Grain cleaning in the past and present: the company PETKUS – as one of the longest-serving seed and grain technology companies in the world – a story to be told. This book is not only about a fascinating company history between 1852 and 2017, a survival of wars, political aberrations, division and immense social change, but also a history of seed and grain cleaning technologies.
H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on state visit at PETKUS in Wutha-Farnroda
Nigeria and Germany firmed up their mutual efforts in tackling post-harvest losses by driving the implementation of seed and grain conditioning technologies. His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was the honoured guest of PETKUS Technologie GmbH in Wutha Farnroda (Thuringia, Germany). The meeting was of high importance to proceed joined activities in the field of how seed and grain technologies can contribute to wealth, infrastructure and gross national product in Nigeria in the near future.
Trade fair EuroTier, 13 - 16 November, Hall 21, Booth C05
Once again, the “Seed meets Technology” (SMT) fair in Zwaagdijk/Netherlands will be the meeting place for the grass and vegetable seed industry – and PETKUS SELECTA right in the middle. Feel more than cordially invited to visit us on the spot at booth no. 26 for a talk with the experts. And don’t forget to have a look at our exhibits.
"An interesting MoU [Memorandum of Understanding] was signed today", said Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Abuja/Nigeria during her trip to Africa. She referred to the recently signed MoU between PETKUS Technologie GmbH and the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
PETKUS will lead a high raised panel discussion during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) (5.-8. Sept.), one of the largest business platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward. Together with our guests, PETKUS will speak about the often overlooked topic “seed quality” in the seed production value chain – to address bottlenecks, solutions, opportunities and economics.
PETKUS will be part of the exhibition "Experience Industrial Culture – Innovative Thuringia since 1800". The exhibition takes place from 06.06 to 09.09.2018 in the Shedhalle in Pößneck and is to present the traditions of the industrial culture of Thuringia. Accompanying the exhibition, the MDR THÜRINGEN Journal will report about PETKUS on 31st of July at 19 o’clock. PETKUS will also be part of the MDR radio programme "Fazit" on 31st of July at 18 o’clock.
Key trend terms such as digitization, intelligent integrated machinery or innovation have to be put into practice. How it is done and has been done by the PETKUS Group is explained by Mark Scholze, CEO PETKUS Technologie GmbH, and Khaled Raed, PETKUS Innovation Manager, at this year's ISF Seed World Congress in Brisbane/Australia.
PETKUS was selected by the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK) as a successful company to demonstrate the good and long economic relations of both countries on the occasion of the upcoming Football World Cup. The campaign is accompanied by numerous PR campaigns of the AHK together with the selected companies. It was opened by a photo exhibition in the lively pedestrian zones of Staryi Arbat and Tschistoprudnyi Bulvar in Moscow.
Revolution Powder Analyser is the name of the device that Julian Rudelt used to gather more insight into the dynamic flow behaviour of treated seed. In his recently published study [www.journal-kulturpflanzen.de; 70 (5)], he analysed the “Impact of adhesive adjuvants into seed treatments on the flowability of cereal crop seeds”.
Illuminate the differences – detect the unexpected by applying the right illumination option for the right job. The OS 900, the first optical sorter that offered RGB and NIR in one single platform, was further developed into the OS 901 t, where “t” stands for translucence.
The PETKUS Academy Awards and Scholarships 2017 were characterized by women’s power. Sophie Wittig from the Technische Universität Dresden received the PETKUS Academy Award for her outstanding master's thesis in which she showed a remarkable engineering mind-set. Henriette Keuffel from the Universität Hohenheim was awarded a scholarship for her technical engagement, her commitment and her ability for multidisciplinary networking.
From 20th to 24th February, PETKUS Spain will set out at the International Fair of Agricultural Machinery (FIMA), in Zaragoza (Spain), the latest developments in products of our Company and our most representative projects, designed and executed in Spain. All this based on very defined concepts (technology, innovation, engineering and services) and a serious and constant hard work.
The recently launched PETKUS fine seed machinery segment got a considerable strengthening and complementation. The PETKUS Holding acquires a majority interest in a joint venture with Selecta Machinefabriek BV. For this purpose, a new corporation was started and named "PETKUS Selecta BV". Selecta will be relocated and will move closer to the new PETKUS Vegetable and Fine Seed Technology Centre in Zwaagdijk (NL).
We would like to express our sincere thanks for your trusting cooperation and the numerous interesting projects that we were able to work on together. We wish all our customers, friends and employees health and success in the new year.
Within its scientific network and the framework of the PRoF project (www.petkus.com/academy), the PETKUS Academy hosted 25 guests from reputable key accounts and universities/research institutes. In addition to meet and greet, the international audience discussed future seed processing trends with special regard to precision quality sorting.
No seed and grain plant without air sifter. Air sifters are the centrepiece of almost all plants dealing with any kind of crops – whether it is for seed or consumption grain. Decades passed them untouched. Innovations? Negative report!
