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FT-feb2017 digi-1 21 A contract to construct a nutritional powders plant in McNab near Gore for Mataura Valley Milk Ltd has been won by GEA, with the value of the project in the mid double-digit million Euros. Specialists in dairy processing Our years of experience and comprehensive know-how is leading the way in processing one of the world’s most important and versatile foods. We design, engineer and supply complete plants, processing lines and equipment for treating raw milk and also for manufacturing, filling and packaging milk and milk-based products - from butter, ice cream, yogurt and cheese, to infant formula, milk powder and whey and its derivatives. FT247 GEA WINS NUTRITIONAL POWDERS PLANT PROJECT The plant, which will process fresh milk and ingredients into added value nutritional powders as well as standard skimmilk and wholemilk powders, will be ready for the 2018 season and will produce around 140 tonnes of nutritional powder per day. Included in the GEA scope is a milk reception and standardisation plant, powdered and liquid ingredients handling, batch formulation, evaporation and drying, powder handling and filling into 25kg bags. It will also feature a high degree of process automation and product traceability. Energy efficiency and environmental impact have also been a key focus in the plant design. Mataura Valley Milk, majority-owned by Chinese Animal Husbandry Group (CAHG), will send around half of the premium nutritional powder produced by the new plant to China, where the company expects steady growth in demand for this product. “This contract serves as further proof of our technological leadership and strong market position in the field of dairy processing,” GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft chief executive Jürg Oleas says. “It also demonstrates the continuing investment appetite of our customers as they attempt to satisfy the growing consumer demand on the Chinese market for milkbased infant formula and other high-quality milk products – and that in an environment impacted by regulatory changes. Although the challenging economic conditions mean that GEA’s order intake in the fourth quarter of 2016 will not repeat the record level achieved in the same quarter of the previous year, we are confident that customers throughout the world will continue to invest in our process technologies and place major orders for all product areas and applications.” Dairy Special

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