CHINA: Largest baby food plant to date
18th February 2019
GEA, Germany, in September 2018 secured an order from China’s Shijiazhuang Junlebao Dairy Co. Ltd to supply the country’s largest spray dryer for the manufacture of infant milk formula (IMF), with a planned production capacity of six tons per hour. The project is already under way, with commercial production scheduled for second quarter of 2020.
Founded in 1995, Junlebao achieved sustained and rapid growth over the years and today is the largest dairy processing company in Hebei Province and the fourth largest dairy processing company in China. Well known for its liquid milk products, it entered the infant formula milk powder market in 2017. In 2016, GEA provided already the whole production line technology and plant for infant formula milk powder for the Junlebao factory located in Junyuan.
The new plant, which is being built adjacent to the one completed in 2016, is a turnkey project for GEA, which includes supplying wet mixing, evaporation, drying and downstream powder handling. GEA is also responsible for the plant design, project implementation, installation and commissioning as well as automation. Central to the plant will be the GEA MSD®-1600 multi-stage spray dryer, one of the world’s most advanced dryers – combining spray and fluid-bed drying in a three-stage drying process. The MSD drying tower produces formula powder products exactly to customer specifications and achieves an excellent agglomeration effect. www.gea.com
The pretreatment area of the Junlebao factory