ROEBER Institut GmbH presents: "Healthy from the cradle - innovative seed treating methods without chemistry"
To be prepared for the future with the right technology. The implementation of that credo was impressively demonstrated by Dr. Doreen Thoren, Manager Research Department of the ROEBER Institute, at the DLG Forum "Crop Production Live" held during the AgriTechnica 2017. The presentation, which was sponsored by the Federal Programme for Organic Agriculture and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN), dealt with the topic "Innovative seed treatment methods without chemistry".
The PETKUS/ROEBER MultiCoater CM 300 was awarded the Innovation Award in Silver at the Agritechnica 2017. DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer (right) presented the medal and certificate to Mark Scholze and Dr. Khaled Raed.
Bringing aerodynamics into the play, seed sorting can be done more precise and more gentle. Concurrently, one may cause separation by accident and not by precision when not having aerodynamics under control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Their Majesties were guests at PETKUS: Royal delegation from Cameroon informed themselves about seed technology
Even the police was alarmed and ready for escorting when the bus with the ten queens and kings passed through Wutha-Farnroda. Berlin – Leipzig – Dresden and then Wutha-Farnroda: PETKUS was one of the stop-over of the royal delegation. Together with representatives from industry and science, the delegation was on a special trip through Germany.
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.
Seed processing in the future? With smart facilities and smart machines which are taught to recognize what a good seeds look like? Demands on seed quality are increasing, and following the complexity of the processing machines. PETKUS is moving to this “Seed Industry 4.0” in two phases.
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”.
Insider knowledge: Dr. Christian Engel, Product Manager Seed Coating, talks about “targeting seed coating quality”
The European Seed Insider Column highlights technological solutions for high quality seed coating. One conclusion for quality seed production lies in the technology. For sure, high reproducibility, reduced friction and coating homogeneity have to do with technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Multitasking Dryer: When You Need Precision and Flexibility! In his “European Seed” expert column, PETKUS Innovation Manager, Dr. Khaled Raed, talks about the benefits of using the PETKUS fluidized bed dryer "DF" as a post-treatment and small lot dryer.
Jon Moreland, Senior VP Sales EES Companies/PETKUS and North American Representative for the PETKUS International Business Council, talks exclusively with Seed World about innovative technologies for seed sorting and coating.
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.
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.
The ROEBER Institut GmbH, the R&D department of PETKUS and especially in the field of optoelectronic grain sorting a recognized expert in the industry, successfully applied for the "Karlsruhe Business Innovation Program".
Insider knowledge: PETKUS CEO Mark Scholze shares innovative ideas and new paradigms for the seed industry
Does the seed industry need a paradigm shift? And trendsetting ideas that promise a boost for seed technologies? Precision processing follows precision farming. In the “European Seed” magazine, Mark Scholze, CEO of PETKUS Technologie GmbH, reports about new industry trends from an insider perspective.
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.
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.
PETKUS Engineering GmbH acquired SIMEZA Silos Metálicos Zaragoza S.L.: added-value for grain logistics
With the acquisition of the tradition-rich Spanish company “SIMEZA" Silos Metálicos Zaragoza S.L. (Zaragoza, Spain), PETKUS Engineering GmbH (Wutha-Farnroda, Germany) broadened its product portfolio for the grain logistics’ business. Luca Celeghini, CEO of PETKUS Engineering GmbH has taken on the leadership of SIMEZA.
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).
Increase germination capacity by 25%. Reduce problematic impurities and defects by 55-75%. Detect and eliminate tiny fissures while minimizing kernel loss and thereby maximizing seed volumes. The ROEBER OS 900 continually proved its superiority in impurity recognition and reduction during a series of practical comparison tests.
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.
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.
In the North-East of Rumania PETKUS is currently building one of the most technically advanced seed plants in the country on a turnkey basis for Moldova Seminte S.R.L.. After an intensive design and permitting phase, both construction and installation of the technology are now in full swing.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Russia’s leading exhibition for mixed feed and milling machinery, the “MVC: Cereals – Mixed Feed –Veterinary – 2016” Exhibition took place in Moscow from January 26-28, 2016. It was the seventh time that PETKUS took part in this Moscow-based international industrial trade fair.
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.
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.
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.
PETKUS Technologie is a repeat offender: design and functionality have once again been successfully combined with efficiency and quality—all captured in one machine.
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.
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.
Mark Scholze was interviewed about PETKUS and its new products by Seed World at the 2015 European Seed Assocation Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria.
On October 11-13, the Annual Meeting of the European Seed Assocation (ESA) took place in Vienna-a prominent event where industry leaders can disuss the latest developments of the seed business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about our newly developed and award-winning dryer DS 1500-9, which had been developed in close cooperation with our Czech partner Bednar FMT s.r.o..
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.
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.
The world’s largest International Exhibition for Agricultural Machinery and Equipment, Agritechnica 2013 was a complete success for PETKUS in all aspects.