News

06.10.2017

Inauguration of the new PETKUS Fine and Vegetable Seed Technology Centre in Zwaagdijk, NL

Analysing seed samples; evaluating coating machines’ settings; developing customized treatment recipes; support in seed conditioning issues – the list of service is comprehensive. The new PETKUS Fine and Vegetable Seed Technology Centre in the so-called Dutch Seed Valley (Appelmarkt 9a, 1681 PE Zwaagdijk) closes the gap between technology and practical application. The service & support approach of the centre is unique in the business.

12.09.2017

Innovation Award in Silver for the PETKUS MultiCoater CM 300

Innovation Award AGRITECHNICA 2017: PETKUS MultiCoater CM 300 is the winner of the DLG innovation award in silver. The PETKUS MultiCoating technology was chosen among 320 DLG-approved applications for product innovations and based on stringent criteria.

12.09.2017

Meet the experts: PETKUS at SMT in Zwaagdijk 26-28 September

PETKUS cordially invites you to visit us at the “Seed Meets Technology” fair in Zwaagdijk (Netherlands). Be our guest and feel welcome to discuss your concerns, exchange information, get to know PETKUS or have a look at the newest fine seed processing technologies.

21.08.2017

PETKUS strengthens its Seed Coating Service

The Dutch seed technologist Ko Oud will strengthen the PETKUS Service Team in Enkhuizen (Netherlands) in the area of seed coating. The increasing complexity of coating recipes, the intensified activities of PETKUS in the sector of fine seeds and vegetable seeds as well as the new PETKUS MultiCoating technology have made PETUS to set up a highly specialized service team for seed coating.

16.08.2017

How Can We Help? – The Customized Service Approach

From a company’s perspective, it can be selling and commissioning while the client is buying and operating. But is this satisfactory and successful? There is something in between that makes the difference between a highly economical operating plant and a just working plant: it is service. In times where it is important to considerably reduce good seed loss while preserving high quality seed output by precise sorting processes, and on the same time, skilled operating personnel becomes rare, success is written by clever project planning and managing.

10.07.2017

German Brand Award 2017: PETKUS honored with „Special Mention“

During a gala event at the German Historic Museum in Berlin, PETKUS was acknowledged for its commitment to the competitiveness of German Brands. With the rating “Special Mention”, the German Brand Institute awarded particular aspects in brand management within its Branding Awards 2017. PETKUS was honored in the section Excellence in Branding / Machines & Engineering.

10.07.2017

PETKUS Turnkey Engineering: Combining Technology with Economics

PETKUS turnkey engineering is more than just designing and constructing. It is an active PLUS in terms of service, consulting, experience and expertise. Technology, Engineering and Agricultural Economics go hand in hand. The current European Seed magazine online expert series dedicates this topic in a special column.

09.05.2017

Visit PETKUS/ROEBER at ISF in Budapest 22-24 May

PETKUS cordially invites all customers, friends & guests being fascinated by seed technology to come to its booths. Use the opportunity to discuss special topics with our experts, to get informed about newest innovations and to meet old acquaintances.

16.03.2017

New Coating Technology drives Enhanced Seed Quality: Barenbrug invested in a sophisticated PETKUS CM 100 Coating Line

It has to deliver exceptional quality. It has to be highly reproducible. It has to have the option to develop complex individual coating recipes. It has to set new standards. Having these requirements in mind, it was clear that it has to be a MultiCoater. When the Dutch grass and legume breeding company Barenbrug decided to initiate a seed processing technology upgrade in order to have leading-edge seed coating quality, their attention was drawn to the PETKUS MultiCoater “CM”.

08.03.2017

PETKUS Academy hands out scholarships and Academy Awards for exceptional performance

They drew attention to themselves through exceptional performance. This year’s scholarship and Academy Award winners were recognized for their excellent thesis work and their role model engagement in their fields of expertise. Tribute was paid during a 2 day Student-Days event at the PETKUS Academy where 17 students from various universities and colleges were invited.

06.03.2017

PETKUS K-Cleaner Series: A Small Machine helps stimulate the African Seed Market

A small effective machine with high impact: In close collaboration with the GIZ, PETKUS delivered a mobile seed plant to NAFASO, the largest seed producer in Burkina Faso with considerable market share in West to Central Africa. The mobile plant with the cleaner type K 531 as the centrepiece is doing a great job. During the ten weeks of operation, more than 2.000 t of seeds such as maize, black eyed peas, sorghum and sesame were processed.

