EBITDA before restructuring measures (EUR 140 million) up by a substantial 26.2 percent in second quarter — Order intake (EUR 1,034 million) down 9.8 percent on previous year — Revenue (EUR 1,165 million) down 6.6 percent on previous year; service business more robust, share now up to 33 percent — ROCE up from 10.5 percent in the previous year to 14.8 percent — Free cash flow improves, reaching EUR 182 million in second quarter (previous year: EUR 9 million) — Net liquidity EUR 92 million as of reporting date (previous year: EUR -330 million) — Total workforce reduced by 1,141 employees — Outlook for financial year raised in part
With its conversion from a rotary milking parlor to an automated system with 16 GEA DairyRobot R9500 milking robots, Agrar GmbH Cottbus West in Krieschow, Germany, has installed GEA’s largest automated milking system in Europe to date.
Order intake in the second quarter down 9.8% to EUR 1,034 million (previous year: EUR 1,147 million), Revenue down 6.6% to EUR 1,165 million (previous year: EUR 1,247 million), EBITDA before restructuring measures up 26.2% to EUR 140.4 million (previous year: EUR 111.2 million), ROCE climbs to 14.8% (previous year: 10.5%), Full-year 2020 guidance raised in part.
Ad hoc disclosure in accordance with article 17 of MAR - GEA significantly improves preliminary earnings for the second quarter and raises part of its full-year 2020 guidance
The new HYGiTip bag emptying system from GEA safely and efficiently opens and discharges 25kg bags of powdered ingredients into food production lines automatically, without operator involvement, minimizing contamination risks and virtually eliminating powder waste.
Ramón Ventulà S.A, a family business in the north-east of Spain, famed internationally for the quality of its extensive range of meat products, has installed a new holistic slicing and packaging line from GEA. The new line, which brings together scanning, slicing and thermoforming technology from a single source, achieves improved yields, greater efficiency, less downtime, reduced use of packing materials and greater product flexibility and consistency.
In May 2020 GEA received the second order for an evaporation plant for the treatment of silver nitrate from the production of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil from KD Pharma Group.
In a fast-changing world, GEA is committed to maintaining close, even instantaneous communication with customers and helping them navigate the new normal. With GEA Remote Support, GEA experts are instantly available via video, which neither requires pre-installing software nor an updated IT-infrastructure. GEA now offers customers two new service packages providing different types of remote expert assistance, ensuring availability in every situation without compromising safety and security.
GEA has supplied its largest steam-sterilizable centrifuge to Jiangsu Wecare Biotechnology in Luohe, Henan Province, in central China. In January 2020, GEA completed the installation of the pharma separator of type CSI with a production capacity up to 20,000 liters an hour. It is used for the centrifugal harvesting of bacteria after fermentation at the customer’s new production plant, where probiotic powder is produced for the food, pharmaceutical and agriculture sectors.
A GEA Emission Control technology solution enables electricity and compressed air to be generated from otherwise unused waste heat from flat glass production lines.
During a countrywide lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-essential operations as well as local movements were suspended in India in the month of April. During this time, the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), which sells its products under the brand Nandini and is the second largest milk co-operative in India, was faced with a surplus of thousands of liters of fresh milk; without further processing all this milk would be lost.
GEA, the mechanical engineering company and supplier of plants and systems, makes an ecologically and economically valuable contribution to the recycling of PET bottles.
In a significant step forward to bring continuous processing technology to a broader pharmaceutical customer segment, GEA has repositioned its ConsiGma® portfolio to ensure that new drugs can be brought to market as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
The degree of automation in production plants in the food, dairy and beverage industry is constantly increasing. This also increases the demand for intelligent field devices. Sooner or later this leads to a confusing multitude of interfaces with different mechanical and electrical characteristics. In general, the solution to this challenge is called IO-Link and GEA's T.VIS® control top are now available with this technology.
The new rotary Aseptic Blow Fill technology from GEA (ABF 2.0) provides beverage manufacturers with maximum hygiene and food safety and top performance in terms of filling speed, accuracy and flexibility.
There are obvious reasons for installing heat pump solutions in the industry. Some do it to reduce operating costs and thereby increase their competitiveness, others choose to do it as part of their long term sustainability targets in line with the company image and finally there are industries which have to change their heating solution away from burning fossil fuels in order to meet regulatory requirement for reducing the environmental impact we all have on our planet.
GEA has recently launched its new Whitebloc Filling System Aero that has been specially designed to be used for bottling Extended Shelf Life (ESL) beverages. Whitebloc Aero has been developed with the benefit of GEA’s extensive experience in aseptic filling to inspire the design. GEA is a global supplier of complete filling lines that handle the entire process from raw material reception to final bottling and palletization.
A modular and efficient solution for the cleaning of hygienic process, storage and fermentation tanks of all sizes has been developed by the system provider GEA. It is used in the food and beverage industry, as well as in the healthcare, chemical, marine, fish farming, bio-ethanol, and wine sectors, and in the paint and coatings industry. After the highly acclaimed premiere at the BrauBeviale 2019 in Nuremberg, the official sales launch of the new modular orbital cleaner OC200 has now begun. It is available immediately.
In the first quarter of 2020, the technology company GEA was commissioned by Hochwald Foods GmbH to provide the entire technological setup for dairy processing at a new plant in the German town of Mechernich, near Cologne.
Magnetic separators are a crucial component on the way to maximum plant availability and food quality. Striving for maximum protection of customers' manufacturing processes and therewith protection of product quality and safety, the systems supplier, machinery and plant manufacturer GEA is expanding its Aseptomag® magnetic separator portfolio. The manually switchable MAS H version, including a patented locking mechanism, and the pneumatically switchable MAS PA version for "Cleaning-in-Place (CIP)" processes are the latest achievements in this regard.
Healthy udders that are well looked-after ensure optimum milk quality, and therefore healthy, long-term yields. The basis for this is reducing the risk of new udder infections by selecting the right teat dip. For this purpose GEA has extended its range of teat dips with SalvoSpray AMS, an organic teat dip specially designed for automated milking systems (AMS).
Düsseldorf (Germany), May 19, 2020 – Global process technology and solutions provider, GEA, has been chosen by innocent Ltd., a leading European smoothie and juice manufacturer, as a key technology partner for the design and construction of what will be an industry-leading, carbon-neutral juice manufacturing plant in the Netherlands. Scheduled to open in 2021, the innocent facility will produce 400 million bottles of chilled juice every year for the European market, which amounts to about 60 percent of the company’s annual production of bottled juices.
Future-proof, reliable, cost- and energy-efficient - the new generation of subcritical compressors GEA Bock HGX44e CO2 for the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (R744) sets a milestone especially for industrial low temperature applications in cold stores and in the food industry.
With the coronavirus crisis affecting operating business only to a very minor extent in the first quarter of 2020, technology group GEA began the current financial year with significant increases in both order intake and EBITDA before restructuring measures. These positive developments were achieved largely due to the new group organization introduced in January as well as to operational improvements resulting from measures introduced last year to increase efficiency in the group.
New, global legal requirements for marine protection and ever-increasing environmental awareness among the general public, along with the marine sector’s own desire to be more sustainable, means shipping companies are taking a close look at the fuels and lubricants they use on board.
GEA recently supported the Bethel foundation, the largest helping organization of its kind in Germany, with a donation of 5,000 mouth and nose protective masks.
Earlier this year, GEA Pavan successfully handed over a seventh production line for manufacturing breakfast cereals to OBST S.A.. Both companies have been working in a close partnership for 20 years.
More and more companies in the petrochemical and chemical industries rely on liquid jet mixers from GEA for their storage tanks, as recently a well-known major company in the petrochemical Industry did for its fuel and motor oil tank farm.
In the battle against the Covid-19 virus, technology leader GEA announces an order to supply a separator plant for vaccines to China. The plant will be used for clinical samples and later for the actual production process for the manufacture of a possible future corona vaccine.
More and more shipping companies are relying on UV irradiation for the treatment of ballast water. With the BallastMaster marineX, GEA offers a corresponding solution.
