Wheat: a crisis-proof raw material

Versatile raw material offers potential for sustainable management

A statement by Gustav Deiters, managing partner of the Crespel & Deiters Group

Coronavirus and its effects have shown how fragile global value chains can be: “business as usual” is not a forward-looking solution. The raw material wheat, an indispensable nutritional component, was available even at the peak of the state of emergency due to its regionality and is now convincing as a signpost for responsible economic activity “post corona”. Sustainability, competence and innovation are required to withstand future crises. With more than 160 years of expertise in processing wheat, the Crespel & Deiters Group uses the full spectrum of this versatile natural product for people, animals and industry: as functional ingredients and applications, wheat products improve food, packaging, technical applications and animal feed.

Current buzzwords such as supply chain control, green tech, direct trade or recycling management illustrate an increasing need for the economy to take more responsibility for society and the environment in order to remain future-proof even after the current crisis. Wheat as a natural raw material is a model candidate for high quality standards and environmentally friendly processes.

Through joint production, i.e. the manufacture of different products from an initial substance, the renewable raw material can be completely utilised. Regional sourcing allows transport routes and emissions to be kept low, and supply chains to be secured even under difficult circumstances. The Crespel & Deiters Group processes about 330,000 tons of wheat per year. This natural product comes 100% from the EU, at least 75% of which is grown in Germany. This quota is confirmation that wheat contributes to the stable supply of domestic staple foods.

It is no coincidence that, according to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the agricultural and food industry is part of the country’s systemically relevant infrastructure. At the Crespel & Deiters Group, production was running at full capacity during the crisis. In addition, targeted stockpiling and long-term supply contracts provided the necessary security. This enabled the company to ensure that its supply chains for the food, non-food and animal feed sectors were not interrupted.

Not only must security of supply be guaranteed, it must also meet dynamic global demands. Environmental protection and careful use of natural resources are central to this. State-of-the-art production technologies and sustainable methods meet these requirements in the processing of wheat. Due to their functionality, the ingredients derived from natural wheat can also improve the quality of the end product or provide the desired added value, reduce the consumption of resources and optimise the production process in many areas of application.

Wheat is also a component of a balanced and sensible crop rotation. In this way, the cereal provides functional agricultural land and ensures a stable ecosystem. Thanks to its high nutritional value and good storage properties, wheat is also indispensable for the world’s food supply. Wheat accounts for 20% of global calorie consumption and due to the growing world population, demand is continuously increasing.

The motto “think globally, act locally” must not be just a slogan – it has to be acted upon by the whole of society as a lesson learned from the Corona crisis. Alongside politicians, consumers and the economy must also bear joint responsibility. We are trying to make the best possible use of innovation and expertise to create sustainable products with added value.

Brand relaunch

C&D Petfood & Feed becomes Trigea and Crespeo

Our brand C&D Petfood & Feed is known as a developer, producer and supplier of functional wheat-based products for the production of pet food and livestock feed, as well as high-quality animal feed for agricultural enterprises.

We have split our C&D Petfood & Feed into two new brands so as to make our product range, service and products available to the various industries and customers in an even more targeted and effective manner. The Trigea brand has been created from our Petfood division, and the Crespeo brand has been created from our Feed division. The vision and objective of our work remain the same: providing pets and livestock with the high-quality, sustainable ingredients of the natural raw material wheat and thereby contributing to the animals’ health, well-being and performance.

With immediate effect, Trigea offers the pet food industry high-quality solutions for pet food with its wheat-based Trigovit® products.

On the other hand, with its Crespovit® products, Crespeo now offers the feed industry and agricultural enterprises high-quality wheat-based products and feed for livestock.

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Social distancing is important for the time being. Our three hares are keeping the distance, too. With a temporarily modified campaign logo, we are sending a clear signal of solidarity in the fight against the spread of the corona virus.

At present – as well as in the coming weeks – we will maintain our measures and procedures in dealing with the corona pandemic. The supply of raw materials is also still secured, so that our production runs without impairment. This means that we can continue to reliably supply our customers with our wheat-based products.