17.02.2017

PETKUS Academy: Forum or International Experts

The international world of PETKUS experts gathered together recently in Wutha-Farnroda to kick off another exciting year. Exchanging experience, transferring knowledge and networking have become a sought after routine at the PETKUS Academy. Over a two week period seed and grain experts representing over 20 nations from the USA to Vietnam to Australia and Russia discussed, debated and evaluated a host of topics.

30.01.2017

PETKUS/EES Companies expands seed testing facility in Des Moines, Iowa: Going beyond the lab

Going beyond the lab and testing at full commercial scale – all for the benefit of the PETKUS/EES Companies’ clients in North America. EES Companies invested in a large operational testing facility in the Des Moines area, where seed samples can be analysed using commercial throughput rates and quality standards on a one-to-one customized basis. The machines and technologies installed are exclusively from PETKUS.

23.01.2017

Seed Breeding Company KWS receives the first brand new PETKUS MultiCoater CM 25

Success begins with “q” for quality. This is the line that the globally successful seed breeding company KWS in Einbeck (Germany) follows. As such they took the decision to go with the latest and most advanced technology for coating and treating that is available on the market today. During a recent handover celebration, KWS received the first PETKUS MultiCoater CM 25, which is now ready for serial production.

05.12.2016

A prototype gets ready for series production: PETKUS presents the MultiCoater CM 25

The PETKUS MultiCoater family has a new member. After having presented the CM 100 prototype at the AgriTechnica 2015 which has attracted a great deal of attention since then, the “little brother” CM 25 has now been launched. It inherited the innovative genes of its “CM” family: Coating and drying in one step, air cushion technology, wing-form deflectors made of a shock-absorbing polymer as well as a precise, fully automatic control system with recipe saving features.

09.11.2016

EuroTier 15.-18.11.2016: Visit PETKUS at the trade fair in Hannover

PETKUS will once again be presenting innovative Technologies at the EuroTier trade fair in Hannover. The newly launched WW 415/418 Roller Mill will be available for public viewing at the PETKUS booth located at 21E 15. Please feel free to drop by and let us inform you and/or exchange your thoughts and ideas on technological solutions and product configurations with us.

17.10.2016

AGROSALON 2016 in Moscow/Russia: The PETKUS team held a press conference on innovative technologies

The newest PETKUS innovations were the focus of interest during the AGROSALON 2016 in Moscow, the most important exhibition for the Russian Federation, specialized on agricultural machinery and equipment. PETKUS as innovation leader in the seed and grain business was invited to the official press conference with a commission of five experts around CEO Mark Scholze to discuss the role of innovative technologies in the Russian agricultural sector.

13.10.2016

The PRoF-Project: Kick-off event for scientific networking with well-known scientists

One of the premises of the PETKUS Academy is to establish a link between the scientific community and industry. The PRoF-project („PETKUS Research of the Future“) was initiated as an interdisciplinary scientific network to do exactly that. Eleven scientists from the fields of mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, seed technology, phytopathology, environmental engineering, economics and electrical technology were invited to the kick-off event in Wutha-Farnroda.

24.08.2016

Recognized expert: Carlos Hansel from PETKUS Brazil was the guest speaker at the 5th APASSUL “Meeting of Seed Producers”

Carlos Hansel, CEO of PETKUS Engenhaira Ltda. (Brazil), shared his knowledge on seed processing technologies with seed industry representatives during the 5th “Meeting of Seed Producers and Technical Responsible Training”, organized from APASSUL (Associação dos Produtores e Comerciantes de Sementes e Mudas do Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil) and CSM (Conselho de Sementes e Mudas).

13.07.2016

Quality on Wheels: PETKUS and GIZ deliver mobile seed plant to Burkina Faso

Small plant with big impact, as at the end of the project the compact mobile PETKUS seed plant will supply more than 15,000 rice and sesame farmers with enhanced seed. Nowadays, post-harvest losses amount to 35%, and only 17% of the farmers use certified seed. As a result, poor emergence and inhomogeneous canopies with uneven ripening reduce yields.

02.06.2016

Successful Market Launch: PETKUS G mid-ex delivers convincing results under real conditions

The PETKUS G mid-ex was recently launched for market at the AgriTechnica 2015 and has established itself well in the market in this short time period. The reason for this is tied to the excellent results delivered by this innovative gravity table with its distinctive deck. Production capacity has been increased to meet market demands and ensure fast delivery. Reference tests have proven that product value increased by approx. 80€ per MT when using G mid-ex technology vs. previously used technologies.

