AVEBE ter Apelkanaal - Installation new food factory


AVEBE’s DEXTAK Dextrin Factory in Ter Apelkanaal was hit by a dust explosion in 2012. Stork was contracted to dismantle and rebuild the factory. The lead time had to be kept to a minimum in order to limit production downtime as much as possible. The redesign of the factory was exploited in order to make the factory even safer. This was done by increasing nitrogen levels to such an extent that the oxygen present is insufficient for combustion or explosion.

Customer Profile

AVEBE is the largest producer in the world of potato starch for use in food, animal feed, paper, construction, textiles and adhesives. It employs approximately 1400 staff, and has an annual turnover of 554 million euros. At AVEBE Ter Apelkanaal, starch, specialised starch products, fibres, protein and Protamylasse are produced.


The dismantling and corresponding investigation was carried out in cooperation with AVEBE, the Labour Inspectorate and TNO, the Dutch technical research institute. After drawing up reports, Stork was contracted for the rebuilding and re-engineering (upgrade) of the DEXTAK factory. Stork performed the following work:

  • Project management
  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction management Provision of means for dismantlement and assembly
  • E&I adaptations to meet NEN 3140 & Atex directives
  • Servicing of rotating equipment (including pumps / rotary valves)
  • Installation of pipework

Results & Benefits

  • Thanks to the multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on flexibility, the factory was again operational within a short period of time.
  • Improved production processes in the areas of safety, ATEX, NEN3140, NEN1010, PED.
  • Because the project lead time was short, and production downtime relatively short, AVEBE did not lose any clients.

"The conditions were challenging: the Stork team had to operate under very tight time constraints and strict safety rules. Under these circumstances, the team delivered outstanding results."

Hans Stuut - AVEBE Operations Manager


Client AVEBE
Location Ter Apelkanaal
Description of assignment Rebuilt DEXTAK Dextrine Plant
Manuren 80,000
Contact person Stork T. Landman


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