Production with a faster time-to-market, flexibility and simplicity are the key issues that continue to shape the industry. In shipbuilding, this means improving the interoperability and standardization of automation systems as the various modules and systems in the engine room often create an incredibly complex web of digital connections. Modular automation with the Module Type Package (MTP) provides a remedy: Integration via MTP can significantly reduce the amount of manual effort involved, saving time and money. Now the marine industry also aims to benefit from this form of automation.
GEA has developed numerous innovative improvements to both blood fractionation and vaccine production and brought them to the global market by applying first-class engineering
GEA, the globally active mechanical and plant engineering company, offers a suite of digital and virtual solutions to support the pharmaceutical industry as it embraces remote working and travel-free manufacturing
Owing to the COVID-19 virus, the technology company GEA is postponing its Annual General Meeting originally planned for April 30, 2020, in Düsseldorf and will reschedule it for the end of the year. The health of the company’s shareholders, employees and the service providers involved takes the highest priority. By postponing the event, GEA is making an active contribution to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, organizations are faced with travel restrictions and quarantine challenges, required to reduce direct contact between employees and service providers. To enable immediate GEA expert assistance for customers during the corona crisis without putting people’s lives at risk, GEA now offers a special remote support solution that is easy-to-set-up.
Amidst the ongoing Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, laboratories around the globe are working tirelessly to find a vaccine.
Technology group GEA offers a wide range of engineering excellence in the area food processing and packaging for meat, cheese, bakery, confectionery and pasta.
Maximum performance in confectionery packaging
The possibility of increasing one's own efficiency and productivity through data collection and analysis, as well as developing new business models, fires the imagination of machine and plant manufacturers looking for new growth and profit opportunities.
Utkal Alumina International receives technological support from GEA to expand the capacity of its refinery in the state of Orissa, India.
“Go West” is the slogan for GEA's range of pumps, which aims to conquer the US market in 2020. Of course, there is nothing as peaceful and free as the Village People suggested in the 1970s or the Pet Shop Boys in the 1990s.
With its new flexible screw pump, GEA Hilge NOVATWIN, GEA fulfils customer wishes and requirements such as the highest hygienic demands for gentle product handling, long-term reliability, versatile applications and professional support throughout the entire product life cycle, based on more than 150 years of pumping experience.
In fiscal year 2019, the technology company GEA fulfilled or slightly exceeded its own forecasts for revenue, EBITDA before restructuring expenses and return on capital. Despite a difficult market environment, GEA charted growth in revenues and order intake.
Algae has become a highly sought after raw material for numerous products in the pharma, chemical and food sectors. For more than 50 years, GEA has accompanied start-ups and algae producers with R&D support and high-quality and processing technologies that meet strict industry standards. A recent example of growing consumer demand for healthy, plant-based and ecologically sustainable products is the Brittany-based French company that first approached GEA nearly six years ago when it was a fledgling start-up in the algae industry.
Aurivo trusts in GEA to create most sustainable liquid milk facility at its Killygordon site
For dairy cows there is already a wide range of lying facilities. These range from organic bedding materials, different types of mattresses to waterbeds, with each system offering certain advantages. With the new Akwatopsoft, GEA now offers farmers a first-class mattress system for freestall cubicles that combines all the advantages.
From the very beginning, the Düsseldorf-based engineering group GEA will be one of the 50 companies listed in the new DAX 50 ESG index owing to their exemplary positions when it comes to ESG criteria – the environment, social topics and corporate governance.
At an educational seminar in the beginning of February 2020 on producing oral solid dosage forms, GEA’s Dr Harald Stahl teamed up with experts from industry and academia to elucidate the fundamental relationship between granulation and tableting, discuss possible manufacturing issues and apply best practices.
Today, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft and Steffen Bersch (50), member of GEA’s Executive Board, have mutually agreed to prematurely terminate his service agreement due to expire on December 31, 2021. In doing so, the Board honored Steffen Bersch’s request for a termination of his service agreement to seek new challenges outside of GEA Group.
According to the motto "The °Clever Art of Cooling", GEA Bock is presenting the new generation of innovative CO2 and HC compressors for natural refrigerants for the first time at EuroShop 2020 in Düsseldorf.
GEA received FDA approval for sensor technology used to monitor food packaging quality
Within the framework of its annual planning process, GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has recognized a non-cash impairment in the amount of approximately EUR 248 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
GEA has scored its best result to date in the climate assessment of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). With an overall score of “A-,” the Group now meets the criteria for the leadership level and thus ranks among the leading group in the sectoral and regional benchmark.
GEA experts recently discussed the advantages of continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing and the benefits of understanding its target markets in South Korea
The renowned trade magazine PROCESS has now honored GEA for its milestones in separation technology, which have had a decisive impact on the industry.
The new European Union (EU) regulation on the use of partially fluorinated hydrocarbons (HFCs) in refrigeration systems (F-Gas Regulation) has significant implications for manufacturers, operators of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and heat pumps, as well as for service providers who, for example, offer maintenance and service for these systems.
With sustainability increasingly important in food packaging, it’s only logical that packaging systems not only need to be efficient, safe and flexible but also conserve energy and resources. GEA product experts demonstrated the technology group’s solutions for this segment at this year’s Packaging Days, staged at the Biedenkopf plant (Germany) in November.
With a length of 45 metres, F/V Northern Defender, one of the trawlers in the fleet belonging to Global Seas headquartered in Seattle, Washington, delivers its catch to a shoreside factory for processing. She normally operates in the Bering Sea off Alaska and returns to port with up to 340 tons of pollock. For the fish to stay fresh during the voyage of up to several days, it is chilled with seawater at zero to minus one degree Celsius.
How can refrigeration and air conditioning systems be planned, built, and operated in a future-proof and cost-efficient manner in times of constantly tightening environmental legislation?
With the help of a system partnership, two game changers in their respective areas develop into a large, joint solution.
The LEFF® technology in GEA VARIVENT® Mixproof Valves provides up to 90 percent savings in clean-in-place media (CIP) such as expensive cleaning agents, water and waste water.
In November, GEA sold de Klokslag to Evert IJntema and Jan Dijkema. De Klokslag, which is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of large-scale plants for hard and semi hard cheese, has roughly 80 employees and, according to the latest figures, generates an annual revenue of around EUR 15 million.
Gea completes its D-tec valve range with the double-chamber valve D/DV.
Real-time diagnostics of data or direct access to sensor data specifically during valve setup and maintenance improves control, accelerates product changes, can anticipate problems before they escalate, calculates plant effectiveness, identifies performance trends, and optimizes maintenance schedules.
Benefiting from a very small footprint for a high-output commercial-scale machine, the PERFORMA D offers a market-leading size-to-output ratio in terms of both cost and square meterage per tablet.
GEA is presenting a new modular orbital cleaner at BrauBeviale 2019 in Nuremberg (November 12 to 14, 2019).
The pump experts from GEA and ITT Bornemann are now working together to manufacture and market a twin screw pump for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. While GEA has so far concentrated primarily on hygienic centrifugal pumps, the cooperation now means that a joint model of a positive displacement pump is ready for introduction: GEA Hilge NOVATWIN. The GEA Hilge NOVATWIN is a flexible twin screw pump based on the proven Bornemann design that meets the highest hygienic requirements for gentle product handling and clean-in-place (CIP) with just one pump. The new GEA Hilge NOVATWIN will be available in 6 sizes and will be part of the GEA VARIPUMP line, which stands for pumps with a high degree of flexibility for optimum adaptation to individual customer requirements.
At BrauBeviale, GEA will premiere the new GEA brewpub Separator Skid, developed especially for tavern and pub micro-breweries that produce on site. With this essential skid, small brewpubs now get access to GEA’s state-of the-art centrifuge technology at an attractive starter price. The machine comes as a ready-to-plug skid to immediately deliver all the key benefits of beer clarification with a centrifuge: Reproducible quality, optimal dry hopping and decreased production time, meaning more batches in the same time.
