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DSM acquires Biomin, Romer Labs
HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS - Royal DSM completed the
acquisition of Erber Group for an enterprise value of €980
million. The transaction - which excludes two smaller units
in the Erber Group - is expected to be earnings enhancing in
the first year upon completion.
The acquisition of Erber Group was first announced on June 12.
DSM acquired Erber Group's Biomin and Romer Labs. Erber
Group's specialty animal nutrition and health business Biomin
specializes primarily in mycotoxin risk management and gut
health performance management. The Romer Labs business focuses on food and feed safety diagnostic solutions. Both expand
DSM's range of higher value-add specialty solutions.
Volkmar Wywiol receives award
HAMBURG, GERMANY - Volkmar Wywiol recently received the Hamburg Founders Award in recognition of his
life's work. The award is given for entrepreneurial achievements and was issued for the 19th time by the bank Hamburger
Sparkasse and the daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt.
The founder and managing partner of the Stern-Wywiol
Gruppe, based in Hamburg, set up a business of his own in
1980 by taking over the little trading company Sternchemie.
Volkmar Wywiol succeeded in transforming the "one-man
show" into a dynamic group of companies in the space of
only 40 years. The family business is now a major player in
the global market for functional ingredients for food and animal nutrition. The enterprise consisting of 12 specialist firms
in Germany, 17 affiliates abroad and a total staff of 1,650
achieves an annual turnover of more than €500 million. It is
now managed by the founder's son, Torsten Wywiol.
"Ultimately, numerous factors have to come together at the
right moment," Volkmar Wywiol said. "But for me, it all revolved on three things: courage, creativity, and the thirst for
action. Then, there was my curiosity to discover and accomplish something new, again and again."
One example was the decision to progress from a trader to
a producer. Starting with contract manufacturing, and aided
by a constantly expanding team, Volkmar Wywiol established
numerous production units of his own for ingredients, additives and food supplements.
Since research and development is always essential for successful production, Wywiol soon decided to invest in a technology center of his own in Ahrensburg: the Stern-Technology
Center - Futuremaker.
This proved to be a milestone in the group's development.
For the present success of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe is rooted
in the diversity of its research, comprehensive advice on applications and an interdisciplinary exchange of information
and opinions in the team of over a hundred scientists and technologists, the company said.
The modern Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg, near
Hamburg, has become the heart of the group, where product
development and applications technology for all the firms is
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The acquisition of Erber Group's Biomin further strengthens DSM's expertise and reputation as a leading provider of
animal health and nutrition solutions for farm productivity
and sustainability, with an emphasis on emissions reduction,
feed consumption efficiency, and better use of water and land.
It is aligned with DSM's focus to make animal farming more
sustainable from both an ecological and economical perspective. Romer Labs also complements DSM's human nutrition
and health offering to customers in the food and beverages
market segments.
Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living.

Hamburg's First Mayor Peter Tschentscher, left, presented Volkmar Wywiol
with the Hamburg Founders Award in recognition of his life's work.

carried out jointly under one roof in a central unit. Through
the transfer of know-how and with a strong team spirit, interdisciplinary cooperation and the ability to "think outside the
box" it is able to devise profitable solutions for its customers,
the company said.
To be sure of recruiting the right employees and firing their
enthusiasm, Volkmar Wywiol said he put his faith from the
start in a management concept based on equality, flexible
structures and a large measure of freedom and scope for the
individual. A mindset geared toward partnership is essential,
he said, "for in that way, employees almost automatically
develop a strong entrepreneurial mentality. A fighting spirit,
readiness to take risks, the will to invest and curiosity are the
keys to our exceptional innovative power."
Stern-Wywiol Gruppe members include the internationally renowned firms Sternchemie, Hydrosol, SternEnzym,
Mühlenchemie, SternMaid, SternVitamin, OlbrichtArom,
DeutscheBack, SternLife, HERZA Schokolade and
Berg+Schmidt. Each company has specific competence in a
particular field, such as baked foods, dairy products, deli foods,
meat, fish, chocolate, flavorings, lecithin, enzymes, vitamins,
vegan alternatives or functional bars for sport nutrition.
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