Production is in full swing

We process 920 t mainly german wheat per day to wheat starches and wheat proteins. In these days our production is in full swing!

Our 380 employees of the Crespel & Deiters Group give their very best to maintain production through a variety of measures. Our wheat starches and wheat proteins are processed into food, petfood and technical applications by the respective industries into end products.

The personal engagement and flexibility of every employee contributes to ensure that this important supply chain is not interrupted. We are very grateful to all who contribute to this.

Gustav Deiters, Managing Director of Crespel & Deiters in 5th generation

Picture Gustav Deiters: © Bundesmühlenkontor GmbH/Steffen Höft

Dealing with the corona pandemic within the Crespel & Deiters Group

March 17, 2020

As the corona virus continues to spread worldwide, we would like to provide an update on the current situation and how to deal with the corona pandemic within the Crespel & Deiters Group.

The health of our employees has top priority. Our employees are already regularly trained in hygiene guidelines and in the use of personal protection and hygiene measures. The training content is adapted to the respective recommendations of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute. Necessary preventive and protective agents such as disinfection, disposable face masks, gloves, etc. are stored. As a preventive measure, we decided to hand over the shift in written form or by phone to reduce personal contact. The delivery of raw materials and the delivery of finished goods also take place without contact with drivers or are reduced to a minimum. Administrative staff may – as far as possible – work from their home office.

To maintain our business, telephone and video conferences are held and business trips are temporarily suspended. There are special areas within our company premises that only authorized, internal employees may enter. In addition, by reorganizing the operational processes, we have ensured that employees from different areas and different shifts do not meet.

Because we only process EU wheat, which at least 75% comes from German cultivation, we can currently maintain our supply chains. We also achieve this through targeted stockpiling and our long-term supply contracts. The movement of goods across the internal European borders can currently be maintained; here there may only be delays at the borders. At the moment we can confirm that we have no problems in delivering to our customers.

Our regular internal communication informs all employees of the Crespel & Deiters Group about our further handling of the corona pandemic. We evaluate the developments every day in order to derive measures for the Crespel & Deiters Group.

The priority is the health protection of our employees and the associated security and maintenance of our business activities.

Regional starch products: Your first choice when it comes to improving environmental compatibility

At the latest since “Fridays for Future”, the flood of plastic packaging, resource consumption or global warming have been buzzwords labelling the impact of our modern lifestyle on the world. The starch industry offers some solutions to the pressing questions of our time. In January 2020, at a press conference held during the International Green Week in Berlin, Dr Peter Haarbeck, Managing Director of the German Grain, Mill and Starch Industry Association, VGMS e.V. and Gustav Deiters, spokesman for the VGMS executive committee and managing director of Crespel & Deiters GmbH & Co. KG, drew attention to the key significance of regional starch raw materials for trend-setting solutions.

Wheat proteins are a building block in feeding the world

The global population is growing and, with it, the need for food. To be in a position to sustainably feed about ten billion people in 2050, the availability of high-quality proteins plays a crucial role. In the starch industry, high-quality proteins are obtained from the renewable raw material of wheat. So-called “textured proteins” are produced by extrusion and have a wide range of applications in the food industry.

“The market for textured plant proteins is growing, as are their areas of application. Extrusion offers the food industry an important tool to ensure a surface-saving protein supply for the people”, Gustav Deiters, speaker of the VGMS chairmanship, explains in Berlin. Textured proteins are used for enriching protein. They are also used to reproduce specific textures and, in addition to optimising sensory properties, they add the desired stability to the end-consumer products when used in vegetarian and vegan products, e.g. as meat or fish substitutes.

Well packed, thanks to starch – benefits for protecting resources & a good ecological balance

Packaging plays a central role in nearly all areas of business and private life; it ensures safe transportation and protects high-value goods, regardless of whether food or car parts. The demand for sustainable packaging solutions made of paper, cardboard and paper board has been growing for years. Reasons for this are found in constantly increasing online trade and the export of goods as well as in the discussion regarding the wide-spread avoidance of plastic waste in the first place.

