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GEA installs two lines for Cargill in China.

GEA Food Solutions delivered, installed and commissioned two 1000mm wide processing lines for the new Cargill integrated poultry operation in Lai'an in the Anhui province of China in just nine months--eight weeks ahead of schedule. In September 2014, Cargill delivered its first shipment of chicken nuggets from one of the lines to McDonalds China, helping satisfy a sudden and unexpected increase in demand from the world's leading quick service restaurant chain. The first line processes chicken nuggets at a rate of 30 tonnes per day while the second line processes boneless and bone-in poultry products.

Christopher Langholz, President of the Business Unit, Cargill Animal Protein China, commented: "This operation is strategically important to Cargill in China, meaning the timing is critical. So when an opportunity arose to start supplying McDonalds earlier than originally planned, we appreciated GEA's commitment and ability to move things forward by eight weeks."

The lines represent a Euros 10m order for GEA Food Solutions, who worked closely with GEA Refrigeration Technology for the deepfreeze and cooling part of the project (worth an additional Euros 7m). To realize the two lines in such a short time also meant working closely with partners like logistics and rigging specialists Convoy (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), and integrated packaging solutions provider Hellings Machinebouw (Sint Oedenrode, The Netherlands), who handled the transport belt automation around GEA SmartPacker vertical packaging machines. Project Leader Christian van Grinsven said, "Unusually for a project of this size, the customer also asked us to organize and oversee lifting the equipment into place (rigging) and to install utilities. This involved using local contractors, who were carefully selected with the help of our Chinese sales and customer support personnel. Local GEA people were also vital for overcoming language issues."

Project manager for GEA Food Solutions, Mikhail Volynkin said: "China is an important region for both GEA and Cargill, and the success of this project has strengthened the long-standing relationship between our two companies. GEA Food Solutions has built up experience in many different countries already". He added: "By using the experience gained in Europe, Russia and similar projects in Thailand, we were able to shave 8 weeks off the original deadline".

Cargill officially inaugurated its world-class vertically integrated poultry operation in China in September 2013.

The project covers each stage of the poultry supply chain, including chicken breeding, raising, feed production, hatching, slaughtering and processing. The facility has the capacity to process approximately 65 million chickens per year, as well as 176,000 tonnes of poultry products per year and is part of Cargill's support for the modernization of agriculture and food safety in China.

Discussions with GEA for the processing lines started in late 2012, and on-site installation commenced in January 2014. Nine months later, the first kilogram of nuggets was produced, and the line is now capable of running at an even higher capacity than originally specified. The project covers the full scope of GEA Food Solutions' equipment, including preparation, marinating, processing, freezing and packaging machines. Line one features partial frying ('par fry') for nugget production, whilst line two has a GEA spiral oven for various fully cooked poultry parts.

Contact GEA Food Solutions on tel +31 492 349349 or visit www.gea.com
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