Düsseldorf (Germany), July 18, 2017 – GEA in India has been contracted by Hatsun Agro Product Limited (HAP) to install an automated dairy plant on turnkey basis at Dharapuram near Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. This greenfield dairy project is designed to handle 650,000 liters of milk per day, to produce 300,000 liters per day of milk in pouches and 150,000 liters per day of curd. The plant is expected to be fully operational by early 2018.
HAP is one of the leading private sector companies in the dairy business in South India. It manufactures and markets dairy and ice cream products under various brands including ‘Hatsun’, ‘Ibaco’, ‘Arun’ and ‘Arokya’. HAP believes that the dairy industry in India is ready to embrace new technologies & higher hygienic standards and chose GEA as its engineering partner because of its turnkey approach, its innovative technology and its experience of working with GEA in the past.
“So far, GEA has been supplying components to HAP and it is a great pleasure to be able to be a partner for HAP for their turnkey project,” said Abhay Chaudhari, GEA Country Managing Director, India Cluster. “They are obviously happy with the quality and the service they have received from GEA in the past, as they have shown confidence in us once again, and with a larger scope. HAP is a progressive dairy products company and likes to be ahead of the curve in terms of automation, quality and hygiene standards.”
Apart from specialized equipment from GEA such as separators, homogenizer and flow components, a new and interesting feature of GEA’s offering is the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant for the concentration of skim milk. RO, being a cold process, ensures natural freshness of milk and curd. GEA has successful references worldwide for milk concentration with RO. The plant is fully automated for the processing and packaging of liquid milk and curd. Management Information System (MIS) reports can be generated to capture data regarding process parameters, production and packaging making it highly responsive and efficient.