GEA has successfully concluded the sale of compressor manufacturer Bock, formerly assigned to its Refrigeration Technologies division, to NORD Holding, as was contractually agreed in September 2020. Closing took place on today’s date. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.
The new patented No Intervention Fines Return System (FRS) from GEA allows dairy and food powder producers to automate the cleaning-in-place (CIP) processes of their spray dryer fines return system, leading to reduced down time, improved working conditions and guaranteeing product safety.
The DLG (German Agricultural Society) and its trade partners honored GEA at its digital award ceremony on February 23 with the International FoodTec Award in silver for its new “IDEAL Whey Separation” concept.
In 2019, a producer in Ukraine specializing in edible oil refining selected GEA to expand and optimize its existing production facility. Already a GEA customer, Oliyar, had ambitious goals: to improve oil quality, increase machine availability and process productivity, and reduce fixed costs while keeping their up-front investment low.
Honeywell UOP selected GEA Refrigeration Technologies’ oil & gas team to supply engineered compression packages for a tail gas application at a refinery in Azerbaijan. Utilizing GEA's most powerful screw compressor, the GEA model XH, the systems are designed for a modernization program at the refinery.
Process engineering group GEA and Israeli foodtech start-up Better Juice have joined forces to help beverage manufacturers produce healthier, lower-sugar fruit juice.
Due to a growing number of rules and regulations and its own climate targets, there is an absolute need for the industry to reduce its carbon footprint and become more energy efficient overall. With cooling and heating traditionally accounting for anywhere between 50 and 90 percent of a plant’s entire energy consumption, it’s the ideal starting point for GEA’s SEnS initiative.
At its meeting yesterday, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft extended the contract of CEO Stefan Klebert (55) by five years until December 31, 2026.
GEA has recently been awarded an exclusive patent for its GEA Clean Purge system for food and dairy spray dryers.
GEA has received two orders for gas cleaning systems from the oil and energy group Compañía Española de Petróleos SA (CEPSA, Madrid, Spain) for their refineries in La Rabida and San Roque.
For Carlow Brewing Company, GEA VIPOLL will install Ireland's first Visitron ALL-IN-ONE line. Looking for a multifunctional filling system, the craft brewer chose GEA's combined rinser-filler-seamer block, which offers brewers maximum production flexibility and reliability.
Kai Becker takes over as CEO of GEA’s Refrigeration Technologies Division as of February 1, 2021.
With its high-performance slicers that can be integrated into fully automated slicing and packaging lines, GEA is setting benchmarks for the global food processing industry. GEA engineers have now developed a special saw-tooth edge for involute blades that guarantees high-quality slicing without the need to first crust freeze products, such as cooked sausage and ham.
At the end of 2020, GEA signed a contract to supply olive oil extraction lines for the new Olibest oil mill in the Alentejo region of Portugal, in the district of Serpa. The order, worth more than EUR 4 million, is the largest in the history of GEA's Center of Excellence for Olive Oil, further strengthening GEA’s reputation as one of the leading suppliers for olive oil production, and is an important milestone for the sector.
The GEA PowerPak PLUS thermoforming packaging machine lends itself to a range of different packaging solutions, including handling protection, vacuum, MAP and shrink packaging. GEA has recently added a new dimension of versatility to the PowerPak PLUS by making it possible to use a more sustainable paper-based packaging alternative with this technology.
On December 31, 2020, GEA has closed the sale of Japy Tech SAS (formerly GEA Farm Technologies Japy SAS) and Royal De Boer Stalinrichtingen B.V. to Mutares SE & Co. KGaA that was contractually agreed in November 2020.
Another award for the serial winner in this competition, the machinery and equipment manufacturer and technology leader GEA: The British Refrigeration & Air Conditioning magazine (RAC) has now honored GEA with the RAC Cooling Industry Awards in the category "Contractor of the Year 2020".
The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft set the course for an orderly membership transition in the Supervisory Board. Klaus Helmrich (62), currently a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries until September 30, 2020, is to succeed Dr. Helmut Perlet as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The corresponding resolution recommending the election of the candidate at the Annual General Meeting on April 30, 2021 was passed by the Supervisory Board at its meeting today.
Lactoferrin is an important functional ingredient for supporting health and nutrition worldwide. With technology from GEA, industry can extract and turn several milk fractions into high value products that boost the nutritional value of many different foods and supplements.