Using corrugated board as packaging is attractive in more way than one,” Gustav Deiters says. “On the one hand, at just under 700 kg CO2/t, the carbon footprint of corrugated board is five times smaller than that of plastic, which is about 3,500 kg CO2/t. Secondly, corrugated board is recycled up to 20 times. And, thanks to the use of starch-based, high-performance adhesives, it is 100 per cent recyclable. Packaging is good for the ecological balance, not only directly but also indirectly: It allows us to protect valuable goods and, as such, resources,” Deiters continues.

Raw material wheat: An agricultural product with multi-functional properties

Starch and vegetable proteins are obtained from regionally-grown wheat. These wheat-based raw materials are produced in the EU, are GMO-free and, thanks to their proximity to the starch producers, generate low transport emissions.

The wheat grain has a high nutritional-physiological nutrient value and consists of about 70 per cent starch and 14 per cent protein with high-quality amino acids, in addition to unsaturated fatty acids, fibres, vitamins, and minerals.

With a recovery rate of 99 per cent, the starch industry achieves almost complete utilisation of the raw material, thereby guaranteeing efficient and resource-saving handling of this renewable resource.

The high-quality starch and protein products from domestically-sourced raw materials play an essential role in reducing the feed protein shortage in the EU. Wheat-based liquid feeds ensure balanced, nutrient-reduced feeding, while at the same time complying with environmental regulations such as the Fertiliser Ordinance.

Starch products can contribute to a longer shelf life for food, thereby counteracting food waste.

Future trends, innovations and quality assurance in the starch industry

The demand for alternatives to petrochemical products is constantly growing. Here, the industry’s task is to offer innovative and novel solutions that flexibly respond to consumer needs, while at the same time treating nature and the environment in a resource-conserving manner. Plant-based starch products can make an important contribution to sustainably solving climate and environmental protection issues, for example when used as natural binders and coating systems. Solutions must be found across the entire value chain, and innovations can contribute significantly to supporting farmers and processors in coping with the consequences of more stringent Fertiliser Ordinance regulations.

Environmentally-critical ingredients such as mineral oil products can gradually be replaced by renewable, biodegradable starch-based ingredients in numerous technical areas. The European starch industry is continuously working on innovations and expanding its starch products’ range of functions and applications in both the technical and food sector. The objective is to satisfy ever-changing customer and consumer needs in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and to provide answers to pressing questions with new applications.

The official press release and more background information can be found here on the website of the German Association of the Grain, Milling and Starch Industry, VGMS e.V.

Starch Europe announces 60th anniversary campaign with launch of new StarchinFood.eu Website

Brussels, Belgium 20 May 2019 – 2019 marks the 60 year anniversary of Starch Europe, the trade association representing the European starch industry.

To celebrate this, Starch Europe and their members will be organising a series of actions throughout the year, as the European starch industry celebrates its long and proud history and looks forward to a bright future.

Announcing the launch today of the newly redeveloped online information platform StarchinFood.eu, the first milestone in this year’s anniversary activities, Jamie Fortescue, Managing Director of Starch Europe, stated:

“The plant-based ingredients produced by the EU Starch industry come in many variations with different functions and uses. Thanks to their versatility, these ingredients are widely used by food manufacturers to offer the everyday food that consumers enjoy. This in turn has created an increasing appetite for reliable information about our ingredients.”

Starch in Food now becomes a true digital platform for all stakeholders, including consumers interested in food, with timely fact-based information as well as questions and answers, catering for many different levels of interest. In-depth information on starch-based ingredients, science and media corners for those who want to dig deeper, and a new look and feel all combine to create a reliable source of sound science-based information”, he said.

Throughout 2019, Starch Europe will organise multiple activities, including an events campaign which will be launched at the association’s annual conference on 15 October and which will see its members hosting events across Europe to share stories on starch in food.

C&D supports SeedForward with innovative seed coating

The SeedForward start-up from Osnabrück recently developed an innovative and, most importantly, environmentally-friendly seed coating, which will be sown for the first time this spring. C&D Technical Applications supports SeedForward with a natural, wheat-based binding material that combines the raw materials of the coating and provides a smooth finish. Therefore, the seed coating contains only natural ingredients that don’t pollute the soil or groundwater and pose no threat to our insects.

