Mataura Valley Milk is a new company, backed by China Animal Husbandry Group (CAHG), that’s making its first pioneering steps into the milk processing industry. Its high-quality products will be sold in New Zealand and exported to China and worldwide to help meet a demand for infant formula that is currently valued at US $34 billion and is growing year on year.
Although the plant will be able to produce skim milk and whole milk powder, GEA has designed it primarily to make infant formula with a capacity of around six tons/hour running continuously if necessary. GEA supplied the equipment, engineering and project management for the whole project. This includes everything from milk reception to packaging of the formula in 25kg bags: tanker bay, wet processing, separation, silos, ingredient dosing, depalletizing systems, bulk bag handling, mixing, evaporation, the spray drying system, powder handling and packaging.
Greg Martin from GEA said that they had been working with Mataura Valley Milk for some years in the run up to this new project and they were delighted that it had come to fruition and been completed successfully ready for commissioning. “The scope of supply for this project required expertise and technology from throughout GEA to come together,” he said. “In doing this I believe we have created a beautiful plant for Mataura Valley that should be the envy of the industry.”
GEA has had extensive experience in handling green field developments in New Zealand over the last ten years and so was an appropriate partner for Mataura Valley Milk as the company had few staff of their own to draw on at inception. By providing all the technology and expertise in house GEA was able to control the project from the start and ensure that the company achieved its aims.
At the heart of the system is GEA’s Multi-Stage Dryer MSD® that is ideally suited to the production of high-quality infant formula. It is a naturally agglomerating dryer that, within its normal operating parameters, produces a very stable, compact, strongly-bonded agglomerated structure that is not easily broken down during transport. This structure means that the consumers get a product that disperses and dissolves quickly in warm water with no undissolved particles.
The plant is designed to run continuously, 24-hours a day when necessary. It has built-in redundancy of the evaporation system and feed lines to keep the dryer running until the next scheduled product changeover. Fewer stops helps to produce a more consistent product, improves productivity, reduces cleaning times and chemical usage, and reduces energy costs. The system also includes full air dehumidification allowing product consistency to be maintained whatever the ambient environmental conditions. The hygiene zones have been designed to ensure that no raw product enters the main processing plant: raw milk is processed separately with only treated allowed within the main building. Track and trace systems allow full tracking of all ingredients; they are easy to use and designed to be fail safe. Mataura Valley Milk is the first infant formula plant in New Zealand to be fully validated in accordance with the new MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) guidelines.
“We set out to build the world’s best infant formula plant and I believe we have done so,” said Bernard May, General Manager from Mataura Valley Milk. “GEA has guided us through the whole process and has brought the project in on time and on budget.”
The Mataura Valley Plant will have first milk on site in August 2018. GEA is currently working with the company to support them in their future growth as part of a long-term partnership.Click here for more information about GEA
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