The water consumption of dairies, breweries or in the production of cosmetic products is continuously under scrutiny. A traditional process, the so-called pigging of product-carrying pipelines, makes it possible to save water in the long term during pipe cleaning and to minimize product losses in liquid processes.
CDP assessed GEA’s efforts in the “water” category for the first time, awarding it an excellent “A” score; GEA also maintained last year’s “A-” rating in the climate benchmark.
Milk producers benefit from a global service support network and digital platform for herd and farm management.
The idea is as ingenious as it is unique and has the potential to become a global role model: the Bunhill Heat and Power Network project in central London. By using waste heat from the London Underground network, 1,350 homes, a school and two leisure centers in Islington are now heated and supplied with hot water as part of the council’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve CO₂ neutrality by 2030.
In order to be able to produce a vaccine against the corona virus Sars-CoV-2 in large quantities, quickly and safely, GEA is supplying further separator systems to the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Beijing Sinovac Life Sciences.
Asia’s largest milk powder plant AmulFed focuses on sustainability with efficient GEA technologies
GEA helps Janssen Belgium to redefine the future pharmaceutical supply chain with ConsiGma® 4.0 continuous manufacturing solutions
Swedish whisky producer Agitator Whiskymakare AB chose key GEA technologies for its new mash house, namely the GEA MILLSTAR® and GEA LAUTERSTAR®. These machines increase the yield from the raw material and shortens the brewing cycle. A decisive factor in the selection process was GEA’s global brewery experience.
GEA automates the functionality of its separators for marine applications with a new Upgrade Kit. For GEA customers this means cost savings, safe operation and an improved CO₂ balance for their plants.
The largest milking carousel in China is also the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. GEA installed its most powerful milking carousel from the DairyRotor series for Lvyuan Animal Husbandry, China's leading producer of raw milk.
More and more customers worldwide, and for some years now especially in China, are opting for GEA's technological solutions in the production of polycarbonates. GEA is thus further expanding its good market position in the production of polycarbonates.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and all related obstacles GEA could sign another contract for the engineering and supply of an electrostatic tar precipitator with a long-term customer.
In a difficult economic environment in which the COVID-19 pandemic continued to weigh on GEA’s order intake and revenue, the positive effects of the measures introduced last year to improve efficiency are becoming increasingly noticeable. In the third quarter of 2020, for example, the Group further increased EBITDA before restructuring measures, improved free cash flow, continued to reduce net working capital and converted the net debt at the prior-year reporting date into net liquidity.
In line with its stated strategic portfolio optimization, GEA is divesting two companies that until now have been part of the Group’s Farm Technologies division.
Dr. Mark Schneeberger has been appointed Head of Application Development Beverages & Beer at GEA in Kitzingen as of October 1, 2020, succeeding Dr. Rudolf Michel, who retires at the end of March 2021.
The GEA pectinMaster decanter line is available in several sizes, ranging from CF 1000 to CF 8000 (ATEX and non-ATEX) and can be adapted to accommodate specific production capacities.
With a new series of washing machines for the shaping tools of the extrusion machines, GEA is meeting the global demand for more efficiency and sustainability.
GEA increase the maximum top speeds for several of its reciprocating and screw compressors.
GEA has launched an innovation that combines the successful GEA Blu chillers and GEA Red heat pumps in a single product.
The GEA BluQ chiller with GEA CompaX, one of the world’s first semi-hermetic compact screw compressor for ammonia, has proved to be a great success in field tests at Wolf Butterback KG.
Two years after introducing the Red series heat pumps GEA RedAstrum and GEA RedGenium, GEA has launched new versions which considerably improve their application range.
GEA has launched the latest version of its Purger for refrigeration plants that uses the environmentally-friendly natural refrigerant R290 (propane).
GEA has launched a screw compressor package series specifically designed for high-pressure applications.
GEA has launched an addition to its range of ball valves by adding the KVplus and KVplus cryo series of top-entry ball valves designed specifically to operate with pressures of up to 100 bar.
GEA AWP's ValveCalc software is a key tool for fast and accurate design and selection of components in the planning phase of projects. GEA AWP will soon launch ValveCalc 7.0 which enables the selection and sizing of AWP refrigerant valves for refrigeration plants.
The new GEA ScreenFilter passively filters brine using gravitation force and avoids protein activation which can clog injection needles. It is ideal for lighter brines which enhance flavor and extend the shelf life of high-quality food products such as ham, poultry and bacon.
Brazilian dairy farm “Fazenda Trevisan” produces and processes their own milk directly for the region; this end-to-end solution is possible thanks to sustainable GEA technology.