SeedForward’s organic seed treatment works in many ways: It increases the germination rate, effectively supplies the growing plant with the right nutrients and strengthens root growth, as well as improving the plant’s resistance to weather influences and pests. This promises farmers considerable savings in fertilisation and labour costs as well as stable yields, even under challenging growing conditions.

With its market entry at the beginning of April, SeedForward achieved a decisive objective. “The prospects are excellent,” Jacob P. Bussmann and Jan Ritter, the two founders and managers of the company, unanimously said. “Previous seed coating products, also known as seed dressings, have come under severe pressure, because approval is being phased out for a number of active ingredients, due to environmental and health risks. Effective alternatives are urgently needed,” Ritter explains. Bussmann adds: “More and more farmers are also becoming aware of this. And we are confident that they will appreciate our product, because stable yields that require less work and less time are also economically attractive.”

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C&D is an official pacemaker of KlimaExpo.NRW

KlimaExpo.NRW is propelling climate protection forward.

Implementing the energy transition and reaching the set climate protection goals are among the most important current challenges for politics, business, science, and civil society. NRW is a pioneer in the field of climate protection and, already in 2013, was the first federal state to set binding climate protection targets for itself.

As an initiative of the federal government, KlimaExpo.NRW presents the technological and economic potential to the general North Rhine-Westphalian public. Thanks to the initiative, bright minds from business, science and society are brought together. Not only do they and they cooperate with regional development agencies; they also liaise closely with specialist partners, associations and sector organisations.

With a total of at least 1,000 projects, players and campaigns, a nationwide process is to be initiated. The purpose: making climate protection visible as a driving force for progress and encouraging participation,

Thanks to the successes achieved to date, in addition to other objectives concerning sustainability and climate protection, Crespel & Deiters has been nominated as an official pacemaker of KlimaExpo.NRW.

Ever since we commenced our entrepreneurial activities, environmentally-friendly and sustainable action has been one of our key corporate goals. We work on identifying and implementing savings potentials every day , so as to secure sustainable business workings and protect the environment for future generations.

Within the framework of KlimaExpo.NRW, we have thus committed ourselves to continue working on our carbon footprint in the future and to decrease it even further, despite our planned rise in output.

Find out more on how Crespel & Deiters works in order to ensure sustainable business, and which objectives the company has set for the deadline by 2020 within the context of KlimaExpo.NRW: http://leistungsschau.klimaexpo.nrw/unternehmen-schrittmacher/C_D.html

Loryma repositions itself.

Loryma has been a partner of the food industry for over 40 years. In the beginning, the focus was on the production of stabilizers and emulsifiers for sauces, mayonnaises and dressings for the delicatessen industry. A different field of activity, but with intersections. When Crespel & Deiters outsourced its food division in 2001 and took over Loryma, the transformation process of Loryma into a company of the Crespel & Deiters Group began.

Pioneering solutions for the food industry

Today Loryma is the specialist for wheat proteins, wheat starches and functional blends of wheat-based raw materials.

As part of the Crespel & Deiters Group, we benefit from 160 years of experience in dealing with the universal natural product wheat; a knowledge that flows daily into our work and the advice we give our food-producing customers. Thanks to the high quality standards within the Group, we are able to ensure consistently high raw material quality in the production and supply chain.

Optimisation of industrially produced food

As a supplier to the food industry, we optimise the quality, taste, appearance and cost-effectiveness of industrially produced foods because we know exactly what the function and effect of wheat products is in the customer’s manufacturing process and in the finished food. In addition, we see ourselves as a trendsetter force for innovative food products.

New appearance

In order to make this new bundling of forces visible to our customers in the market as well, we have worked on a new image that concentrates on our experience with wheat-based raw materials and their multifaceted possibilities.

Call us or send us an email! We will be pleased to advise you about the various possibilities with the Loryma product assortment.

