During the first quarter of 2017, GEA in India received an order from the AmulFed Dairy (formerly Mother Dairy) in Gandhinagar, a unit of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF). The order, said to be for a ‘lower double-digit, million-euro amount’, is for a new turnkey dairy plant for the production of 150 tonnes per day of skim milk powder and 120 tonnes per day of dairy whitener/baby food. The milk powder plant is scheduled to begin production in 2018.
When completed, the plant will be the largest skim milk powder and dairy whitener plant in Asia. The company markets its milk and milk products under the Amul brand and its baby milk powder under the name of Amul Spray.
The plant, to be installed on a turnkey basis by GEA, will process around 90,000 liters per hour of milk to produce multiple value-added products. AmulFed already has two milk powder plants in same location supplied by GEA. Together they make AmulFed the largest plant in Asia at a single location. The new plant features GEA’s most advance safety system and uses hygienic architectural design principles to make it one of the most advanced GEA has built to date.
For the last two years, GEA in the USA has been working closely with General Electric (GE) to support the company’s membrane manufacturing technology to better meet their joint customers’ needs. This cooperation has resulted in the recent development of new ‘GE Blister Free’ reverse osmosis (RO) membranes that have the potential to significantly reduce costs for dairy processing plants.
GEA installs a high performance spray dryer as the centerpiece of the new milk powder plant for Fonterra in Lichfield, New Zealand. With the capacity of 30 tons of milk powder per hour, it can process nearly 4.4 million liters of milk per day. This volume corresponds to 165 truckloads. On September 5, 2016, Fonterra started the production process, which is now being gradually expanded to round-the-clock operation.
GEA was responsible for the complete turnkey milk powder plant and provided all of the processing technology – from acceptance of the tanker to evaporation, drying and powder handling to packaging.
GEA has recently established its own in-house test laboratory at its facility in Hamilton, New Zealand. The new laboratory will enable GEA engineers to carry out extensive tests on the properties of powders and to design powder packaging systems based on scientifically obtained data to optimize production and reduce waste.
The new lab equipment measures seven vital characteristics of any given powder and enables engineers to design systems to suit each individual product.
With effect from November 1, 2015, GEA has appointed Tom Eriksson as the new Country Managing Director for Sweden and Finland.
Tom Eriksson has 25 years of experience in the engineering industry, mainly with the Wärtsilä Group, where he has held various management positions and was recently appointed as General Sales Manager for the Marine Solutions business. Wärtsilä Group is a global leader in power solutions for the marine and energy markets and a key customer of GEA in these countries. Finnish national Tom Eriksson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
I över 50 år har Christian Berner AB representerat tyska GEA gruppens processteknologier i Sverige. GEA etablerar nu en ny organisation för att komma närmare kunderna och omorganiserar därför sina säljkanaler. I Sverige förstärker GEA säljorganisationen på Göteborgskontoret och avslutar därför sitt långvariga samarbete med Christian Berner AB. Det betyder att all processutrustning och anläggningar finns tillgängliga hos GEA Sweden i Göteborg.
Daniel Frosterud, som har varit produktansvarig för GEA hos Christian Berner, övergår från och med 1 november 2015 till GEA Sweden som säljansvarig för affärsområdet Solutions på den svenska marknaden.
Alla order relaterade till GEA-produkter som läggs till Christian Berner fram till slutet av 2015 kommer att behandlas liksom tidigare. Efter 1 januari 2016 ska alla order läggas direkt hos GEA Sweden AB. Den här förändringen berör order relaterade till teknologier från GEA Niro, GEA Wiegand, GEA Barr-Rosin samt GEA Pharma Systems.
In the second quarter 2015 revenue of GEA exceeded the high level seen in the previous year by 3 percent. The service business demonstrated healthy growth. The order intake declined slightly due to the limited number of major orders. However, the basic business saw stable growth rates in both of GEA’s business areas. GEA’s operating profit improved again.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to escape the effects of the renewed decline in momentum in some of our markets in the reporting period”, Jürg Oles, CEO, says.
GEA has completed the acquisition of CMT S.p.A., a leading supplier of single equipment and integrated production lines for pasta filata cheese (fresh mozzarella and pizza cheese). Thereby, GEA reinforces once more its capabilities at the growing sector of cheese processing after the recent acquisition of de Klokslag, a leading supplier of large scale equipment for semi-hard cheese production in Europe with revenues of more than EUR 35 million in 2014. Located in Peveragno (Northern Italy), CMT generated EUR 11 million revenues with ca. 70 employees in 2014. While the European Union has been its main regional market, CMT also has significant project references in the Americas. GEA plans to integrate this business into its Application Center Dairy within the newly created Business Area Solutions.