Based on positive user feedback and their ongoing mission to expedite the implementation of continuous pharmaceutical processing, GEA will offer its virtual conti experience at both Pharmtech Moscow and P-MEC India.
After successful commissioning and targeted optimization runs of the GEA AromaPlus dealcoholization unit in August and September this year, the privately-owned brewery Kaiserdom in Bamberg/Germany is looking forward to the sales launch of the new Kaiserdom Hefeweißbier 0.0% in November 2019. The innovative reverse osmosis unit of the GEA technology group convinces with the high quality and characteristic taste of the completely dealcoholized wheat beer.
Alongside its focus on brewing at BrauBeviale, GEA will also address other beverage industry trends at the trade show in Nuremberg. Among them, GEA’s 360-degree solutions for producing plant-based beverages. Bean- and cereal-based convenience products, such as drinks, have gained popularity all over the globe, riding high on health- and environment-conscious dietary trends. “The vegetarian segment is a key focal area for development at GEA. Demand is high around the world and GEA’s extensive project experience and technology portfolio allow us to support customers every step of the way, through to service in ongoing operations,” says Colm O’Gorman, GEA Business Manager Plant-Based Beverages.
Störtebeker Craft Brewery in the city of Stralsund is GEA’s first customer in Germany to use the GEA HOPSTAR® Dry for the dynamic cold extraction of hop oils. Early in 2019, the two companies signed a contract to build, install and commission GEA’s system; the work was successfully completed the following August. Now the beers Störtebeker makes with high pellet loads come out even more homogeneous using fully automated, stabilized processes.
GEA has launched its new nitrogen freezing pilot plant for bacteria, giving food and dairy processors the opportunity to trial this new technology in their own plants before investing in production-scale equipment. By freezing bacteria into pellets before drying, GEA is now able to provide processors with greater flexibility, a higher active cell count and reduced costs through better utilization of their fermentation lines and freeze dryers.
The new three-member Management Board of the GEA Farm Technologies division have all officially been appointed: Peter Lauwers will transfer from Atlas Copco to GEA on February 1, 2020, and assume the position of CEO. He will be joined by Helmut Korthöber, who assumed the newly created position of Chief Service Officer (CSO) for GEA Farm Technologies division as of November 1, 2019. Erkul Basaran, who has worked successfully for GEA for more than eight years – most recently as Head of Finance – was appointed CFO of the division already in September of this year.
How will beverage and food manufacturers be producing in the future and what optimization potential do digital services offer in terms of product quality, variety, flexibility, efficiency, availability and sustainability? Visitors to this year's BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, will be able to find out by visiting the GEA booth, where new products for the beverage industry as well as GEA’s service solutions will be on display.
There are several different methods for producing dealcoholized or non-alcoholic beer. Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy brewery in Finland knew it wanted to avoid wort-like flavors and achieve the best results when it came to taste and quality. Retaining the genuine flavor and original features of their Laitilan Kukko beer were the key criteria when they chose the membrane filtration system, AromaPlus, from GEA.
The decision has been made: The GEA Bock StarCO2mpressor, the new generation of mobile CO2 compressors for electric bus and railway air conditioning and heating, was awarded the coveted Busworld Innovation Label Award 2019 at the world's largest bus trade fair in Brussels.
Technology group GEA posted an increase in both order intake and revenue in the third quarter of 2019. Order intake rose to EUR 1.25 billion in the last quarter, an increase of around 5 percent compared to the same quarter in 2018. Both basic business and six large projects (three of which were awarded in dairy processing) contributed to this positive development.
Refreshingly different: It’s not only GEA’s motto for the upcoming Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, but also the philosophy behind the new GEA vaculiq Vacuum Spiral Filter, which debuts at the fair November 12-14. GEA vaculiq, which requires minimal space, efficiently juices diverse fruits and vegetables while under vacuum pressure. This method protects valuable plant nutrients and vitamins, ensuring fresh flavors and healthy ingredients are preserved from atmospheric oxygen.
The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Johannes Giloth (49) to the company’s Executive Board with effect from January 20, 2020, where he will assume responsibility for the newly created Procurement, Production and Logistics organization.
Düsseldorf-based technology group GEA is exploring a possible sale of GEA Bock as part of the Group’s continued focus on its strategic core markets – the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. As announced at the Capital Markets Day in September, GEA plans to divest selected activities of the future Farm Technologies and Refrigeration Technologies divisions in this connection.
At the leading trade show for food ingredients, Fi Europe, taking place in Paris, France, December 3-5, GEA will showcase its solutions for the manufacture of food and dairy ingredients, freeze-dried foods and instant coffee at booth 6F141 in hall H6
Smart solution from GEA reduces time for reconfiguring complex filling equipment and format changeover
With the GEA StarCO2mpressor, GEA is presenting a new milestone for mobile CO2 applications at this year’s Busworld in Brussels from October 18-23, 2019.
GEA now launched its new flexible cubicle GEA DairyBarn B3130 for dairy cows which enlarges cow comfort and maximizes the milk yield. It allows that animals can lie down and stand up with ease, with maximum safety thanks to its exclusive design. This results in healthy and rested cows which are essential for productivity and profitability in the dairy farm.
Technology group GEA will today present new medium-term targets for the entire Group and its five future divisions at the Capital Markets Day. The Group plans that consolidated revenues will grow by an average of 2.0–3.0 percent per year until 2022.
GEA will present their process expertise, technology leadership and customer-centric services for a wide range of food processing industries at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing fair in Dubai from October 29 – 31, at booth D1-64, A1-64 in hall 1.
Refreshingly different: The GEA presentation at BrauBeviale from November 12–14, 2019 in Nuremberg (GEA booth in Hall 7/7-600) aims to surprise with a fresh take.
Due to national and international laws as well as voluntary environmental protection measures, more and more environmentally friendly refrigerants are being used in the marine business.
Technology group GEA acquired several major orders from various industries at the start of the third quarter, making up substantial ground after sluggish order intake from project business in the previous quarter.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is standing by its business outlook for 2019, despite various special effects having a negative impact on earnings in the second quarter of the year.
From September 2019 the well-known Montoni brand, manufacturer of dies, extrusion molds and cutting systems, will continue its operations within the “Dies & Moulds Business Line” under the umbrella brand of Pavan.
GEA will launch the redesigned high-speed vertical packaging machine GEA SmartPacker TwinTube at PACK EXPO (booth LS-5905) in Las Vegas, USA from September 23-25, 2019. The entire machine has been redesigned as a future-proof modular system with increased functional efficiency promoting higher operational uptime and ease of use.
Mile by mile better and more efficient: With the new GEA marine Separator 35 GEA supports its long-standing customer and partner Danaos Shipping, Greece.
The demand for decanters for sludge treatment is high. GEA has now produced the 100th GEA environmental Decanter pro at its plant in Tianjin, China and delivered it to the operator of a regional wastewater treatment plant. The production facility in Tianjin was opened in 2013 and is a multi-purpose site designed to manufacture products from various GEA divisions, as well as a certified repair shop.
GEA equipped two Hapag-Lloyd container ships with the GEA marine Separator which it recently presented at SMM 2018 in Hamburg.
Under the motto “100 years of combined passion and know-how,” GEA will be exhibiting advanced bakery technology from its leading brands, GEA Comas and GEA Imaforni, at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas from September 8-11, 2019. Both processing and freezing technology will be represented at booth 7547 to demonstrate the company’s innovation, craftsmanship, partnership and know-how in creating bakery lines that are built to perform and built to last.
The new GEA Static Pressure Control System (SPCS) is GEAs most recent service upgrade for older A-Tec spiral freezers. The simple upgrade instantly controls the air flow, reducing frost build-up which increases productivity and improves product quality. Saving time, energy, money and a four-month ROI are further advantages of the new SPCS.
Following a series of optimization measures at its Center of Excellence (COE) in Oelde, GEA has already began significantly reducing the general repair times of its separators by up to 40% worldwide. For particularly urgent cases, GEA is now offering a Fast Lane Service, which enables affected separators to be repaired in less than 10 days.