Contact: info@loryma.de

T +49 6251 1799-0

Impressive presentation of the new flour storage and separation plant (MT plant)

What a milestone

The new flour storage and separation plant is a milestone in the company’s 160-year history and symbol of it’s commitment to the location. A great deal of recognition was expressed for this at the official presentation on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

The new flour storage and separation plant is a milestone in Crespel & Deiters’ corporate history.
Crespel & Deiters: MT plant officially presented.

Gustav Deiters, managing partner of C&D, looked at the milestone represented by the MT plant and said that the company founders of 1858 could never have dreamt “that their foundations would develop in such a manner”. Today C&D is active in many countries and on almost all continents. Nevertheless, the “central hub” of the Group still remains the wheat starch factory on Groner Allee. A great deal has happened here in past years. The company overcame a structural crisis after 130 years of company history by standing up for itself. Things improved steadily, following a strategic reorientation that started in 1990. This also applies to the personnel figures. In 2017, C&D had 237 employees at the Ibbenbüren site alone, and almost 300 in the Group. “And the upward trend is continuing,” says Deiters.

Gustav Deiters, managing partner of Crespel & Deiters.

With the new MT plant, the necessary capacity expansion is achieved, in addition to the unbundling of the entire manufacturing process. With this investment, the home location will be ready for the future, Deiters explained. The managing partner said that this would allow the company to satisfy its responsibility, both as an employer and taxpayer. Deiters continues: “And we are dedicated to this industry and its industrial value creation.” This is the basis of prosperity in Germany. “We want to develop the location further and offer many young people training and further education opportunities.” And, regarding the motivation for this “mega-investment”, (Deiters) he said: “It’s about our future and about future generations, not only at C&D, but throughout the region, in Germany and in Europe.” Deiters thanked employees, shareholders and all those involved in the project for their commitment.

The mayor, Dr Marc Schrameyer, spoke of “the highest respect” and “high regard” for this business decision. And it is also a sign of commitment to the region. “I am proud and grateful to have such a company in Ibbenbüren.” Schrameyer spoke of a great symbol in times of structural change.

Anja Karliczek, local Federal Minister of Education and Research, spoke about seeing constant change as an opportunity. C&D, with its 160-year corporate history, is a very good example of this: “Courage and foresight have been a key component of C&D for 160 years.” The company is a “top employer in medium-sized businesses,” which deserves the highest recognition.

Before the tours began, Dr Michael Christoph, authorised signatory and Head of Production and Technology, briefly introduced the new MT system. Christoph’s summary: “It’s team spirit that drives us forward. And the entrepreneurial foresight and loyalty of our customers.” He also thanked all the companies involved in the plant’s construction.

During the highlight of Crespel & Deiters’ anniversary year, all involved parties were delighted to celebrate the official presentation of the new flour storage and separation plant (from left) together: Dr. Michael Christoph, authorised signatory and head of production and technology at C&D, Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Gustav Deiters, managing partner of C&D and Mayor, Dr Marc Schrameyer.

The new MT system

C&D says the following about the new MT plant: “With it, Crespel & Deiters once again significantly optimises all process steps in production. The raw materials warehouse was restructured and significantly expanded. The new dispatch silos are used for storing and loading of, e.g. special adhesives, wheat proteins and wheat starches, and they are connected to existing production plants via pipelines.

The new three-phase decanter uses centrifugal force to separate the flour into three different product streams with greater efficiency than before. Here, a maximum acceleration factor of 3000 G is used, i.e. the drum rotates 2650 times/minute, 44 times/second. The systematic, precise separation of the wheat flour in different process stages, as well as the well-conceived storage and logistics of the raw materials make the new MT plant a true efficiency miracle. By unbundling the site, the company has created capacity reserves and new production potential for the future.”

