Largest fermentation plant for cultures

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January 03 2018 07:41
Largest fermentation plant for cultures

A successful collaboration between GEA and bioscience company Chr. Hansen was completed with the inauguration of the world’s largest fermentation plant for bacterial cultures at the customer’s site in Copenhagen (Denmark).

The production site now comprises with the latest AIR17 fermentation project four production lines; two lines with 45 cubic meter fermentors each and two lines with 100 cubic meter fermentors each, which makes it the largest production site of its kind worldwide.  GEA delivered one of these big fermentation lines to the customer’s production facility – with installation taking place while existing production lines were running.
According to Torsten Steenholt, EVP Global Operations at Chr. Hansen, two criteria for success were crucial to Chr. Hansen when choosing their supplier and partner on this project; the ability to meet a very high level of hygienic requirements and providing an effective and high level of automation during production.
Ulrik Lund Jakobsen, Head of GEA Application Center Food, points out that the recently completed AIR 17 project, which was launched in September 2015 is part of a ten-year master plan and has involved an ongoing expansion of Chr. Hansen’s fermentation plant. GEA has been integrated in this project from the very beginning – starting with AIR 7, which was also a great success.

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