Leading technology group GEA’s own culture of innovation serves as the key to securing future commercial success and fostering further growth. To this end, GEA invited customers, research partners and select start-ups to its third “GEA Innovation Forum.”
Technology group GEA has outlined its new organizational structure, which will be implemented gradually from October 1, 2019 onwards and become effective January 1, 2020. Going forward, GEA will be organized in five divisions with each up to six sub-divisions.
Italian company Bracco in Torviscosa, located in the Udine Province, has placed an order with GEA for the supply of a falling film evaporator.
With an open-house day and several speakers, GEA’s first automated milking system was installed in Greece. More than 120 customers attended the event and learned about GEA’s capabilities in automatic milking.
On June 17, 2019, a civil jury in the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA rendered a double-digit-million (U.S.) dollar verdict against GEA Mechanical Equipment US, Inc.
Marcus A. Ketter (51) today became Chief Financial Officer of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft. His predecessor Dr. Helmut Schmale (62) left the company on May 17, 2019, after more than 10 years in this position.
GEA has completed a new freeze-dried instant coffee plant on a green field site in Vietnam for Tata Coffee Vietnam Company Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Coffee Limited, India. According to the timetable for the contract project which was signed two years ago, the new plant was inaugurated on March 6, 2019 – just 19 months after the groundbreaking ceremony.
Düsseldorf-based engineering group GEA posted order intake of around EUR 1.2 billion for the first quarter of 2019, a rise of 7.6 percent.
At IFFA in Frankfurt, GEA will be demonstrating its industry expertise and technological know-how in the field of high-tech equipment and line competence in the food industry, including in the application of sausage production. GEA CutMaster, the market leader in terms of speed, is the key machine for producing high quality sausage on an effective way.
GEA, one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry, will launch two innovations in the area vertical packaging to support meat and poultry manufacturers increase uptime and boost consumer confidence at IFFA 2019 – held in Frankfurt from 4-9 May. GEA’s SmartPacker CX400 packaging machine, available in both sanitary and standard configurations, is now equipped with induction sealing capabilities that reduce changeover times to less than two minutes.
GEA presents a new combined solution for sustainable food packaging at IFFA in Frankfurt.
Under the motto ‘Excellence at Every Stage’, GEA will present its equipment and solutions for diverse application areas at this year’s IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany. Key processing and packaging exhibits will demonstrate the benefits of automation; optimal process control; as well as the efficient use of resources, energy and labor in meat manufacturing.
At the IFFA trade fair in Frankfurt (Germany), GEA will showcase a new cloud-based platform for digital services for the first time. This supplier-independent portal provides customers modern service solutions like remote maintenance, data analysis and comprehensive e-Commerce and enables them to seamlessly integrate all their supplier interactions in one common platform.
For its packaging and forming machines as well as grinding and cutting equipment, GEA developed different Toolings to make sure the machines always fulfill their demands. Whether it affects the shape, size, taste, quality, or safety and economic needs for the end product, GEA Toolings bring the latest innovations and developments to meet all those new requirements.
GEA is launching its new D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve by end of April 2019. The outstanding sealing properties of the new valve stem diaphragm raise hygiene standards to an UltraClean level, thus increasing the shelf life of soft drinks, fruit juices, as well as milk-based and lactic acid-fermented products.
Successful test measurement in french fries production at Bergia Frites in the Netherlands
With the new GEA Service Kit concept for both packaging and forming machines, maintenance is now more convenient and even easier to plan.
After being a member of the Board of Trustees at the Doemens Academy for many years, Rudolf Michel was elected Chairman in February 2019.
The fine-grained, hard, brittle and highly abrasive catalyst residues in fuels, known as cat fines, can cause considerable damage to marine engines.
GEA will make its first debut at ProPak Asia in Bangkok in June 2019. The company will demonstrate its market-leading technology for the food ingredients, beverage, bakery, meat, poultry and ready-to-eat meals sectors and introduce its CALLIFREEZE® system for the GEA S-Tec spiral freezer to the Asian market. From June 12-15, the ProPak Asia booth (Hall103/BS41) will showcase a range of bakery products and freeze-dried samples, all produced on GEA equipment.
GEA has received an order from thomas zement for a turnkey plant for the reduction of NOx in flue gas.
From nuclear fuel pellets, hard metals and batteries to confectionery, almost anything is possible with the R55 industrial rotary press.
Excellent hardware is one thing – valuable service another. That’s why GEA also presented its customized service solutions for its broad spectrum of technologies, machines and plants for processing solids and liquids at this year’s POWTECH trade show in Nuremberg.
To improve their customer service, eight engineers from Mondi Styria, the flexible film producer in Austria, recently participated in a GEA PowerPak training in Wallau, Germany. Mondi Styria’s know-how is based on more than 60 years of experience in the field of plastics processing.
GEA supplements its GEA Hilge HYGIA range with a 45 kilowatt motor, thereby expanding the hygienic pump’s performance spectrum to a flow rate of 180 cubic meters per hour. The new version is also suitable for demanding pharmaceutical applications, particularly because the use of high-quality, no-cast materials in CIP- and SIP-capable special pumps is a critical factor in the production of life science products. GEA will introduce the new drive version at POWTECH 2019 in Nuremberg, which focuses primarily on mechanical process engineering for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (April 9-11, 2019, Hall 3/3-231).
Denver, Colorado, is hosting this year’s U.S. Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). The Brewers Association expects to have more than 13,000 professionals from the brewing industry attend its diverse seminar program and BrewExpo America trade show ¬– all taking place against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. GEA will, once again, be in attendance. This year, the company will showcase its brewing and filling expertise and present their specialized technologies for forward thinking craft brewers. (April 8-11, 2019, GEA stand 12003).
At its AUSPACK conference on March 27, 2019, the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) selected the best packaging innovations and products of the year.
For the first time in a lithium extraction project, Australia leaves all process steps from ore mining and separation to refining in the country. With its comprehensive technology portfolio, GEA is supporting its customer Albemarle, in this project.
GEA received the order from The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) in March 2019 to build and supply the industrial equipment for a large olive oil mill located in Saudi Arabia.
Technology group GEA has announced its definitive figures for fiscal 2018. In addition, Stefan Klebert, GEA’s new CEO, presented his analysis of the status quo and outlined the immediate action the company will take.
Today, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft and Niels Erik Olsen (52), member of GEA’s Executive Board responsible for the Business Area Solutions, have agreed on an early termination of his service agreement, which is due to expire on December 31, 2021.
When U.K. brewers meet at BeerX in Liverpool (March 13-14, 2019), they will not only get an up-close and personal view of GEA Plug & Win separator skid at the GEA stand 141, but will also have the opportunity to speak to London-based craft brewers Gipsy Hill Brewing Company about working with this user-friendly centrifuge, where it has been in operation since 2018, delivering top performance. GEA brewing experts will be on hand to provide information on both brewing and filling solutions for craft beers in the hot and cold process. Naturally, samples of the popular Gipsy Hill beers will also be available for tasting.
The new GEA marine Separator met with great interest at the world's leading trade fair SMM in September 2018 in Hamburg. The first contracts for orders have now been signed.
From May 4 to 9 at IFFA, Frankfurt (Germany) GEA will present their process expertise, technology leadership and customer-centric services for the meat industry under the motto ‘Excellence at Every Stage’. The technology leader will be exhibiting at booth D06 in hall 8 and focus on four main application areas that link back to this year’s theme, specifically: tempura-coated and homestyle coated products, the art of bacon making and sausage.
The new brine injection system is part of GEA MultiJector product family and is specifically dedicated to precise bacon and poultry processing, for 700 mm wide lines. The system features two millimeters OptiFlex needles, to date unique by GEA, promoting a tight injection pattern and allowing for exceptional injection accuracy, product quality and consistency.
