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GEA invests EUR 50 million in German centrifuge production sites

12 May 2023

GEA will invest around EUR 50 million in the modernization of its German centrifuge production facilities in Oelde (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Niederahr (Rhineland-Palatinate) by the end of 2024. The engineering group made the announcement at a press conference marking the 130th anniversary of GEA separation technology at its Oelde site. By investing in sustainable production, digitalization and automation, GEA is targeting further growth in its key markets, which include the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

Image 2: At the Oelde facility, large-scale photovoltaic systems will cover about one-tenth of the site’s electricity requirements. (Image: GEA)

At the Oelde facility, large-scale photovoltaic systems will cover about one-tenth of the site’s electricity requirements. (Image: GEA)

GEA centrifuges are used in more than 3,500 different processes in a wide range of industries. Growth drivers include applications for alternative protein production and global demand for dairy products. The investment package for the centrifuge plants is based on four pillars: sustainability, digitalization, automation and modern manufacturing technologies.

"This year, we look back with pride at 130 successful years in separation technology. With the investments announced today, we are future-proofing our sites by producing in an even more climate-friendly, efficient and modern way. As a result, we strengthen the competitiveness of both of these German sites," explains GEA CEO Stefan Klebert. "We owe our success story to our committed employees, who work tirelessly and with a high level of engineering skill every day to ensure that we fulfill our purpose of “Engineering for a better world.”

Climate-friendly production through the use of renewable energy

Climate-friendly production through the use of renewable energy Already today all GEA production sites are powered by green electricity. In the long term the electricity supply for GEA’s sites will come from local renewable energy sources. At the Oelde facility, several large-scale photovoltaic systems will cover about one-tenth of the site’s electricity requirements, including the provision of electromobility. An in-house combined heat and power plant already generates around 30 percent of the electricity required. Since waste heat is also used, 94 percent of the primary energy utilized is recycled. Process heat generation, which is important for production, will also be converted to alternatives such as electric steam generation, which will enable the Oelde and Niederahr sites to operate without gas in the near future.

Image 1: Stefan Klebert, GEA Group CEO (left), and Klaus Stojentin, CEO Division Separation & Flow Technologies (right), spoke about the important role of 130 years of GEA separation technology. (Image: GEA)

Stefan Klebert, GEA Group CEO (left), and Klaus Stojentin, CEO Division Separation & Flow Technologies (right), spoke about the important role of 130 years of GEA separation technology. (Image: GEA)

130 years of GEA Separation: Success thanks to commitment and engineering skills

"I am pleased that the planned investments will make the world's largest GEA site in Oelde strong for the upcoming decades," says Klaus Stojentin, CEO of GEA's Separation and Flow Technologies Division. "Due to our tradition, expertise and pioneering spirit, GEA is one of the global technology leaders in centrifuge production. We are proud to be able to expand our production facilities to better support our customers with first-class products for their manufacturing processes."

About GEA Separation

What began in 1893 at GEA's Oelde site with the construction of the first manually operated centrifuge for separating milk and cream, is now an indispensable part of modern industry. Whether food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, chemical and marine technology or clean water: anywhere liquids have to be processed, a separator or a decanter is the heart of the production plant. Today, Oelde is GEA’s world’s largest production site with a total of 1,900 employees.

In Niederahr, GEA produces decanter centrifuges mainly used in the food, chemical and environmental technology sectors. The Niederahr site is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Globally, GEA operates two additional centrifuge plants: one in Bengaluru, India, and the other in Tianjin, China.

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About GEA

GEA es uno de los mayores proveedores para la industria alimentaria y para muchos otros sectores de la industria. En 2019 generó unos ingresos consolidados de 4.900 millones de euros aproximadamente.

El grupo tecnológico internacional se especializa en maquinaria y plantas, además de tecnologías de procesos y componentes. GEA proporciona soluciones de energía sostenibles para procesos de producción sofisticados en distintos mercados de consumo, además de ofrecer una amplia gama de servicios. El grupo genera aproximadamente un 70 por ciento de sus ingresos del sector de alimentos y bebidas, un sector que disfruta de un crecimiento sostenible a largo plazo. A 31 de diciembre de 2018, la compañía contaba con unos 18.500 empleados en todo el mundo. GEA lidera el mercado y la tecnología en sus áreas de negocio. La compañía cotiza en el índice bursátil alemán MDAX (G1A, WKN 660 200), en el índice STOXX® Europe 600, y en los índices MSCI globales de sostenibilidad.
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