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

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

The “C&D Stromer” as an expression of how we act in an environmentally responsible manner

With the expansion of its vehicle fleet to include the new e-Golf, Crespel & Deiters underscores its aspiration of acting sustainably and in an environmentally-friendly manner in all corporate divisions.

> Find out more about the energy management system of Crespel & Deiters here.

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.

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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Milestones of corporate history

There are the people, developments and events that make a company unique. In 150 years of corporate history, plenty has happened at Crespel & Deiters. New products were developed, subsidiaries founded, co-operations concluded and, most recently, the company has expanded internationally. Crespel & Deiters has now summarised the most important events that have had a major impact on the company in milestones. >>to the milestones of C&D

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: ivz-aktuell/Claus Kossag

photos: Crespel & Deiters and Dirk Egelkamp

Prize money goes to aid projects


In Dortmund this summer the sponsor, the environment minister Johannes Remmel, presented Crespel & Deiters with the first ‘EnergieInnovationsPreis.NRW’ award for its innovative energy management. Staff will now donate the main prize of 12,500 euro to benefit aid projects.

Crespel & Deiters employees Rainer Wallenhorst (4th from left), Jan-Oliver Hense (6th from left) and Dr. Michael Christoph (right) have already handed over three cheques. The ‘Therapeuten auf vier Pfoten’ (four-legged therapists) of Evangelische Jugendhilfe Münsterland, Katharina Egelkamp (from the left), Simone Steltenkamp and Denise Hagemann, were delighted to receive 3,000 euro. Anne von den Benken (5th from the left) of Evangelische Jugendhilfe Münsterland also accepted 3,000 euro. Ludger Börgermann (7th from left), Anke Rieping (8th from left) and Ewald Beermann (9th from left) of the Bürgerstiftung Tecklenburger Land were also delighted to receive 6,000 euro.

“Prize money is always good – but it is better used by charitable institutions,” explained Rainer Wallenhorst, HR Manager at Crespel & Deiters. Wallenhorst and his colleagues Dr Michael Christoph, Production and Technology Manager, and Jan-Oliver Hense, head of corporate energy management, thus passed on the win in the form of three equally symbolic cheques.

The ‘Therapeuten auf vier Pfoten’ (four-legged therapists) of Evangelische Jugendhilfe Münsterland, Katharina Egelkamp, Simone Steltenkamp and Denise Hagemann, were delighted to receive 3,000 euro. The amount will be used to support projects. Anne von den Benken of Evangelische Jugendhilfe Münsterland also accepted 3,000 euro to be used for ‘flexible aid’. Some of the money will be used to support a family that is in difficult situation.

Ludger Börgermann, Anke Rieping and Ewald Beermann of the Bürgerstiftung Tecklenburger Land were delighted with a donation of 6,000 euro. Some of the money will be used for the project “Old for Young’.

“We have high regard for what you achieve,” emphasised Michael Christoph. “All the best for your value work. It is almost shameful that we cannot hand out cheques for more money,” added Rainer Wallenhorst. “Our tombola will soon be open again,” he said. Crespel & Deiters has also donated the money from its employees’ tombola for charitable purposes in the past.

Text and image: IVZ-aktuell/Claus Kossag

Sod-turning ceremony at Crespel & Deiters

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

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.

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”.

Text and image: 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.

Because the waste heat is used directly as process heat, the natural gas-powered CHP plant operates at just under 90 per cent efficiency. (By comparison: Traditional centralised power generation operates at only 30 to 40 per cent efficiency).

The process technology data are compared against the energy data via a shared database so that the energy efficiency of the production processes can be calculated at any given time. The top award comes with a financial payment of 12,500 euro. We will donate this amount to charitable causes.

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