19.04.2016

New PETKUS Innovation leaflet - We supply your solutions

Seed conditioning seldom performs according to the book. Every location, every season and every seed lot is different. The new PETKUS Solution leaflet informs about how to reduce dust abrasion and to improve germination capacity while applying state-of-the-art technology.

11.04.2016

Test winner PETKUS C 200: each pill as perfect as the next

Uniformly round and free of cracks to its surface: the perfect pill becomes a reality through usage of a PETKUS seed pelleting line. When put to the test against a Western competitor, the PETKUS batch treater C 200 demonstrated its superiority in the pelletizing of sugar beet seed. On site at BETA Ziraat ve Ticaret A.Ş. in Altİnekin, Turkey, the treaters’ process and pelleting quality were analysed after being run under practical conditions.

02.03.2016

New release: "Companies and People of the German Agricultural Machinery Industry"

“The further backward you look, the further forward you can see,” Winston Churchill once said of history. The same goes for the tradition of a company—a fact acknowledged by Dr.-Ing. Klaus Krombholz in his book, “Companies and People of the German Agricultural Machinery Industry.” Dr. Krombholz dedicates two chapters of his “who’s who” on the German agricultural machinery industry to the PETKUS Group.

22.02.2016

Revolutionizing a classic: PETKUS’ scraper chain conquers the challenges of organic farming and soybean production

Experience proves once again that PETKUS Cleaners excel at handling product with a high proportion of hulls or foreign material. Revealing itself as a unique manufacturer of technology, PETKUS equips its cleaners with a scraper chain in addition to a ball-cleaner. Especially in the realm of organic farming and soybean production, PETKUS’ scraper chain reigns supreme over all other screen-cleaning methods.

09.02.2016

PETKUS Inc. USA expands its test lab and showroom

To accommodate the addition of its latest innovations, PETKUS Inc. USA, represented in the states by EES Companies, has expanded its Des Moines, Iowa test lab and showroom to twice its former size.

02.02.2016

PETKUS Academy: A meeting of international experts in Wutha-Farnroda

PETKUS Academy has once again welcomed an international group of PETKUS experts to a technology training week at its headquarters. Forefront in discussion were the latest in industry developments, present technological challenges, and strategies for tackling today’s markets. The circle of experts in seed and grain technology hailed from across the globe: Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

15.12.2015

PETKUS Academy Awards 2015

The PETKUS Seal of Approval! Two exceptional students presented their Bachelor Theses at the PETKUS Academy on December 12, 2015. This was the third year that the PETKUS Academy Awards have been presented in an effort to support the young people who will help shape the future in the Thuringia Region. “This award is a fulfilling acknowledgement of my work and a huge personal honour for me” commented Ralf Näther, one of this year’s winners.

26.11.2015

More than just an upgrade: the new PETKUS Gravity Separator

The time for mediocracy is over. The new PETKUS Gravity Separator G 20 “Mid-Ex” puts an end to mediocre compromises and sorts accordingly: all or nothing. The specially developed Mid-Ex table top sorts goods precisely into heavy and light factions. The often problematic middle faction is removed.

26.11.2015

PETKUS product innovation: the new MultiCoater CM

PETKUS’ innovation offers more than just a single machine. The solution for high quality seed production lies in the technology: stress reduction. Minimization of process steps. Elimination of friction. Preservation of germination capability. Sowability optimisation.

10.11.2015

AGRITECHNICA 2015

From November 8-14, PETKUS will be displaying six products with highly innovative characteristics in Hannover, Germany at the 2015 AgriTechnica, the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment.

19.10.2015

Experience PETKUS. History. Vision. Future.

A 163 year old successful and eventful history. Over 350 employees worldwide. Main headquarters in the same location since 1852. Six PETKUS regional headquarters. 24 PETKUS international sales and service centers. Countless patents and innovations. There are many reasons one should experience PETKUS—which approximately 100 guests from over 20 countries learned firsthand when they were invited by PETKUS CEO’s Mark Scholze and Luca Celeghini to Wutha-Farnroda on September 17, 2015.

28.05.2015

World Seed Congress 2015

At this year's ISF World Seed Congress 2015 in Krakow, Poland, PETKUS presented its OptoSelector OS 900 and drew once again all eyes on it.

23.03.2015

PETKUS Technologie GmbH expands to South America

PETKUS Technologie GmbH, the well-established and renowned German manufacturer of seed and grain processing technology is expanding its global distribution network of currently 14 worldwide offices and announces to open its first branch in South America: PETKUS Brazil. The newest subsidiary will have its headquarters in the city of Santa Cruz. CEO and contact person on site is Mr. Carlos Hansel.