Figures on the MT plant: Building: 189 pile foundations by September 2016, concrete 7,497 m³, reinforced steel 1,612 t, weight in operation: 38,000 t (almost four times heavier than the Eiffel Tower); equipment: 3,200 m² new paving on the south side, 77.3 km of cable laid, 730 fittings and measuring instruments, 470 system components such as: apparatus, pumps, heat exchangers, containers, filters, fans, screws, discharge floors; 212 tons of production platforms with 820 m² stainless steel chequer plate coating; 4,350 metres of pipelines; 280 m of pipe bridges. (Source: Crespel & Deiters)


“Simply assume that we never tire.”
Gustav Deiters looked into the future from the vantag point of the milestone MT plant

“Dr. Christoph, your plant.”
Gustav Deiters passed on to the authorised signatory and Head of Production and Technology, who went on to present the technical details

“An exemplary company history.”
Minister Anja Karliczek

“Innovative companies need many smart people.”
Anja Karliczek

Text: Claus Kossag, ivz
Photos: Crespel & Deiters GmbH & Co. KG/Dirk Egelkamp

160 Years of Crespel & Deiters

Crespel & Deiters is celebrating its 160th company anniversary this year.

Crespel & Deiters has been working consistently and sustainably with the universal natural product of wheat since 1858. Everything we do comes from our knowledge of its diverse range of possible uses.

As a family-owned company, we develop innovative products from wheat for our customers, with vision, technical expertise and knowledge.

Today Crespel & Deiters is an internationally-active, owner-managed corporate group.

Learn more about our long and eventful corporate  history.

Starch-based ingredients made easy

Starch in all of its forms and facets is a versatile raw material with different functions and utilisation types.

Thanks to its versatility, starch is, e.g. used comprehensively by food producers. However, especially due to the large range of possible uses, consumers would like to gain a better understanding as to where starch-based ingredients come from, and what they are used for in food production.

Starch Europe, as an stakeholder of the European starch producer, is aware of this challenge and feels responsible for providing fact-based information on starch-based ingredients. This is done with the purpose of strengthening the faith in the food consumed by us.

Which is why Starch Europe has established a new Q&A platform at www.starchinfood.eu . This platform invites interested parties to find out more about starch-based ingredients. It includes starch and starch-based ingredients such as glucose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup and maltodextrin in foods.

The Crespel & Deiters Group is a member of Starch Europe and has developed wheat-based starches for the food and non-food sector for more than 150 years.

We develop modern food concepts or also partial solutions and are the specialist for refined, functional ingredients that focus strongly on wheat-based starch products.

We are happy to answer your questions regarding your special food-technological application and the functional effect of native or modified starches.

Please simply click on our contact form and send us a message.

We are looking forward to your questions

Energy-efficient networks by the federal government and the German economy 

As a part of the Climate Protection Action Plan 2020 (Aktionsprogramm Klimaschutz 2020) and the National Action Plan Energy Efficiency (Nationalen Aktionsplan Energieeffizienz) (NAPE), which are under the auspices of the Federal Ministries for Economic Affairs (BMWi) and the Environment (BMUB), 500 energy-efficiency networks are to have been established by 2020. The purpose is to attain the climate and energy-political goals of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Meanwhile, 21 associations and organisations are participating as well as the two federal ministries.

Regional companies are called upon to organise themselves in networks and to hold regular workshops on the general energy topics within the coming three years.

These topics can be legal, technical and/or organisational in nature, and a specialist technical lecture is organised for this purpose. The network participants take turns at extending an invitation to host the event at their site. Thereby, when taking a tour through the company premises, they can demonstrate their energy-specific themes.

Crespel & Deiters participates in the REGINEE energy-efficiency network.

The REGINEE regional energy efficiency initiative was initiated by the Osnabrück – Emsland – Grafschaft Bentheim Chamber of Industry and Commerce in cooperation with the Federal Association of Energy Consumers (VEA) in Hanover.

Here, the VEA association organises the visit of an energy manager to each company, who then takes a vendor-independent look at the situation on site. Together with the representatives of the company, concrete saving goals are elaborated and set down in writing as mandatory targets that are to be addressed in the near future. The objective of the network was to save 11,845,895 kWh.

On 12.6.2017, C&D participated in the network meeting for the eighth time. All participants unanimously confirmed that they find the meetings useful. This is because they help in presenting the flood of energy-statutory regulations in a manner that is more or less understandable. What is more, with the help of the company tours, it is possible to gain a deeper insight into production and energy systems in other industries. The initiative’s success is monitored and verified annually by the federal government.

