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Aviagen Builds Biggest PS Hatchery Ever in Europe

by 5m Editor
12 September 2008, at 3:22pm

EU - The Aviagen Group, has announced plans to build the biggest PS hatchery ever in Europe near Dresden, Germany. For one of their most important investments over the last years Aviagen have chosen Petersime to be their partner for this truly master project.

The company owns already other Grand Parent hatcheries in Europe: in the Netherlands, the UK, France and Denmark.


From left to right: Mr. Tom Dewaele (Manager Global Sales, Petersime), Mr. Michel De Clercq (Managing Director, Petersime), Mr. Leon Vogels (Project Manager Dresden Hatchery, Ross EPI) and Mr. Patrick Claeys (General Manager, Ross EPI).

This year Ross EPI, Aviagen’s Central European operation, already extended its GP facility in Denmark by installing a new setter and hatcher bay, both equipped with the advanced Petersime AirStreamer Bio-Response incubators. Just as it is the case in Denmark, the whole of the Dresden GP hartchery will be connected and steered through Petersime’s Focuslink system. Focuslink is a high tech easy use PC communication network that ensures on-line, two-way incubation monitoring with powerful graphics and pictograms.

Petersime will also deliver, install and commission the complete HVAC system covering the entire hatchery, from cold store to chick room.

Mr. Patrick Claeys, General Manager, Ross EPI: “Besides the quality of the Petersime machines and the advanced Bio-Response incubation concept, one of the decisive factors for us in the choice of the partner was the added value Petersime’s Project Department delivered in terms of professional technical support and assistance during the months of the preparatory period.”

The works started on 16th June 2008 while the HVAC units and the AirStreamer Bio- Response incubators were delivered by the end of August (84 machines with a total setting capacity of 3,225,600 eggs). Aviagen’s Dresden hatchery is expected to produce about over 12 million female chicks a year. Start-up of the hatchery is foreseen for around the end of 2008.