Greater process reliability and reduced resource consumption during the packaging of fresh products – both are guaranteed with the latest generation of GEA thermoforming packaging technology, the GEA PowerPak PLUS. The machine was presented for the first time during, the GEA Packaging Days customer event at the production site in Wallau, Germany, at the end of last year. In May, the technology group will use e the international trade fair IFFA in Frankfurt (Hall 8/Stand D06) to showcase the system on a larger scale.
Today, Stefan Klebert (53) became chairman of the Executive Board of the GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, a body that he joined on November 15, 2018. His predecessor, Jürg Oleas (61), has left the company, as planned, after spending more than 14 years as head of the Group.
The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Marcus A. Ketter (50) to the company’s Executive Board with effect from May 20, 2019. He is set to succeed the long-standing Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Helmut Schmale (62), who will leave the company as of May 17, 2019.
In September 2018, GEA secured an order from the Shijiazhuang Junlebao Dairy Co. Ltd. in China to supply the country’s largest spray dryer for the manufacture of infant milk formula (IMF), with a planned production capacity of 6 tons/hour.
GEA has developed high-temperature filters with ceramic elements that enable the removal of NOx, dioxins, mercury and VOC through an integrated catalyst matrix. BisCat ceramic catalyst filters are chemically inert and corrosion-resistant. This means that for many applications only one single system is required instead of three.
The production of value-added products from renewable raw materials is Borregaard's strategy. GEA is supporting its customer with the supply of a turnkey plant for the spray drying of lignosulfonate in the double-digit million range.
GEA presents the HG66e, a new semi-hermetic compressor. The HG66e is a completely new 6-cylinder series for large capacities with high efficiency in the fields of air conditioning and refrigeration.
At the press preview of the POWTECH trade show on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Nuremberg, GEA presented its know-how with a broad spectrum of technologies and solutions for processing solids and liquids for various industries and applications such as food, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, ceramics, minerals, hard metals, battery materials and basic materials for high-quality plastics.
Successful completion of testing at GEA customer site demonstrates that the GEA NiSo-Valve homogenizes nanoemulsions quicker and more flexibly.
High-quality milk production and superior herd management are essential for a successful dairy operation. The new box-style robot from GEA, the DairyRobot R9500, is engineered to enhance the milking process and increase on-farm efficiency.
GEA has received two orders worth nearly EUR 4 million for vacuum systems for a new “grassroot” refinery in Oman.
GEA VIPOLL, a Slovenian subsidiary of GEA since early 2018, has achieved its first project in the craft beer segment in South Africa. The bottling specialist is manufacturing an ALL IN ONE filler with a filling capacity of 4,000 bottles and cans per hour for its customer, East Coast Brewing Company.
GEA's BluQ-Chiller has received the "Accelerate Europe Innovation of the Year" award. The readers of Accelerate Europe Magazine voted GEA BluQ "Innovation of the Year". The use of natural refrigerants in BluQ chillers was particularly praised.
GEA’s leading technology strives for perfection at each stage of product preparation and packaging. The technology company will be putting its inspiring new processing and packaging solutions center stage at IPPE (booth B5107/hall B) from February 12 to 14 in Atlanta, Georgia/USA.
GEA recently achieved a significant milestone in its company history by manufacturing its 10,000th liquid manure spreader tank. With a stainless steel reservoir capacity of 10,500 US gallons, the EL48-8D 8800 is the biggest single reservoir model available on the market. The unit was sold by GEA dealer, Automated Waste Systems (AWS), LLC and delivered to PK Winter Farms Inc. in Sheldon, Iowa.
1893 - It was the year of inventions that are still indispensable today, such as the diesel engine by Rudolf Diesel and the zipper by Whitcomb Judson. And 1893 also showed what persistence means.
Cooperation announced at SPS IPC Drives 2018 – The GEA Plug & Win compact skid separator will be exhibited at the Siemens booth in hall 11
Contrary to internal expectations, GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft's working capital continued to rise in October as a result of ongoing positive sales growth and a high order backlog. Against this backdrop, the Executive Board has decided to adjust the outlook for the 2018 financial year.
Following the Group’s business development in October, the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has decided to adjust its outlook for the operating cash flow driver margin* for the 2018 financial year (based on constant exchange rates) to a corridor of 6.5 to 7.0 percent (previously: approx. 8.5 percent).
From January 27 - 30, technology group GEA will offer customers and interested parties in-depth insights into its efficient industrial solutions and machine technology for the confectionery, snack and bakery industries at its ProSweets 2019 booth (Hall 10.1 / G-061) in Cologne.
Colin Hall (47) was appointed to the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft by order of the Düsseldorf local court. Colin Hall, an American national, is Head of Investments at Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL), simultaneously holding the position of CEO at Sienna Capital, a 100 percent subsidiary of GBL. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Ing. Werner J. Bauer (67), who resigned from the Supervisory Board for personal reasons as of November 12, 2018. It is planned that Colin Hall will stand as a candidate for election by the shareholders in April 2019.
The cell count sensor GEA DairyMilk M6850 has won the Audience Award as “Novelty of the Year” at EuroTier 2018. It is the world's first real-time system for effective early detection of mastitis in each individual quarter during the overall milking process. Because the measurement is performed using a robust, purely physical and patented measuring method (EPT principle = Electrical Permittivity Threshold), the GEA DairyMilk M6850 is particularly low-maintenance, reliable and comes out without any consumables.
In July of this year, GEA received the order for Dairygold’s next milk powder plant in Ireland in Mallow, County Cork. The scope includes one new spray drier (GEA’s Multi-Stage Dryer - MSD® size 1000), one new evaporator to match (type 3 MVR), one new 12MT/hr x 25kg GEA powder packing LI Line (Limited Intervention) including N2 gas packing, as well as the associated powder transfer and handling systems.
On the occasion of the 2018 BrauBeviale (Nürnberg Messe, Hall 7, Booth 602) GEA sets its sights on highly efficient, multifunctional beverage lines as part of its 360° offer for the brewing industry. The booth will display the ALL IN ONE monoblock filler, which can fill bottles, cans and PET containers on a single filler. GEA VIPOLL, which became part of its parent company in January 2018, built the machine on display for Macks Ølbryggeri, the fourth largest brewery in Norway.
With the theme “Partnership for Efficiency”, GEA provides an extensive range of services for breweries ensuring highest reliability and maximum plant efficiency. The GEA service for breweries comprises the complete process area from malt intake to the interface with the packaging area, including refrigeration and CO2 recovery plants.
In order to treat the livestock manure to enable the utilization of the associated nutrient surpluses, GEA has developed application-specific GEA manure Decanter lines. Through the continuous removal of solids and the high dewatering performance, the use of GEA decanters offers an efficient and economical solution for agriculture. The clarified manure is largely free of phosphate and can thus be spread on land without causing any environmental problems. Most of the phosphor is in the solid phase and can easily be transported to nutrient-deficient areas.
Healthy and rested cows are essential for productivity and profitability in the dairy farm. The new cubicle, GEA DairyBarn B3130, is the only box system on the market that has no fixed mounted neck and front rails. Therefore it offers freedom of movement, flexibility and safety at the same time.
The new GEA One Way Finger Gate for improved walkway management ensures safely one-way cow traffic inside the barn.
Beginning of 2019, GEA will introduce a new and universal DiGital scraper control panel for 3, 2 or 1 scraper drives, the DG-321, to the European market. The new control panel with advanced functionalities for small, midsized and large barns will replace almost all existing ones. It will be available for all GEA manure scraper drives and all voltages/Hz variants.
Just in time for the BrauBeviale, GEA is completing the development of the GEA Craft Propagator, a yeast propagation system specially designed for small and medium-sized craft breweries. With production volumes from 5 to 25 hectoliters, the propagator’s dimensions are adapted to GEA's brewhouse solutions CRAFT-STAR® and COMPACT-STAR® (25 to 125 hectoliters brew size). The official sales launch is scheduled for 2019.
At Gulfood Manufacturing 2018, GEA will present the key themes of innovation, food safety, top quality and maximum flexibility in food and dairy processing in hall 1, booth A1-64. One highlight at the stand is the high-capacity thermoformer GEA PowerPak, which satisfies food sector requirements, and ideal for packing dates, poultry, seafood or cheese products.
