The Process Engineering Segment at a glance
GEA Process Engineering is a business segment in the German based GEA Group. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the business of GEA Process Engineering is represented in 50 countries across the world. GEA Process Engineering specializes in the design and development of process solutions for the dairy, brewery, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.
GEA Process Engineering is widely recognized as the market leader in the following technologies:
Former (before Dec. 31, 2009) GEA Divisions:
The Process Engineering Segment (P-Segment) is one of the 8 Divisions of the GEA Group.
The P-Segment is recognised as the world leader within industrial drying, with spray and fluid bed processing as its core technologies. As every successful drying operation requires a full understanding of the upstream and downstream processes, whether in the chemical, dairy, food, pharmaceutical or any other industry, the technology base also covers the liquid pre-treatment and powder processing associated with drying.
Particulates and Solids Processing
The two main companies of the P-Segment are Niro A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark, and GEA Process Engineering Inc. in the US, with GEA Process Engineering Inc. being responsible for the North American markets. GEA Pharma Systems is a group of P-Segment companies specializing in the design and supply of equipment, systems and solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. GEA Pharma Systems is headquartered in Southampton, UK.
The Process Engineering Segment is an international organization of 55 companies and offices with a total of 2300 employees.
Description of Major companies in the P-Segment
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Niro A/S specializes in the design and supply of spray dryers, fluid bed dryers, freeze dryers, extractors, heating and cooling plants for processing liquid, particulate and solid materials. Niro also has special activities within environmental engineering, where Niro's core technology is used in air pollution control and waste management.
Niro A/S operates through these four divisions:
GEA Process Engineering Inc.
GEA Process Engineering Inc. is responsible for the markets in the USA, Canada and Mexico. The company is a full-service company offering engineering, systems, and solutions for powder and liquid processing. Established in 1974, the company is known for innovative processing equipment for drying, granulation, agglomeration, evaporation, filtration, homogenization, packaging, powder handling, tableting, mixing, and containment.
GEA Niro offers products and services through seven major groups:
GEA Pharma Systems is a world leader in providing advanced processing solutions for solid dosage forms to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Based on a dedication to research and durable quality, GEA Pharma Systems offers a wide range of solutions, from individual pieces of equipment to complete integrated plants, by uniting the state-of-the-art technologies of Aeromatic, Buck, Collette, Courtoy, Fielder, Lyophil, Nica, and Niro.
Niro A/S Pharma Division
Niro was founded in 1933 and is today the largest supplier of spray and fluid bed dryers. Over the years, know how for many different products have been established which has enabled the company to develop a range of spray dryers with predefined physical characteristics. With the increasing interest of the pharmaceutical industry a specialized Pharmaceutical Division was formed in 1999. Within GEA Pharma Systems Group the company is today the center of excellence for all cGMP spray drying applications.
Courtoy was founded in 1912 as a machine shop, and quickly became a specialist in the production of process equipment for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1928 the first rotary tablet press was introduced. The company has been always in the forefront of development and introduced over the years a lot of important new features like special pre-compression system, full computer control without any hand wheels and a removable turret concept.
In 1999 Courtoy was taken over by GEA AG and integrated into GEA Pharma Systems.
Within GEA Pharma Systems the company is today dedicated to tablet pressing business offering standard machines but also tailor made solutions for special applications.
Collette was founded in 1892 for the production of mixers and kneaders mainly for the food industry. Since the 1950s the company has supplied equipment to the pharmaceutical industry, which after the introduction of the Gral High Shear Mixer in 1975 became the main customer.
The company has been always in the forefront of development and introduced over the years many important new improvements like the one pot in the TOPO design in 1980, the Vactron introducing microwave drying in 1990, and latest the Ultima range in 1999.
In 1999 Collette was taken over by GEA AG and integrated into GEA Pharma Systems.
Within GEA Pharma Systems the company is today the centre of excellence for all single pot applications.
Buck® Systems Ltd.