The topic of sustainability is very important for Crespel & Deiters, and it has been certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 50001 standard. What is more, the company was distinguished with the first place in Dortmund by the Environmental Minister of NRW, Johannes Remmel on the 29th of June 2016, where it was presented the EnergieInnovationsPreis.NRW (EIP.NRW) (Energy Innovation Prize).

With its new prize, EnergieAgentur.NRW would like to distinguish companies who can present successfully-implemented innovative projects in the field of energy management systems.

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150 years of history and histories: More about Crespel & Deiters’ history

Whoever has been on the market as long as Crespel & Deiters, has developed as many innovations, and is so inseparably connected to the history of Ibbenbüren and Germany, has plenty to say. From the founding of the company in 1858, to revolutionary product developments like Weizenin or Pudinga, and right up to the current topics of today, Crespel & Deiters has packed its corporate history onto many different stories. Everyone talks about important events. And it’s also always about the people of Crespel & Deiters and global events. A lot has happened and everything is worth talking about. Because, after all, life tells the best stories …  >>to the stories of Crespel & Deiters

The first segment of the large-scale expansion at Crespel & Deiters 

Within merely a few days, the new construction at Crespel & Deiters has grown impressively. Following the pillar foundation and the erection of the 15 metre high ground floor, which had commenced in autumn 2016, we started with further milestone segments for the first construction segment of the so-called MT facility (flour storage/separation plant) during the night of 22 May 2017. Day by day, using a so-called slip-form construction procedure, the building grew to a height of 49 metres. It was completed within nine days.

A new multi-purpose building is emerging to the west of the existing company complex . This will consist of a raw materials warehouse, loading bridges and the centrepiece of a wheat starch factory, a three-stage separation by means of decanter centrifuges.

As explained by Dr Michael Christoph, Head of Production & Technology and Norbert Gerdes, Technical Head at C&D, during an on-site construction inspection, the new building grew about 15 centimetres per hour in a so-called slip-form construction method. The construction site of the Ibbenbüren-based company Börgel is operating 24-hours a day. For the slip-form construction, Börgel involved the special construction company Bitschnau from Austria.

In the first construction stage, the new construction “accommodates”, among others, eight silo cells. These are made of concrete, as Norbert Gerdes explained. This is a tried-and-tested procedure, and the silos are more durable than aluminium silos. However, the challenge is to get the walls of the silos “egg shell smooth” to the product side, already during construction.

The tasks to be completed with a new construction are definitely highly challenging, Dr Michael Christoph and Norbert Gerdes agree. There is a great team on site, and all involved companies are highly motivated and in a very good mood, despite the challenges to be mastered.

The new storage/separation facility is unique worldwide in this combination. A one-of-a-kind facility, where many years of experience and state-of-the-art technical possibilities are united.

This is also something exceptional for the Ibbenbüren-based construction company Börgel: “A highly interesting project and a technical challenge,” says Matthias Guhe, construction manager at Börgel. First and foremost, this refers to the continual sliding and concrete pouring from the level 15 metres up to a height of 49 metres. Here, a 24-hour a day construction site has many special requirements that have to be satisfied. Reinhard Westkamp, overseer at Börgel, is also happy to be involved in this sophisticated project. With slip-form construction, about 1200 cubic metres of concrete and 220 tons of steel are used as reinforcing material during the first construction phase.

Here, at a height of 65 metres, the crane and its crew in the driver’s cabin, play a central role. The stair tower has also grown with the construction day by day. During the construction site inspection, Reinhard Westkamp referred to 205 stairs. Ten to 15 times a day, he heads up and down. The second construction stage for the MT facility is set to commence on the 5th of July. During this stage, twelve loading silos are erected. Then, using the slip-form construction method, another 1200 cubic metres of concrete and 160 tons of steel are sheeted.

Text: Claus Kossag/ivz-aktuell

Pics: Crespel & Deiters

Sod-turning ceremony at Crespel & Deiters

On 18 October 2016, Crespel & Deiters set its course for the future with a symbolic sod-turning ceremony. To the west of the company’s current complex, a new combined building is under construction that will comprise raw materials storage, loading bridges and the heart of a wheat starch factory – three-phase separation using decanter centrifuges.  At 49.5 metres, it will become the company’s tallest building.


