GEA will build Fonterra’s next large milk powder plant in Lichfield, New Zealand. With an output capacity of 30 tonnes per hour, this plant will match the size of the world’s biggest existing dairy plant which GEA built for Fonterra at Darfield, New Zealand in 2013. GEA’s scope of supply has a value of around EUR 90 m.
Less than a year after commissioning the world’s largest dairy powder plant, dairy giant Fonterra again announced ambitious investment plans to meet continued growth of dairy consumption in China and other export destinations. Among these, GEA was mandated to build a large dairy powder plant at Lichfield, in the heart of New Zealands dairy land.
“We are honored that Fonterra again chose us as their process technology provider,” said Juerg Oleas, CEO of GEA Group. “When you face a technical challenge of this magnitude, experience of course helps. We have proven before that we can do this successfully. It is inspiring for us to partner with industry leaders such as Fonterra whose ambitious visions help set new technical standards.”
Upon completion, the Lichfield plant shall process 4.4 million litres of raw milk into 700 tonnes of milk powder per day, entirely intended for export into the fast growing markets in China, South East Asia and the Middle East. Demand for milk powder has been rising in these markets for some time and is expected to continue to grow there.
The New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra is a worldwide leader in processing milk into powder, producing more than two million tons annually of value added and specialty dairy ingredients, as well as own consumer dairy products. The company holds about 40% market share of all internationally traded milk powder. At present, the company processes more than 90% of all milk produced in New Zealand.