GEA signs with Laiterie de Montaigu

March 11, 2013 by Marion GUILLOT

Article published in RLF on February 14th, 2013
Written by H.L Meyer &Translation by LISA INFANT MILK



At GEA, projects are coming from everywhere. The international specialist of powder processes adds a new order to its order book, almost full the two coming years.

This time GEA is signing a contract with Laiterie de Montaigu. Using Niro's, its subsidiary, know-how, the equipment supplier will provide the French specialist of infant milk and nutritional products, a complete spray drying tower able to produce 17,000 tonnes per year. It will be delivered in 2014. With this future plant representing a 30 million € investment, Laiterie de Montaigu wants to assert its international reputation and develop its exportations.



The market has never been so strong in Asia and milk quotas are meant to disappear in 2015: the new projects are flourishing in the dairy industry, and not only in Europe. Indeed, industrials from New Zealand are also developing their production capacities, sometimes at a huge scale. Thus, Fonterra has ordered a first dryer able to produce 15 tonnes per hour and a second dryer able to produce 30 tonnes per hour. Both will be integrated in a plant located in the region of Darfield which will transform 4.4 million liters of milk per day, i.e the daily production of 260,000 cows. GEA will supply the entire plant, from the reception of the milk to the packing. Representing a 70 million € investment, the plant is expected to be ready in August 2013. It will be the 7th greenfield plant ordered by Fonterra to GEA in five years.