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GEA plans new production plant for separators in China

Bochum, October 28, 2010 – In line with the increasing globalization of its sales markets, GEA is planning to build a separator production facility in Wuqing, China. Production is scheduled to start in 2011. The site, which is located immediately next to an existing GEA Heat Exchangers Segment production plant, will initially have an area of 80,000 sqm, although an option to double this has also been agreed with the Chinese authorities. The city, which is located to the southeast of Beijing in the municipality of Tianjin, offers a perfect infrastructure and access to a suitable workforce. The new GEA Mechanical Equipment Segment production plant will help reduce process and production costs, minimize global procurement times, and strengthen market proximity to GEA’s key international partners. In line with this, the production plant in Wuqing will mainly focus on products in demand in the Asian markets. “Implementing this project perfectly lays the groundwork for our companies’ continued forward-looking approach,” said Jürg Oleas, Chairman of the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft.

Alongside separators and decanters from GEA Westfalia Separator Group, the GEA segment GEA Mechanical Equipment also includes valves, pumps and tank cleaning systems from GEA Tuchenhagen, as well as homogenisers from GEA Niro Soavi. The segment has an export share of over 80 percent and supplies the food industry, chemicals/pharmaceuticals, the marine sector, power generation companies and more.

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest system providers for food and energy processes with about EUR 4.4 billion in 2009 revenue. As an internationally operating technology group, the company focuses on process technology and components for demanding production processes in various end markets. The group gains about 70 percent of its revenue in the long-term growing food and energy industries. The company's workforce comprised over 20,000 employees worldwide as of June 30, 2010. GEA Group is a market and technology leader in its business areas. The company is listed in the MDAX index (G1A, WKN 660200).

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