Continuing the success story of the GEA Grasso V series on a higher level, GEA developed the high-pressure version for heat pump applications. With a maximum design pressure of 39 bar, the V HP models are the right choice for hot water applications up to 70 °C.
GEA presents the new heat pump series GEA RedGenium at Chillventa. This new series combines the potential of heat pump technology with the natural refrigerant ammonia.
GEA will be presenting the new ammonia chiller BluQ at Chillventa 2018 in Nuremberg. The world leading fair is the ideal platform to showcase under the umbrella "Keep it blue” the company’s focus sustainability and energy efficiency in Hall 7, Stand 502 from 16 - 18 October.
Based on the preliminary figures for the third quarter of 2018, the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has decided to adjust the outlook for the 2018 fiscal year.
According to preliminary figures, the positive trend compared with the same period last year in order intake (approx. EUR 1,180 million, plus 12 percent), revenue (approx. EUR 1,180 million, plus 4 percent) and operating EBITDA (approx. EUR 135 million; plus 12 percent) has persisted throughout the third quarter of 2018. However, earnings development, in particular in the customer industry Dairy Processing, falls short of the company’s own expectations.
At Chillventa, the leading trade fair for energy efficiency, heat pumps and refrigeration, the technology group GEA presented the new GEA HA44e compressor as one highlight.
After seven years of development technology group GEA will present the world’s first semi-hermit compact screw compressor for ammonia at Chillventa (Hall 7, Stand 502) – GEA CompaX. The main goal for CompaX engineers was to highlight the benefits of NH3 in a simplified design concept.
The British Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Magazine (RAC) has awarded GEA with this year's RAC Cooling Industry Awards in the category "Building Energy Project". The globally renowned award honors companies that are particularly committed to environmentally friendly and innovative solutions in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
GEA successfully concluded the sale of its GEA Westfalia Separator Production France SAS entity, i.e. its French standard separators production facility and the respective real estate in Château-Thierry (Hauts-de-France region) to the French industrial group Altifort as planned.
“Are you ready for ready-to-drink tea?” That’s the question that GEA’s tea experts are asking at this year's Pack Expo International in Chicago, Illinois, USA (October 14–17, 2018, stand N-4927). GEA is targeting beverage producers who are continuously expanding their range of freshly brewed, ready-to-drink tea to align with the trend towards health-promoting diets.
Compressors are considered the heart of industrial refrigeration systems. With its service product, the GEA Omni™ Retrofit Panel, GEA provides state-of-the art technology to keep them up-to-date with a safe, reliable and efficient control unit.
With the motto ‘Filling matters’ GEA will demonstrate at BrauBeviale 2018 that filling is a key pillar of the beverage industry (Hall 7, Booth 602, November 13–15, 2018, Nuremberg, Germany). The focus of this year’s trade fair presence is the newly acquired subsidiary, GEA VIPOLL from Slovenia, which develops and produces filling technologies for hot and cold fill drinks.
With the theme "Next Step Future Farming", the technology group GEA is presenting efficient solutions around the topics of digitization and networking at this year's EuroTier (November 13 to 16, 2018 in Hanover, Germany). Improving animal health and product quality while increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness are the focus of GEAs latest developments.
At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Stefan Klebert (53) to the company’s Executive Board with effect from November 15, 2018. On February 18, 2019, he will succeed the long-serving CEO, Jürg Oleas (60), who is going to leave the company after completion of the fiscal year and after handing over the reins in February 2019.
At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Stefan Klebert (53) to the company’s Executive Board with effect from November 15, 2018. On February 18, 2019, he will succeed the long-serving CEO, Jürg Oleas (60), who is going to leave the company after completion of the fiscal year and after handing over the reins in February 2019.
GEA has supplied centrifugal separation equipment to Suape Energia, a major power producer in Brazil. The equipment has allowed the company to process residual oil sludge from a 381.2 MW oil-fired power station to reduce disposal costs, recover water for use elsewhere in the plant and provide clean fuel oil for sale and to run its internal heating system. The operator believes the GEA technology to be the most efficient slop oil processing plant in Brazil. Full payback on the BRL 2 million-plus investment has been achieved in just four months.
GEA is expanding its D-tec® valve line with the new GEA D-tec® P/DV control valve for ultraclean applications in the food, beverage and dairy industries. This allows reliable control of process parameters such as volume flow, pressure, temperature and filling level of a vessel.
The new vertical bagger from GEA for high-speed packaging of confectionery and snacks boosts efficiency and ease-of-use.
GEA will highlight its innovative process and technology solutions for the bakery and pasta processing industries at iba 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks.
GEA Glashütte Freital ordered GEA for supply and installation of a compact plant for the cleaning of flue gases resulting from melting furnaces. Customer has selected GEA’s BisCat technology (Bischoff Catalysator technology) thanks to low space requirement and combination of several process steps in one reactor. The new furnace has a melting capacity about of 150 t/d, commissioning along with GEA’s emission control plant is foreseen for March 2019.
GEA engineers are committed to pushing the limits and even exceeding them with intelligent solutions and customer benefits. The latest example of one of these successful product developments is the new GEA marine separator. GEA presented the machine at SMM, the leading international trade fair for the maritime industry in Hamburg.
The manual cleaning of the disk stack of mineral oil separators has been a tedious, time-consuming and dirty matter. Dismantling was often required. With its service product EffiClean, GEA is presenting an innovative solution at the SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, with which disk stacks can be cleaned in just 20 minutes, depending on the degree of soiling, instead of usually up to eight hours.
GEA supplies Saint-Gobain with two Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) each for the utilization of waste heat from the float glass production lines in Pisa, Italy and Sriperumbudur, India. Commissioning is planned for the first half of 2019.
In September 2018, GEA will take part in two scientific events on brewery topics. The first, “Recent Advances in Hop Science,” will be a symposium hosted by the European Brewery Convention which is dedicated to the current developments taking place around hop research and refinement (September 9-11, 2018, Nuremberg/Spalt). The second, the international “Young Scientist Symposium,” is organized by the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and the Bitburger Brewery.
GEA has delivered two centrifuges for monoethylene glycol (MEG) purification at BP’s West Nile Delta offshore natural gas field in Egypt. The project represents an important new customer for GEA in its expanding MEG treatment business. MEG is used to protect gas pipelines from corrosion and blockage.
In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine.
With the theme "Future on board. Today", GEA presents innovative solutions that combine environmental protection with economy, reliability and safety at SMM, the world's leading trade fair for the maritime industry. SMM takes place in the Hamburg exhibition halls from September 4 to 7, 2018.
International technology group GEA signed a contract for its new transcritical CO2 industrial refrigeration technology, with P&O Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the world’s largest commercial cruise ship operator.
In the second quarter of 2018, GEA topped the previous year’s figure for order intake, setting a new quarterly record. Second-quarter revenue was above the level of the previous year. Operating EBITDA in the second quarter was slightly above the figure for the same quarter of the previous year.
GEA delivers the process technology for the plant expansion of a leading cosmetics company in Thailand. The Home and Personal Care experts will commission the entire process – from raw material to filling, including the required cleaning systems for pipelines and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) in Bangkok by April 2019.
A need for an automated milking process and a desire to increase the efficiency and reliability of the milking process prompted the Chilean dairy farmer El Trafún to purchase the GEA ApolloMilkSystem, which is the first of its kind in South America.
GEA has worked with Almarai Company in Saudi Arabia to build the nation’s largest and most modern dairy processing facility. The new plant at Al Kharj includes multiple production lines for a wide range of milk and yoghurt products. It has the capacity to process two million liters of milk a day.
Noumed Life Sciences, an integrated generics pharmaceutical company that offers a wide range of services and a variety of products, has purchased three MODUL™ Q tablet presses from GEA, along with multiple Exchangeable Compression Module (ECM) turrets to maximize the equipment’s capability and efficiency.
