Anhydro has won an order to supply a spray dryer plant to Meggle, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of milk powder and butter products. The plant features the very latest drying technology and will be constructed at Meggle’s main German factory. The order is worth about 50 million Danish Kroner.
“At Meggle we produce milk, cream and butter products from factories in Germany and Eastern Europe,” explained Dr Thomas Roth, director of production and technics at Meggle.
Meggle employs about 1,800 members of staff with an annual turnover of about ™650 million. “As of the end of 2010 the plan is that, employees at our main production site in Wasserburg Germany will benefit from a brand new spray dryer plant,” said Dr Roth.
“Meggle was looking for a new spray dryer plant, and they had very high demands regarding the plants functionality and capacity,” said Søren S Rasmussen, director at Anhydro.
After closely evaluating different supplier’s offers, Meggle chose Anhydro. The main reason for choosing Anhydro was the fact that Anhydro’s offer was the best when looking at functionality and price. The main product which the new facility will deliver is coffee whitener. The new plant features a so-called three-stage dryer which can deliver three tons of powder an hour.
High-tech dryer delivers optimal production
“Our products are in increasing demand, and the new plant will allow us to increase our capacity,” said Dr Roth.
In order to ensure that production process runs as smoothly and evenly as possible, i.e. without variations in production levels from summer to winter, Meggle has chosen to equip the unit with a special de-humidifier which removes moisture from the main air. The additional de-humidifier investment will have paid for itself after just three years. “Our ability to maintain production quantities is key to our competitiveness,” explained Dr Roth.
The new Wasserburg plant is currently under construction and everything is running according to the plan. The building will be 25m long, 15m wide and 50m high.
An important step in a highly competitive market
“We are of course very happy with our agreement with Meggle, as they are an important customer and reference for us,” said Søren S Rasmussen. He sees the order as a clear proof that the market conditions are looking brighter. “Market wise the last year has been tough but we still have an annual turnover of around 500 million Kroner a year. The agreement with Meggle is proof that the companies we are currently in contact with are prepared to invest. That’s why I look forward to the coming months and years in confidence, and to a long and successful relationship with Meggle,” Søren S Rasmussen explained.