“This marks a strategic further development of the company and the site,” so Gustav Deiters, says Gustav Deiters, managing partner of Crespel & Deiters

During the reception Antje Marten, spokesperson for the partners of Crespel & Deiters, spoke of a “very special day”. This was true for the shareholders, the employees and also for the town of Ibbenbüren.

The managing partner Gustav Deiters referred to it as the biggest investment in C&D’s 158-year corporate history. He thanked the city council for their support with the planning, and of course also thanked the C&D management team for handling the work.

Dr Michael Christoph, authorised representative and head of Production and Technology at C&D, presented the new project and the new flour storage/separation facility. He said that the new technology is significantly more efficient and that the plant in the planned combination is unique globally. Truck access has also been much improved. A new road connects the new building on the ‘green meadow’ directly to the roundabout on the Gustav-Deiters-Strasse. Gustav Deiters called the new storage/separation facility ‘unique’ and that it brought together many years of experience and the latest technical possibilities.


The storage/separation facility is globally unique in this combination

Thomas Hafer, authorised representative and project leader of the engineering consortium igk Krabbe of Osnabrück, explained that a new build such as this required meticulous planning. And: “The building is simply heavy, very heavy.” It is built on 192 pile foundations, for example, which are connected with reinforced concrete cross-beams. Hafer pointed out that when in operation, the new building would weight 38,000 tonnes. By comparison: The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,100 tonnes. Hafer: Statistically alone, it was an exciting project.”

Construction was completed by Börgel of Ibbenbüren. The Mayor of Ibbenbüren, Dr Marc Schrameyer, also attended the ceremonial sod-turning. He was delighted with “the company’s clear commitment to the town of Ibbenbüren”.


Dr Michael Christoph. Head of Production and Technology at C&D talking to the mayor of Ibbenbüren, Dr Marc Schrameyer

Text/photo: ivz-aktuell/Claus Kossag

First EnergieInnovationsPreis.NRW – top award goes to Crespel & Deiters

Crespel & Deiters GmbH & Co. KG was awarded  the first EnergieInnovationsPreis.NRW (EIP.NRW) by the sponsor, environment minister Johannes Remmel, on 29 June 2016 in Dortmund. The EnergieAgentur.NRW intends this new award to recognise companies that can demonstrate successful, innovative projects in the field of energy management systems.

“Crespel & Deiters’ submission demonstrated that an energy management system yields successes for climate protection and makes economic sense. Furthermore, the tool embodied throughout the entire organisation. 200 employees are trained annually on the subject of energy,” praised Johannes Remmel, Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


from left t right: Mr Schreiber, Dortmund Chamber of Commerce general manager, Mr Hense, Dr Christoph, environment minister Remmel, Mr Schneider, Energy Efficiency Agency Duisburg

Crespel & Deiters has not just begun to place great emphasis on energy management since its certification to ISO 50001. Obtaining starch is an energy-intensive process and so our operations have included systematic energy management for many years. The structure of Crespel & Deiters’ concept impressed by showing that an integrated view and evaluation of energy use results in long-term resource optimisation. Recording relevant users of energy in the production process makes potential savings apparent. For example, it was possible to accurately calculate and document the energy savings achieved by overhauling the two high capacity water boilers. But laying the cornerstone more than 20 years ago by meeting production power and heating requirements through combined heat and power (CHP) won great recognition.

Crespel & Deiters has not just begun to place great emphasis on energy management since its certification to ISO 50001. Obtaining starch is an energy-intensive process and so our operations have included systematic energy management for many years. The structure of Crespel & Deiters’ concept impressed by showing that an integrated view and evaluation of energy use results in long-term resource optimisation. Recording relevant users of energy in the production process makes potential savings apparent. For example, it was possible to accurately calculate and document the energy savings achieved by overhauling the two high capacity water boilers. But laying the cornerstone more than 20 years ago by meeting production power and heating requirements through combined heat and power (CHP) won great recognition.

For further information, visit: http://www.energieagentur.nrw/energieeffizienz/eipnrw