The automated milking trend continues to tick upwards in the U.S. GEA introduced the first fully automated robotic rotary parlor, DairyProQ, and installations quickly gained momentum with two completed at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, and four on track for completion by end-of-year.
A zero liquid discharge (ZLD) wastewater treatment plant for a power plant in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, marks another success for GEA’s range of small ZLD systems. Abengoa S.A. will use the ZLD plant to convert a salt-laden wastewater into pure water for internal recycling and dry solids for disposal.
GEA recently sold its first buttermaking machine type BUE to an Indian dairy producer. Creamy Foods Limited, located in the state Uttar-Pradesh, placed an order for a GEA BUE 6000, which has a capacity of up to 6000kg/h butter, making it the largest buttermaking machine in India. The new machine will be brought into operation in February of 2019.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has signed a EUR 150 million loan agreement running until 2025 with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance its research, development and innovation spending. By utilising the very attractive financing terms currently on offer, GEA is taking early action to diversify and extend the maturity of its already good funding base.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has reported the cancellation of all 12,003,304 of its treasury shares acquired in the course of a share buyback program which was completed in February 2018.
In view of the growing demand for electric cars and smartphones, for example, demand for lithium is growing steadily worldwide. GEA supports customers in the realization of lithium processing plants with a comprehensive range of technologies.
GEA has been chosen by JSC Pharmasyntez, a leading Russian pharmaceutical company, to supply multiple contained tablet manufacturing lines for the production of highly potent hormonal products.
Since its market launch one year ago, this skid-mounted separator has been implemented in pharmaceutical technical centers and pilot plants around the world for the development of new products.
GEA’s process expertise is based on a long history of innovation, applied R&D and industry experience. And, as a long-term partner to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, our equipment stands for high performance, quality and reliable, trouble-free operation.
The safety of persons, materials, production and delivery processes, and the protection of the environment – are GEA's top priorities. As a global innovation leader in separation technology, GEA will present its new TTI 150 separator at ACHEMA 2018 (June 11 to June 15 in Frankfurt), the World Forum and the 31st leading international trade fair for the process industry.
As part of its “Global Manufacturing Footprint Program” GEA aims to sell the Westfalia Separator Production France SAS entity (WSPF SAS), i.e. its French standard separators production facility (WSPF) and the respective real estate in Château-Thierry (Hauts-de-France region). The administrative offices for GEA’s other activities that are located in Château-Thierry will not be impacted. A binding offer has been submitted by the French industrial group Altifort that was brought in by Nord France Invest.
GEA's “Home and Personal Care” center of excellence discusses solutions for applications ranging from raw material intake to liquids and powders processing and presenting GEA VARICOVER® for product recovery
GEA is expanding its NOVALOBE pump range with the large-volume GEA Hilge NOVALOBE 60. The robust rotary lobe pump is specifically designed for pumping and dosing highly viscous media, also with large particles. This new development meets the hygiene standards of the EHEDG guidelines for applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries.
During the recent ACHEMA trade show, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany (11–15 June), GEA hosted a joint press conference with other key suppliers to the pharmaceutical sector to highlight a number of industry collaborations that are helping to facilitate the uptake of continuous manufacturing (CM) technology in the drug production sector.
At the end of 2017, GEA was awarded an order by Ciech Soda Deutschland GmbH & Co., one of the leading manufacturers of soda products, for the development and design, delivery and installation of a plant for the production of sodium bicarbonate.
For plant inspections, to provide support during commissioning and in the event of technical problems, GEA has developed GEA Remote Eye Wear. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, it offers customers virtual real-time support by a GEA service technician via remote access. As a result, response times are shortened and travel costs are almost completely avoided.
Market launch at ACHEMA 2018. Under the slogan “Making science work”, for the first time GEA presented the new generation of separators for pharmaceutical applications with the innovative GEA flexChange concept at the international process industry trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from June 11 to June 15 in hall 4, stand F46. The bowls of this separator can be quickly and easily interchanged with the standard-model integrated direct drive, without expensive structural alterations.
Designed for a broad array of applications, our R&D range covers every aspect of oral solid dosage production, from high shear mixers, fluid bed dryers and single pot systems to extruders and spheronizers, blenders and containment solutions, right through to tablet compression.
GEA has developed a steam ejector made of DIABON® graphite especially for highly corrosive applications in the chemical industry. Compared to the porcelain steam jet vacuum pumps frequently used to extract aggressive vapors and gases, the graphite pumps have a higher mechanical resistance and a more precise design.
GEA compressors are a globally established system component for industrial refrigeration and for treating natural gas, biogas and industrial gases in oil & gas, power, chemical and other operations. Based on the principles of efficiency and reliability GEA extended the history of the Grasso LT series by the XG and XH models.
GEA has developed the new NiSoX homogenization valve, which distributes particles in the desired size exceptionally evenly. This especially benefits customers from the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries who rely on the finest nanoemulsions and microemulsions for their products.
Pavan presents his new MULTIDRIVE technology at this year’s Ipack-Ima. The new technology allows manufacturers to make long cut pasta of unrivalled quality at the same time delivering energy savings and a reduced overall footprint.
Pavan presents the new MRD540 high-speed forming machine at Ipack-Ima in Milan. With quick die change capabilities it is suitable for the production of single sheet ravioli, fagottini and cappelletti and both hard and soft fillings. The demonstration configuration for the fair combines a SPW single-sheet kneader-sheeter machine and lobe pump.
Stiavelli showcases its enriched range of highly reliable and durable equipment for the pasta industry including its new SVML/SDFQ packaging machine featuring the SPC20 weigher at Ipack-Ima 2018.
At the Ipack-Ima in Milan, Golfetto Sangati will debut its new GCTL bran shredder. The new machine reduces the granulometry of bran from 700-800 microns to 250 microns in a single process. The result is homogeneous wholegrain flour perfect for the requirements of the food processing industry.
Continuous manufacturing technology from GEA takes center stage at the University of Sheffield’s new chemical engineering teaching plant.
GEA and Perceptive Engineering, Daresbury, UK, have announced a collaboration to promote and deploy cutting-edge multivariate monitoring and Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions for batch and continuous pharmaceutical process units.
The GEA biosolids Decanter pro has been met with a positive response, including in the Far East. To date, more than 30 machines have been supplied to China alone for use in wastewater treatment plants. The IE Expo 2018, held in Shanghai from 3 to 5 May 2018, is Asia’s largest trade fair for environmental technology solutions – and saw considerable interest in this line of decanters. GEA is also presenting the GEA biosolids Decanter pro line at IFAT 2018 in Munich (Germany), the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies.
GEA environmental Decanter prime: Tailored, efficient wastewater treatment that generates resources for municipalities, industry and agriculture. GEA varipond® – a success story: Fully automatic control system to simplify and optimize sludge treatment
Recently, GEA sold its 500th dairy separator with integrated direct drive to a dairy processing plant in North America. The customer is one of the largest dairy processing companies in the world turning milk into a wide range of dairy products, including yogurt, cheese, butter and cream.
Thanks to robust growth in small and mid-sized orders, GEA’s order intake in the first quarter of 2018 almost matched the level of the previous year.
After GEA completed the production tests for spirits manufacturer Mast-Jägermeister SE at its new “South Production” plant in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, the production plant went into commercial operation in April 2018.
GEA Environmental Decanter: Efficient waste water treatment that generates resources for communities, industry and agriculture
When the US Brewers’ Association hosts the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America (CBC) in Nashville, Tennessee, GEA will also present its brewing and bottling solutions (April 30 through May 3, 2018, stand 552).
Yesterday, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft and Dr. Helmut Schmale (61), Chief Financial Officer of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, have mutually agreed that Helmut Schmale will step down from the Executive Board prior to the termination of his appointment due to expire at the end of March 2021.
Today, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft and Dr. Helmut Schmale (61), Chief Financial Officer of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, have mutually agreed that Helmut Schmale will step down from the Executive Board prior to the termination of his appointment due to expire at the end of March 2021.
