The Vic-based company is in contact with Chinese manufacturers after participating in the Cahe fair, in the city of Wuhan.
The milestone of selling the first truck to meet animal welfare standards in China is closer than ever. Newnion, a company based in Vic, is already working with Chinese manufacturers to sell units of this truck, which was presented for the first time at the Cahe fair in the city of Wuhan last week. The vehicle respects the minimum necessary space for each animal, includes drinking troughs, fans, sprinklers and blinds, which are activated in order to maintain appropriate temperatures inside the truck.
These vehicles also facilitate the drivers’ job, as the livestock is loaded with an elevator and the operator can walk the length of the central aisle without having to bend over.
Improvements to animal treatment are arriving at a time of huge growth in Chinese pork farming. According to Newnion CEO Anna Codina, the company aims “to introduce animal welfare culture” in China, a breakthrough that would impact client profits. “Farmers spend four months covering the cost of food and maintaining the facilities, and then in the final eight hours the animal suffers stress and the meat loses all its quality,” affirms Codina. China doesn’t currently have animal welfare regulations.
Unlike in Europe, where Newnion manufactures on demand, in China the product will be mass-produced. They have signed a joint venture with a Chinese company that will provide the warehouses and the Catalan company will contribute the know-how and technology. The plant in Qingdao will produce vehicles for the general Asian market as well as America.
This Catalan company was created in 2010 and since then has had its sights set on the foreign market, as, in addition to the crisis, “the national market was already carved up,” affirms Codina. Last year Newnion’s turnover abroad was 750,000 euros.