Buck® Systems was founded 1991 in Birmingham, UK to supply high quality materials handling systems to the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets. The product range comprises intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and associated handling systems. This covers filling and discharge stations - including the patented high containment Buck® Valve Docking System and Vibroflow® discharger, dispensaries, tumble blenders, post hoists and wash stations.
In 1999 Buck® was taken over by GEA AG and integrated into GEA Pharma Systems.
Within GEA Pharma Systems, Buck's IBC systems provide an essential interface between other pharmaceutical equipment, including granulators from Aeromatic-Fielder and Collette, fluid bed dryers from Aeromatic-Fielder and tablet presses from Courtoy.
Telephone: +44 121 765 5800
GEA Buck® Valve GmbH
The company - being originally a division of Buck® Werke GmbH in Müllheim / Germany - was established for the development and production of high containment valves.
In 1998 the company became independent and part of the GEI-group. In 1999 Buck® was taken over by the GEA AG and was integrated into GEA Pharma Systems.
The company is today specialised in containment systems, split valve technology and engineering for the pharmaceutical industry. Buck® operates out of Müllheim in the south-western part of Germany.
Telephone: +49 7631 7016-27
Aeromatic Fielder Ltd.
The company was founded 1968 as TK Fielder Ltd. in Southampton/UK for the production mixers and granulators.
The company has always been in the forefront of development; for example the introduction of the first Microwave vacuum dryer for pharmaceutical applications and the first single pot in 1987.
In 1991 the company joined the Niro Group and became Niro-Fielder Ltd.
Following consolidation with Niro-Aeromatic AG in 1995 the name changed to Aeromatic-Fielder Ltd.
Within GEA Pharma Systems the company is today one of the two centres for mixer/granulators, fluid beds and integrated process lines.
Contact Aeromatic Fielder Ltd.:
Telephone: +44 23 8026 7131
Aeromatic Fielder AG
The company was founded 1959 as Aeromatic AG in Muttenz/Switzerland for the production of fluid bed dryers.
Since then the company has been always in the forefront of development and introduced over the years additional fluid bed operations such as granulation, coating and pelletizing. These can all be done by interchanging process modules in a Multi-Processor type of fluid bed. In 1991 the first full cip (cleaning in place) fluid bed unit was introduced.
In 1989 the company joined the Niro Group and was then named Niro-Aeromatic AG. In 1995 it was consolidated with Niro-Fielder Ltd. as Aeromatic-Fielder AG.
Within GEA Pharma Systems the company is today one of the two centres for mixer/granulators, fluid beds and integrated process lines.
Contact Aeromatic Fielder AG:
Telephone: +41 61 936 36 36
GEA Wiegand is one of the world leaders in the manufacture of evaporation plants for the concentration of all types of liquid food stuffs, organic and inorganic solutions and effluent.
GEA Wiegand supplies distillation plants of every shape and size for the separation of compound mixtures, for aroma stripping and for the recovery and cleaning of alcohol.
For the production of alcohol, the company designs complete processing lines which cover all stages from the treatment of raw material, fermentation, distillation and processing of stillage right through to steam drying.
At the head office in Ettlingen, more than 100 engineers and technicians expertly design plants and manage projects. GEA Wiegand has a comprehensive approach to their work which spans the entire project from calculation, design and manufacture right through to delivery, quality control and commissioning of the plant.
Contact GEA Wiegand Head Office:
Niro Process Technology B.V. (Niro PT) is a technology oriented engineering company with 30+ years of expertise in the planning and implementation of freeze concentration and crystallization plants worldwide. The company has successfully developed the freeze concentration process for food applications and has expanded into wastewater concentration and commercial systems for organic melt crystallization (chemical applications).
Over 50 freeze concentration plants have been put into operation throughout the world with more than 100 Niro™ Purifiers in commercial service.
The innovation potential of the company is reflected in over 20 patents that allow Niro PT to exclusively license its various technologies worldwide.
Niro PT is based in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Our technologies are available on all five continents, partly through own representatives and partly through our GEA parent corporation.
GEA Process Engineering S.A.
GEA Process Engineering, Evaporator division finds its roots in Laguilharre, an old world-wide recognized company founded in the late 30ies, known to be one of the pioneers in evaporation within the food and dairy industry.
