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Nestlé USA places an order for an aseptic filling line of GEA

Bochum, October 30, 2008 – GEA Procomac, a company of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft specialized in aseptic filling technology for PET containers, has received an order for a low acid aseptic filling line from Nestlé USA to be delivered in 2009. The order volume is above EUR 10 million. The line will be installed in Anderson, Indiana, in a new Nestlé USA production facility where GEA Procomac has already installed 5 aseptic lines sharing the same technology.

The line consists of all equipment to sterilize, rinse, fill and cap bottles, as well as all machines connected to the handling, sterilization and application of caps. Furthermore, all ancillary units to provide sterilizing solution, sterile water and keep aseptic conditions inside the working area are integrated in the supply and are all designed, built and installed by GEA Procomac.

In April 2008 GEA Procomac SAFEASEPTIC(tm) technology has received a letter of non-objection (LNO) from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for aseptic filling systems for low acid shelf-stable products. GEA Procomac FDA-compliant aseptic filling technology for PET uses peracetic acid in liquid form to sterilize containers. GEA Procomac has pioneered a number of aseptic technologies in the past ten years, including the outstanding use of the microbiological isolator technology instead of the traditional complex clean room environment for aseptic filling lines.

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is Germany's largest listed mechanical engineering group. As an internationally operating technology group, the company concentrates on specialty mechanical engineering with a focus on process technology and components. Consolidated sales amounted to EUR 5.2 billion in 2007. The Group generated over 50 percent of its sales in the high-growth food processing and beverages industries. The company's workforce comprised over 20,000 employees based in 50 countries as of June 30, 2008. The GEA Group ranks as a market and technology leader in 90 percent of its business areas. GEA Group is listed in the German MDAX share index (G1A, WKN 660200).

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