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4 April 2017

Fuelling sustainable growth: finding new ways to innovate

At a time when environmental headwinds and economic uncertainty are leading some companies to slow their support for R&D, Benchmark’s INVE Aquaculture believes investment in innovation is needed now more than ever.

Investing today to solve the problems of tomorrow

Innovation is a fundamental focus for INVE, with substantial resources allocated every year to developing new specialty products and enhancing their existing portfolio.

The Company’s network of R&D centres around the world, and its commitment to providing products and services urgently needed today whilst investing to solve the problems of tomorrow means the aquaculture leader can contribute more effectively than ever to their clients’ sustainable growth and long-term success.

These test centres also play an important role in training INVE’s commercial staff and providing demonstrations and training for key customers.

Building a future-proof team and pipeline

INVE have built a skilled team of more than 37 researchers and staff based at their innovation headquarters in Belgium and two testing centers in Italy and Thailand.

Across their global operations they have increased capacity, recently attracting several leading specialists to their team. They have also expanded and upgraded their research facilities to support the development of their growing pipeline of 25 new products which is driven by market-intelligence and insights gained from their approach of working side by side with customers in over 70 countries.

INVE's expert team of researchers in Thailand

Warm water and nutrition trials — Thailand

The capacity of INVE’s Tropical Aquaculture Research Centre (ITARC) close to Chonburi – a shrimp and tilapia producing area in Thailand – has been doubled by adding a new larval/juvenile unit consisting of 60 tanks, upgrading the facility for commercial-scale hatchery and on-growing testing, and through the addition of dedicated rooms for Artemia and small-scale evaluations.

The existing facility, consisting of a 70-tank larval unit and wet and dry labs, have also been completely renovated. The main species reared at the site are penaeid shrimp and tilapia.

Temperate water and nutrition trials — Italy

INVE Aquaculture Research Centre (IARC) was formerly a commercial bream and bass hatchery producing 3 million fry a year. The facility has now been completely renovated and upgraded, giving more room for larval replicate testing, different broodstocks, rotifer and Artemia test productions, and analytical lab facilities.

INVE staff at its Aquaculture Research Centre (IARC) in Italy focus on seabream and seabass with capacity to take on additional aquaculture species.

State-of-the-art R&D and innovation — Belgium

Nutritional and health engineers specialised in Artemia, larval fish, larval shrimp and microbiology, immunology, aquatic diseases and diet processing technology coordinate research products. The team has unique access to up-to-date analytic labs, small-scale test facilities and pilot-scale feed processing equipment.

INVE's team of researchers and staff based at their innovation headquarters in Belgium

In December 2015, INVE Aquaculture joined Benchmark Holdings giving INVE unique access to our aquaculture R&D testing facilities in Scotland, Thailand, USA, Brazil and Colombia.

Combined with their existing and new research partnerships worldwide, INVE is well positioned to take a leading role shaping a sustainable future for aquaculture.

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