Swiss food equipment manufacturer Bühler has officially opened its Sfr50m ($49.8) CUBIC innovation campus with eight application centres.

Located at the Bühler site in Uzwil, the innovation centre is a three-storey building and has been designed to accommodate up to 300 researchers.

The eight application centres focus on the development of various segments, including chocolate, coffee, bakery, nutrition, grain and pasta products.

In the Chocolate Application Center, new flavours and novel processes for cocoa-based products are tested. At the Coffee Application Center, low-energy roasting processes are tested to develop taste variants.

The Bakery Innovation Center focuses on the development of wholesome, fresh bakery products, while the Nutrition Application Center develops textured vegetable proteins.

With 3,000m² of space, the Grain Technology Center, will feature its own analytics lab. In the Pasta Application Center, researchers will develop pasta containing flour from pulses or products with a proportion of microalgae.

CUBIC innovation campus also features a Battery Lab, where researchers continue to develop processes for mixing electrode slurries applied in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

At the Grinding and Dispersing Application Center, Bühler develops wet grinding and dispersion solutions, and in the Die Casting Application Center, five die-casting cells are installed for training operators and for conducting customer tests.

Bühler Group CEO Stefan Scheiber said: “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training and development.

“Together with our customers, partners from industry and science, academia, and start-ups, we are using the CUBIC to conduct research into new and sustainable solutions that we can apply to successful business ventures.”

Bühler further added that its new campus uses 15% less energy. The building is equipped with sensors that measure carbon dioxide levels, air humidity, temperature, and flow of people to continuously fine-tune the functionality and energy consumption of CUBIC.