GEA has signed a contract for the supply of a new, environmentally friendly cooling system with one of the leading British ice cream producers, the Scottish premium ice cream manufacturer Mackie's.
GEA will launch in November its new vertical SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip for pre-packaged food products for retail and food service. It combines fast, high-quality operation with maximum flexibility and uptime.
GEA is one of the exclusive partners for this year's Chillventa eSpecia (October 13 to 15, 2020). Chillventa will be completely digital due to the Corona pandemic. The global refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation technology and heat pump community thus again demonstrated commitment and innovative spirit - even in difficult times.
GEA has recently opened the doors to its new GEA Pet Food Experience Center (PEX) in Galliera Veneta, Italy.
A comprehensive suite of digitally enhanced Remote Service options heralds a new era of communication, interactive dialogue and immersive virtual reality experiences for GEA pharmaceutical clients.
In light of the ongoing difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of GEA Group AG have resolved that the Annual General Meeting for the 2019 fiscal year will be held as a virtual event. The AGM, which has been postponed from April 30 to November 26, 2020, will consequently take place without the physical presence of shareholders or their proxies.
As part of its continued focus on strategic core markets – the food, beverages and pharmaceutical industries – Düsseldorf-based technology group GEA is selling the compressor manufacturer Bock, which is in GEA’s Refrigeration Technologies division, to NORD Holding. The purchase agreement was signed yesterday. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction. The transaction remains subject to regulatory clearance. Closing of the transaction is expected in early 2021.
Field tests demonstrate precision and reliability of GEA DairyMilk M6850 Cell Count Sensor
Air flow simulation reveals important findings for safe reopening of GEA cafeterias
Jill Meiburg (48) will become Head of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand at GEA Group AG on November 1, 2020. In this position, she will report to Stefan Klebert, CEO GEA Group, succeeding Nicole Pichin, who left the company at the end of July 2020.
The Düsseldorf Local Court has appointed Professor Annette G. Köhler (53) to the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft effective October 1, 2020. The recognized expert in German and international accounting has been teaching accounting, auditing and controlling at the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2005. She will succeed Hartmut Eberlein (68), who is resigning from his position effective September 30, 2020. It is planned that Professor Köhler will stand for election at the Annual General Meeting on November 26, 2020.
With the delivery of a state-of-the-art and individually adapted wet scrubber plant, GEA supports its customer Licharz, a specialized manufacturer of semi-finished engineering plastics, in its goal to reduce environmental impact.
GEA has made a series of important changes to its trusted SANICIP® bag filtration system for food- & dairy spray dryers in a long-term development project that will provide valuable operational benefits to users of the new equipment.
The new school year has kicked off in most of Germany, and with it, new hygiene requirements. In most of Germany’s federal states every elementary school child is required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while they are in school or on school premises.
GEA has supplied integrated cooling and heating systems for the new site of the poultry processing company 2 Sisters Storteboom B.V. in Komorniki, Poland.
GEA Group AG decided on strategic guidelines and significant investments to further optimize its production network. In this context, production at the Bodenheim site near Mainz will be discontinued by the end of 2024. The plant in Koszalin, Poland, will be expanded into a Center of Competence for pump production and comprehensive machining. GEA will invest around EUR 30 million in this expansion. Investments and a further consolidation of production and process activities are planned at other locations, too. The aim is to further strengthen GEA’s global production network in order to increase productivity and reduce its cost base.
With BiSeptDip Barrier, GEA is now expanding its portfolio of teat dips containing chlorine dioxide with a barrier product in the premium range, which offers excellent protection with outstanding care properties.
With LeakCheck, GEA is launching a new in-line measurement system capable of checking seal and package integrity on all forms of modified atmosphere packs (MAP) contactless. This guarantees the protective function and the quality of the food packaging for goods in perfect condition.
"PROTINUS" (lat. forward, further") is the name of the project with which the biopharmaceutical company CSL Behring will significantly increase the production capacity of immunoglobulin at its site. GEA received the order for the process plant, the heart of the facility.
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.
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.
Düsseldorf, May 14, 2020 – GEA and SAP today announced a strategic partnership which will drive forward GEA’s digital transformation and fast-track the development of SAP’s product portfolio for leading engineering, technology and industrial companies. The two companies have a longstanding history of fruitful collaboration. The strategic partnership will elevate this relationship to a new level and realize mutual benefits for both companies.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.