Keeping and building on in-house expertise is a longstanding tradition at PETKUS. Founded in the 1970s, the “Saatengold Creuzburg” laboratory was unique to the industry and tested and optimized seed cleaners under practical conditions. Broadly applicable criteria were developed here that are still used today to evaluate the quality of seed technology. In the meantime, PETKUS has built its own technical testing facility on the headquarter site. Here is where the first corn kernel trickled through the OS900 and the prototype of the G40 was tested. This is where new products take their first breath.
PETKUS has also invested in a numberof seed laboratories. These laboratories are used to deliver the ROEBER Institute ideas and analytical methods for new innovations. In addition it serves customers and investors by examining grain or seed samples. Through these examinations individual sieve diagrams or sorting processes for specific crop types can be created. As an example, a DON-contaminated sample was processed with the optical sorter such that it was within legal limits and could thus be brought to market. In another example wild rice was effectively separated from cultured rice.
PETKUS plants implement strict quality control procedures and place special emphasis on process quality and traceability. PETKUS defines quality with the same words as The German society for quality: "Quality is the ability to meet the specifications stipulated for the individual characteristics of a product”. For PETKUS, customer satisfaction has the highest priority. PETKUS only processes approved raw materials or parts with corresponding quality certificates, only works with audited vendors and suppliers and subjects its finished products to a rigid quality control process. All projects are established with modern management methods and underlie the company’s code of business conduct.