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Family company with a long tradition - that is NEKTON.

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since 1967


Nekton is a family company that was founded in 1967. The founder Günter Enderle started with a zoological specialist shop, especially for bird breeders. In 1969 the business was expanded to include import/export business including an approved quarantine station. Mr. Enderle supplied zoos and zoological dealers across Europe mainly with birds, but also to a lesser extent with reptiles, amphibians and mammals.
Animal welfare should always come first. Long transports and stays in the quarantine station did not always make it easy. Supplements for animals and species-appropriate bird food were still relatively unknown and rare on the market. Günter Enderle was an active breeder of birds and dogs and decided to create and test his own mixtures of vitamins, proteins, minerals and carotenoids together with other breeders and with the help of experts.

Constantly growing
product range


The first results quickly became marketable products. Günter Enderle registered NEKTON as a trademark and sold the first supplementary feeds NEKTON-S and NEKTON-R under this brand. Special products for birds, reptiles, dogs and cats soon followed.
The product range was expanded to include 49 feed supplements, two species-appropriate complete feeds for birds, a very popular breeding concentrate for insects, drinking tubes for nectar-feeding birds and an effective cleanser for pet utensils.

Government controlled


Günter Enderle and the NEKTON brand have been recognized and registered manufacturers under state control since 1978. All products developed have been tested on the company's own animals and on imports and are constantly being improved to meet the needs of the animals.

In the 1980s, NEKTON was a well-established brand for animal supplements in Europe. The good reputation also spilled over to the USA, where sales started in 1982 via an agency. Today NEKTON has a branch in Arcata, California and exports products to more than 90 countries worldwide.

Product development in focus


NEKTON completely stopped importing and exporting animals in the 1990s and has since focused exclusively on the development, manufacture, marketing and sale of supplements for animals.

Distribution takes place through our own online shop, directly through trading partners and through agents all over the world. The products are often advertised in various international pet magazines.

Not only pet owners belong to the NEKTON customer group, but also many renowned and well-known breeders. Experts, institutes, bird parks and zoos all over the world also appreciate the NEKTON supplementary feed.

Generational changes and expansions


In 2010, the son Thomas Enderle took over the company - the Günter Enderle company became NEKTON®️. With new momentum in management, a new software system was introduced in 2014.

The increased demands on production made it necessary to build a new company headquarters in 2016. Construction began in 2017, and the move to the new building, which also has sufficient space for production, took place in 2018. In the same year, the building was equipped with modern, additional technology. New air conditioning, dehumidification and dust protection systems ensure better production conditions and greater protection for employees. The new space in production was also used to put a larger mixing plant into operation. Batches with a volume of up to 250 kg can now be filled here.

First certification according to GMP-Audit


In 2019 NEKTON was certified according to GMP+ B8. GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice, which means compliance with guidelines for quality assurance in production processes and their documentation. This includes a comprehensive quality management system. The "+" stands for the integration of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), B8 refers in particular to standards in the manufacture of and trade in pet food products.

This certificate is valid for a period of three years and is renewed in an audit.

Continuously improved workflows


In order to improve our storage system and workflows, we installed paternoster storage racks in 2021. By making optimal use of the room height, we save space and can use important storage space better. The modern shelves also make it possible for the required materials and products to be removed from the serving area in a matter of seconds.

In 2022 we extended our GMP+ B8 certification in a successful audit and provided even more storage space with a new extension.

Promise of a successful future


In addition to all the major and minor milestones on our journey, our main focus is always on developing new products to expand our range. In this way, we constantly adapt to the needs and requirements of our customers and their animals.

Further innovations are already being planned for 2023. Among other things, we are getting a new filling system for even cleaner and more accurate work in our production.

We are also planning to expand our production again with a second factory, which will be located opposite the current one.