By investing in sustainable production, digitalization, automation and modern manufacturing technologies, GEA is targeting further growth in its key markets, which include the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
GEA centrifuges are used in more than 3,500 different processes in a wide range of industries.
All GEA production sites are already powered by green electricity. In the long term the electricity supply for GEA’s sites will come from local renewable energy sources. At the Oelde facility, several large-scale photovoltaic systems will cover about one-tenth of the site’s electricity requirements, including the provision of electromobility. An in-house combined heat and power plant currently generates around 30% of the electricity required. Since waste heat is also used, 94% of the primary energy utilized is recycled. Process heat generation, which is important for production, will also be converted to alternatives such as electric steam generation, which will enable the Oelde and Niederahr sites to operate without gas in the near future.
2023 marks 130 years of GEA separation technology at its Oelde site.
"I am pleased that the planned investments will make the world's largest GEA site in Oelde strong for the upcoming decades," says Klaus Stojentin, CEO of GEA's Separation and Flow Technologies Division. "Due to our tradition, expertise and pioneering spirit, GEA is one of the global technology leaders in centrifuge production. We are proud to be able to expand our production facilities to better support our customers with first-class products for their manufacturing processes."
“This year, we look back with pride at 130 successful years in separation technology,” said GEA CEO Stefan Klebert. "We owe our success story to our committed employees, who work tirelessly and with a high level of engineering skill every day to ensure that we fulfill our purpose of “Engineering for a better world.”
The Niederahr site, which produces decanter centrifuges mainly used in the food, chemical and environmental technology sectors, is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. GEA also operates two additional centrifuge plants: one in Bengaluru, India, and the other in Tianjin, China.