Research, the key to our growth
Research and development merging with innovation: this is the firm commitment ITPSA generates every day from our own modern research, industrial development and experimental centre departments.
The need for applied research and development in animal nutrition, prompted the birth of the company and represent the foundation blocks of Industrial Técnica Pecuaria, S.A.. While elemental in nature, due to its early beginnings, ITPSA has always understood that research had to be the base line from which all possible technical ventures had to emerge.
Initially main research lines followed two important directions: Natural Pigments and Antioxidant products. As time went by and the need for other products appeared, new research and development lines were developed to assist in the marketing and optimisation of new products. Laboratory and field trials on mold-inhibitors, acidulants, antimicrobials, egg quality, products that promote the health and intestinal integrity and optimizing digestibility and availability of nutrients in the diet, improving the quality of food products of animal origin were following. Today ITPSA's research and development branches have expanded significantly in new directions, and represent ITPSA's strongest asset for future expansion.
ITPSA's research and development, although present and very much alive throughout all departments of the company, has its neuralgic headquarters in two well defined departments: the chemical and research laboratories and the research farm, both located at the plant sited in Valls, plus library and research staff space in the Barcelona headquarters.
The chemical and research laboratory, endowed with the most developed facilities available, is subdivided into two well defined areas: analytical control for production and finished products, in their different lines of products and chemical procedures (HPLC and gas chromatography, UV/visible spectrophotometry, antioxidant and peroxidation determination equipment, high definition colorimetry, etc.) and research, both in vitro (microbiological tests, in-lab functional activities, sinergyzing reactions, etc.) and in vivo (pigmentation studies, peroxidation of carcass fats, internal and external egg quality, etc.)
Biological testing and in vivo research are conducted in the research farm, adjacent to the plant. It has facilities for broilers, laying hens, pigs and rabbits, plus laboratory space and experimental feed mixing facilities.
Our R&D department is staffed by a research director and a team of three direct assistants, in charge of laboratory and farm activities, plus additional assistance from the rest of the laboratory and production plant personnel.