GEA to build the largest infant formula plant in China

The Pretreatment area of Junlebao factory. (Photo GEA/Junlebao)

GEA has begun its project to supply China’s largest spray dryer at the Shijiazhuang Junlebao Dairy in China.

With a planned production capacity of six tons per hour, the spray dryer will be used in the manufacture of infant milk formula, and is expected to be in commercial operation by mid 2020.

Founded in 1995, Junlebao achieved sustained and rapid growth over the years and today is the largest dairy processing company in the Hebei Province and the fourth largest dairy processing company in China. In 2016, GEA provided the whole production line technology and plant for infant formula milk powder for the Junlebao factory located in Junyuan.

The new plant is being built adjacent to the one completed in 2016, and includes supplying wet mixing, evaporation, drying and downstream powder handling. GEA is also responsible for the plant design, project execution, installation & commissioning and automation. Central to the plant will be the GEA MSD-1600 multi-stage spray dryer – combining spray and fluid-bed drying in a three-stage drying process. GEA to build the largest infant formula plant in China for Junlebao Dairy

Leon Han, head of dairy sales – Greater China at GEA said: “We’ve worked very closely with Junlebao for years and it has been a real pleasure to see the success the plant we built for the company two years ago has had. The new plant will be the largest of its kind in China and we are delighted to be working with Junlebao again on this exciting project.”

“During the building of the 2016 plant we developed a very strong working relationship with GEA here in China. For this reason, GEA was the chosen partner for the new plant and we’re confident the project will be a success,” said a Junlebao Dairy spokesperson.

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