GEA has announced the inauguration of its new homogeniser production facility in Parma, Italy.
A homogeniser is a crucial piece of equipment used to perform a process called homogenisation, which involves reducing or breaking down the size of particles or droplets in a mixture to create a uniform and consistent product.
In the food and beverage industry, this piece of technology can be used to enhance texture, flavour and taste; increase a product’s shelf life; create emulsions and stabilisers; increase nutrient absorption; reduce fat droplet size; and improve colour and appearance.
This investment, driven by escalating demand in the food, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, is poised to amplify production capacity considerably. The facility is equipped with advanced testing capabilities and features expanded assembly areas designed to expedite delivery times.
In line with GEA’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Parma site incorporates eco-friendly practices, including photovoltaic panels, water reuse systems and innovative air conditioning technology.
Domenico Gambarelli, senior vice president of GEA’s homogeniser business unit, said: “This investment marks a significant leap forward for GEA’s homogeniser business, combining enhanced efficiency with a strong commitment to environmental responsibility. It underlines the importance of GEA’s historic site in Parma. Drawing on over 75 years’ experience, it has become one of the world’s key centres for research and innovation in homogenisation. With this strategic upgrade, we are proud to continue the success story together with our dedicated employees.”
The centrepiece of this expansion is the brand-new 4,000 square-metre production unit, integrated to boost production capacity by up to 50% over the next decade.
Adjacent to the assembly area is a dedicated testing zone complete with test bays. This allows for factory acceptance tests (FAT) to be performed in the presence of customers, expediting product validation.
Furthermore, GEA has doubled the in-line assembly area for standard machines, anticipating substantial reductions in delivery times.
The project encompasses the entire GEA Parma site, including offices, warehouses and common areas. It includes streamlining workflows, and optimising space utilisation.
Alberto Pisseri, GEA vice president of finance and supply chain and production in Parma, added: “In practical terms, it is about breaking free from the concept of a fixed workstation and considering spaces according to the purposes and needs of the moment. Depending on the task, you can choose between individual or collaborative, and formal or informal environments for planning or exchanging information. This breaks up the routine, making the hours spent in the office enjoyable, dynamic and productive.”
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