To complement automated production plants, for example, in the food, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, GEA has developed the magnetic inductive flow meter CMAG™.
For the first quarter of 2018, GEA anticipates the following preliminary results: Operating EBITDA* is expected to amount to approximately EUR 65 million (previous year EUR 96 million).
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has announced preliminary first quarter 2018 results while simultaneously confirming its business outlook for the year 2018.
In order to benefit even more customers, the GEA experts have developed retrofit versions of the innovative IO 4’’ control panel as well as the proven TP700 control panel.
GEA launched its new RAY™ PP (Pilot Plant) batch freeze dryers during Anuga FoodTec in Cologne. The RAY™ PP machines are designed for small-scale and R&D drying of general food products such as instant coffee, fruit, vegetables, herbs, meat, seafood and pet food, as well as very sensitive products such as lactic acid bacteria, enzymes and lactoferrin.
Thanks to their many years of experience in the field of flow metering technology, the experts at GEA have succeeded with the IZMAG™ flow meter for metering with the highest precision. The proven IZMAG™ provides accurate and reliable measurement data such as needed in sensitive manufacturing processes in the food and beverage, pharma and biotech industries.
Biofilm is one of the most persistent sources of contamination for the dairy, food and beverage industry resulting in production downtime and contaminated products. In order to detect and prevent the growth of biofilm, GEA has in collaboration with its technical partner Realco developed the SAFEXPERT® program.
GEA has redesigned its market leading BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer to meet customer demand for the highest possible levels of efficiency, flexibility and hygiene and presents it at ANUGA FoodTec in Cologne from 20-23 March, 2018. While redesigning the mixer, GEA has been able to reduce its footprint by at least 25 percent compared with previous models.
GEA will present its first high-pressure pump for membrane filtrations such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration in dairies at Anuga FoodTec 2018. The GEA Hilge HYGIA H is a systematic further development of the GEA pump portfolio, and expands the range of products for the dairy industry.
GEA’s latest development in continuous stretching machines is the ideal solution for producers of pasta filata cheese that require the highest flexibility in the production process, and an excellent yield, while keeping maintenance costs at a modest level.
The technology group GEA now offers its spiral freezer series S-Tec for the food industry with the unique control technology CALLIFREEZE®. The new system ensures that all products are frozen precisely to the users’ requirements. CALLIFREEZE® takes its name from its ability to calibrate the freezer having controlled the level of frozenness of the products. This reduces power consumption, improves efficiency and helps manufacturers produce the finest quality frozen food.
GEA has launched its new MaxiFormer rotary drum former for the high-volume production of formed chicken, pork and meat replacement products. This new technology offers very high production capacity, better consistency, improved filling accuracy, less product waste and significantly lower operating costs when compared with alternative forming systems. The GEA MaxiFormer is available in 1000 mm and 600 mm width.
Today, the long-standing CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, Jürg Oleas (60), has informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Helmut Perlet, that he is not seeking to extend his term of office beyond December 31, 2019. Furthermore, Jürg Oleas also suggested to leave from the Executive Board at the Annual General Meeting in April 2019 in order to allow a swift change in leadership.
Today, the long-standing CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, Jürg Oleas (60), has informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Helmut Perlet, that he is not seeking to extend his term of office beyond December 31, 2019. Furthermore, Jürg Oleas also suggested to leave the Executive Board at the Annual General Meeting in April 2019 in order to allow a swift change in leadership.
Only a few months after acquiring the Italian Pavan Group, the technology group GEA will integrate the company into their booth at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne. GEA invites food industry representatives to visit hall 10.2 at booth A-090-C-119 to learn more about the future of food processing through innovative equipment and integrated solutions.
On the occasion of today’s Capital Markets Day held in London, GEA, the Düsseldorf-based technology group, presents its strategic orientation and mid-term prospects for growth.
Düsseldorf-based technology group GEA has published figures for the 2017 financial year together with a business outlook for 2018. The group’s order intake for the whole of 2017 amounted to EUR 4,751 million, which is 1.7 percent above the previous year’s level and sets a new record for GEA.
At yesterday’s ordinary meeting, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft extended the terms of office of Steffen Bersch (48) and Niels Erik Olsen (51) as members of the company’s Executive Board, scheduled to end on December 31, 2018, by a further three years until December 31, 2021.
The Dairy Technology Award, presented by the trade magazines molkerei-industrie and International Dairy Magazine (both part of B&L MedienGesellschaft) and the Association of Ahlem Engineers, once again goes to GEA in 2018.
GEA has recently secured a contract with ABC Group in Indonesia to supply the company with a highly efficient 2 x 24 herringbone milking parlor for the company’s dairy herd. It is GEA’s first reference site for this type of equipment in the country.
The Indonesian ABC Group chooses a range of new equipment from GEA.
PMO approves electronic low-emission flip-flop function for GEA double-seat valves used in dairy processing
GEA has successfully issued a borrower’s loan note in the amount of EUR 250 million. Realigning its funding structure, the Düsseldorf based technology group offers four tranches with maturities of five and seven years, each subdivided into a fixed rate and a variable rate portion.
The technology group GEA will exhibit its wide range of high-tech equipment and possibilities for customized solutions in the area food and drink processing and packaging at Foodex 2018 in Birmingham from April 16-18.
At the end of 2017, GEA received yet another order from MSP Engineering Pty Ltd to equip a new, ultra-modern facility for the production and processing of lithium. GEA was awarded an order of a similar size only around a year ago.
GEA has announced the North American launch of its STR Series Manure Semi-Tanker, the latest addition to the GEA range of manure management equipment. The STR Semi-Tanker is designed to make manure transportation quicker and easier by enabling a semi-truck to haul the manure tanker both on the roadway and, if appropriate, directly on the field for spreading.
GEA was awarded by Shenzen BTR New Energy Materials during their Annual Supplier Commendatory Meeting 2017 with the “Award for Excellent Supplier”. BTR is a global leading lithium battery anode and cathode material solution provider, and the largest lithium battery cathode material supplier in the world.
End of last year the pig slaughter and processing entity Agroeco-Yug signed a contract with the technology group GEA for the supply, installation and commissioning of an extensively cooling system.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft completed its share buyback program in the amount of up to EUR 450 million within the envisaged timeframe. Between March 8, 2017, and February 6, 2018, a total of 12,003,304 shares were repurchased on the stock market.
The FDA has purchased a GEA ConsiGma™ 1 OSD development unit, which is housed in the CDER/OPQ (Office of Pharmaceutical Quality).
The technology group GEA has specified its process solution for flavor manufacturing and developed a new machine design as well as control and cleaning elements for the production facilities from the handling of raw materials right through to final packaging. With this, GEA helps flavor manufacturers to ensure the taste, consistency and repeatability of their products.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has released preliminary figures for fiscal year 2017 as well as an initial indication for 2018. Fiscal year 2018 is anticipated to be challenging, in particular due to the sustained weakness of dairy processing, an important customer industry, as well as the strength of the euro. GEA has already launched important strategic initiatives.
GEA projects the following preliminary figures for the 2017 fiscal year (excluding effects from acquisitions made in 2017): At approximately EUR 4,750 million (previous year EUR 4,674 million), order intake is moderately above the prior-year level. Revenue is up by almost 2 percent to approximately EUR 4,580 million (previous year EUR 4,492 million).
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GEA strengthens its market position as a total solutions provider in the beverage processing industry with finalizing the acquisition of the Slovenian machine manufacturer VIPOLL d.o.o. in January 2018.
With the concluded acquisition of the Italian Pavan Group end of November 2017 the Düsseldorf engineering group GEA purchased a leading supplier of extrusion and milling technology for processing all kinds of fresh and dried pasta, pelleted snack products and breakfast cereals.
GEA completed the acquisition of Vipoll, headquartered in Križevci pri Ljutomeru, Slovenia, which was signed in November 2017. With the acquisition, GEA has added to its group a manufacturer of filling technologies for soft drinks, beer and fresh milk products into glass bottles and cans, as well as pet bottles.