netherlands
Avebe                                                      Malmö, Sweden
Avebe                                                      Ter Apelkanaal, Netherlands
Cargill                                                      Barby, Germany
Cargill                                                      Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Cargill                                                      Castelmassa, Italy
Cargill                                                      Krefeld, Germany
Cargill                                                      Manchester, United Kingdom
Cargill                                                      Wroclaw, Poland
Finnamyl Oy                                           Kokemäki, Finland
Roquette                                                 Amilina,  Lithuania
Roquette                                                 Beinheim, France
Roquette                                                 Vecquemont, France
Tereos                                                     Haussimont, France
Tereos                                                     Lillebonne, France
Tate & Lyle                                             Tate and Lyle, Netherlands
Tate & Lyle                                              Amylum,  Slovakia

Our congratulations to the winners.

Link to the press release: Starch Europe announces winners of 2015-2016 Safety Awards

For further information, please contact:

Jamie Fortescue – 00 32 2 289 67 67 – mailto:jamie.fortescue@starch.eu–  https://starch.eu/

About Starch Europe

Starch Europe is the trade association which represents the interests of the EU starch industry both at European and international level. Its membership comprises 25 EU starch producing companies, together representing more than 95% of the EU starch industry and, in associate membership, 7 national starch industry associations.  The European starch industry manufactures over six hundred products including native starches, modified starches, liquid and solid sweeteners as well as oils, proteins and fibres that are used as ingredients and functional supplements in a vast array of food, feed and industrial applications. In 2015, from 75 starch production facilities in 20 of the 28 EU Member States, the European starch industry processed about 23,6 million tonnes of  agricultural raw materials, roughly split between wheat (8.5 million tonnes), maize (8.1 million tonnes), and starch potatoes (7 million tonnes) transformed into 10.7 million tonnes of starch and 5 million tonnes of co-products. With a turnover of 7.9 billion Euros, the EU starch industry employs around 14.500 direct employees and provides indirect employment to approximately 100.000 people mainly in the agricultural sector.

[1] In 2014-2015, 41 plants participated, of whom 15 received the year Award.

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