GEA Refrigeration Technologies has opened a new Freezer Competence Center in Dijon, France, which will manufacture and assemble spiral chillers and freezers from the GEA A-Tec and GEA Maxi-Stack ranges
Already operational, the “Technology Center Freezing Europe”, will produce systems primarily used to chill or freeze foods produced as ready meals and as meat, bakery, and ice cream products.
Until now, these spiral freezer series were exclusively manufactured in Vancouver (Canada). The company claims that the expansion of production capacity by the new Dijon plant will have positive effects, especially for customers in Europe: they profit from greater flexibility in planning and contract execution, shorter delivery times, reduced transport costs, and a closer-located new Service Center.
In addition to these production facilities, medium-term plans for Dijon also include manufacturing of a key core component for the GEA Maxi-Stack system, the patented self-stacking conveyor belt – the GEA Q-Belt.
One of the factors in selection of Dijon as production location was its proximity to a GEA Farm Technologies plant in which stainless steel milk tanks are produced. This geographical nearness offers the company greater synergism in purchasing stainless steel materials and in processing.
Dr. Hugo Blaum, Segment President of GEA Refrigeration Technologies, made the following remarks on the occasion of the plant opening: “Owing to sales prognosis, implementation of freezer production in Europe was a logical development. A win-win situation will be offered in Dijon: our customers profit from the proximity of the plant and from lower logistics costs – and the location enables additional opportunities for even better market penetration in Europe.”