27.02.2015

There is something going on at PETKUS!

Excavators worked, earth was moved and wells were dug. Foundation work has been completed. Due to the growing global awareness and the increasing demand for seed and grain processing machines, the leading German manufacturer PETKUS Technologie GmbH is expanding. A finished goods warehouse with storage of spare parts and machines is currently under construction.

15.12.2014

Awarding of the “PETKUS Academy Award 2014"

For the second time the renowned Thuringian company PETKUS awarded the “PETKUS Academy Award 2014”. The 500€ doped prize was created in a close cooperation between the University of Cooperative Education Eisenach and the PETKUS Group.

07.11.2014

Exclusive video interview for “Seed World”

On the margins of the ESA Annual Meeting 2014 in Lisbon, Mark Scholze (PETKUS CEO) and Shawn Brook (President of Issues Ink) met for an interview to look back on the development and achievements of the last 20 years of PETKUS.

13.10.2014

PETKUS is building one of the most modern seed processing plants in Germany

After a mere ten month planning and construction period the traditional and well established Thuringian company, PETKUS Technologie GmbH opened one of the most modern seed processing plants in Germany. For the Raiffeisen Waren GmbH Kassel, it is a turnkey processing plant, including combined storage silos in Großengottern. 162 years of experience is what PETKUS brings to its partners and customers with their specialty field of seed and grain processing machines. As a partner in the modern agriculture world PETKUS delivers globally not only individually designed machines but also logistical and technical concepts: starting with the delivery of goods, cleaning and sorting, storage and packaging. Because of this history, knowledge and established name the Raiffeisen Waren GmbH Kassel entrusted PETKUS with a contract in September of 2013 to build a new seed processing plant with a high emphasis being placed on environmental and user-safe technologies. Harvest begin 2014 was the agreed upon completion deadline. Since then, the processing and refining of various different cereal species such as wheat, barley, rye and oats to high-quality, certified seed take place in Großengottern.

09.09.2014

Career start at PETKUS Four apprentices start into their professional lives

September 1, 2014, full of energy four new apprentices start their training program at PETKUS Technologie GmbH. PETKUS was founded in 1852 as the world's first company specialized in the construction and production of seed sorting and cleaning machines. Since its inception the company has been a major employer in the region. Last spring the four young men – Moritz Büchner, Tobias Märtin, Tom Mehrbach, and Karl-Wilhelm Spahn –applied and were accepted for the three and a half year apprenticeship program in mechatronics in the headquarters.

29.08.2014

PETKUS Gravity Table G40 - The next Generation

Founded in 1852 PETKUS was the first company worldwide to specialize in the design and production of seed sorting and cleaning machines. The focus on continuous improvement and development throughout the changing decades has led to its standing as a traditional and reputable force in Thuringia. After two years of research and in cooperation with scientists PETKUS has landed a coup with its new Gravity Table G40. The objective of the new design was to achieve the best possible separation effect and a cleaning efficiency of nearly 100%. To achieve this goal, research was conducted with state-of-the-art fluid mechanics simulation tools.

31.07.2014

PETKUS goes Green – focusing on the future

The PETKUS-engineers have developed the first “green” continuous flow dryer that can be operated entirely without fossil fuels. The initial move for this purpose was made by the Czech partner Bednar FMT s.r.o.. This led to an ecologic progressive cooperation.

16.05.2014

Visitors from Africa

A business delegation from Cameroon visited the traditional Thuringian company. The high quality standard is also in demand in the West African country. That is why representatives from businesses and organizations are looking for cutting-edge technologies and high-quality production machines.

01.04.2014

PETKUS Girls‘ Day 2014 - Powergirls

What was once unthinkable is now no longer impossible to imagine. In "typical male professions" such as industrial mechanic or mechatronic technician, even today women can be found – but still rather rare ... At this year's Girls' Day PETKUS offers five schoolgirls an exciting insight into exactly these two professions.

06.02.2014

Awarding of the “PETKUS Academy Awards”

Responsibility for the youth – for the first time the company presented the "PETKUS Academy Awards" to the best Bachelor graduates of 2013 of the University of Cooperative Education Eisenach in the fields of economy and engineering.

25.11.2013

PETKUS at the AGRITECHNICA 2013

The world’s largest International Exhibition for Agricultural Machinery and Equipment, Agritechnica 2013 was a complete success for PETKUS in all aspects.