For these applications, Laguilharre has been the uncontested market leader in France and surrounding countries.
In 1977 Laguilharre was integrated in the Niro group with the aim of supplying an unbroken chain of process equipment from liquid to powder to the benefit of our customers within the food and dairy industry.
During a short period in the late 70ies and early 80ies, much emphasis was given to energy efficiency (first MVR plants designed and supplied by GEA Process Engineering). Since the mid 80ies focus changed completely to final product quality and added product value. New processes were and are developed in a continuing way with the aim to increase process flexibility, to improve final product (powder) quality and plant efficiency.
All these developments took place in close co-operation with our customers, always with the aim to help them fulfilling the demands of their markets.
Thus GEA Process Engineering today possesses a know how within dairy evaporation and processing technology that is recognized world-wide as unequalled.
Contact GEA Process Engineering:
Tel: +33/1/30 14 61 10
GEA Kestner offers solutions within the areas of climbing film, falling film, flash, and forced circulation evaporators and crystallizers. GEA Kestner has expertise in acids and specialty chemicals and solutions.
Contact GEA Kestner:
Tel: +33/1/30 14 62 00
GEA Barr-Rosin, Ltd. United Kingdom
Specialists in the supply of custom engineered drying and cooling systems.
As a leading supplier of airstream drying systems, Barr Rosin offers a choice of technologies to dry wet materials, ranging from granules, cakes and powders, to sludges, slurries and solutions.
Combining over one hundred years of drying experience, the company provides you complete service with proven systems and innovative solutions in response to a wide range of drying needs.
Huppmann AG is one of the world market leaders in brewing technology - with over 130 years of experience. Our experience has shown: based on the close coordination of engineering, production and process automation we can reliably fulfill your requirements and sometimes even surpass them. Absolutely top class performance in technology and economy, flexibility, precision and longevity - these are terms in which customers describe our plants. Our engineer's secret is hereby the close interlacing of all disciplines: in close proximity to the production location solutions are created that are both viable and affordable. By carefully selecting sub-suppliers we single out the best from all brewery plant sectors. Interacting with individually adapted control engineering, top performances are pre-programmed.
Anyone wishing to brew beer successfully today needs more than brewing know-how and the best raw materials. They also require a reliable partner to expertly support them in the business of plant construction.
Choose Huppmann and you acquire a brewing system that fulfills all your requirements with regard to quality, economy and design. Be it brewhouse plant, cold process area, control system or indeed, a complete turnkey plant - our integrated system approach is one that pays off in terms of total cost of ownership.
GEA Powder Systems
GEA Avapac Ltd. was founded in the mid 1970's by a group of innovative engineers. Their mission was to produce leading-edge technology to the food processing industry - in particular the NZ Dairy Industry.
This vision resulted in the design and production of world-class hygienic packaging components and systems. The GEA group recognised this potential, and in 1994 Avalon (now GEA Avapac) joined the Group. This acquisition completed GEA's range of processes, systems and products that provide innovative and cost-effective engineering solutions to industry.
This relationship brings the experience and products of Avalon to the global marketplace. A network of marketing and engineering expertise is now available worldwide.
Avalon's core business is the design and manufacture of a range of bag filling machines and packing lines that specifically meet clients' needs. The company's commitment to the highest technical and hygienic standards results in products of outstanding quality.
GEA Colby has the experience, resources and components required to build state-of-the-art powder handling systems. This combined with our extensive knowledge of powder packaging systems enables GEA Colby to provide genuine 'turn key' solutions for customers' needs.
All Colby systems are distinguished by their unrivalled engineering and manufacturing quality, efficient installation and commissioning, comprehensive maintenance and service programs and sanitary design.
GEA Colby is structured to work as a competent partner in every stage of a customer's powder handling project. We have developed the expertise required to design, cost, build, commission and maintain powder handling systems for applications of all types and sizes. In each case our objective is to establish a mutually beneficial relationship by matching GEA Colby skills with customer needs.
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