Pictured: L to R – GEA Acceptance Certificate hand-over with Peter V. Nielsen, GEA (left) and Eamonn O’ Malley, LacPatrick.Since LacPatrick announced the £30m investment in its new LP Dairy Technology Centre it has been a whirlwind two years with a hugely successful outcome. Early this month, GEA, one of the largest suppliers of process technology for the food industry, formally handed over the running of the plant to the team at LacPatrick.
Speaking about the GEA handover, Eamonn O’Malley, Artigarvan General Manager, said: “The positive working relationship between GEA and LacPatrick set the site up for a great result from the beginning. GEA are experts at building large-scale facilities that respond to the dairy industry needs. From project conception, they worked closely with the team at LacPatrick to ensure that the new LP Dairy Technology Centre was designed and engineered to meet strict hygiene, food safety and quality standards, while operating efficiently and sustainably. Peter and the team at GEA were a pleasure to work with and we are hugely grateful for their input into the new site.”
Explaining why the new site is so special, Eamonn added: “The new facility has one of the lowest carbon footprints of its kind in Western Europe and has more than doubled LacPatrick’s capacity to meet the demands of emerging markets in S.E. Asia and Africa. LacPatrick is now the largest producer of spray dried milk in the UK and is now completely self-sufficient to process its own milk pool plus we can assist other creameries with additional milk during peak season, which was never possible before”.
“The new 7T/Hr dryer, known locally as Niro 3, has been proven to produce a range of unique and innovative dairy ingredients such as instantised powders and low spore powders, with future development planned. The uniqueness of the new equipment allows the dryer to continue producing powder 24 hours a day for up to 28 days without stopping where the existing dryers must be washed every 20 hours, making it vastly more efficient. Also, when processing whole milk on Niro 3, the site’s capacity has now increased from 5 tons/hour on existing dryers to a total of 12 tons/hour on the new system.
“Lastly, I would like to take the opportunity to commend the work of the management and staff at the Artigarvan site. The team’s drive, spirit, willingness to go the extra mile, and their commitment to health and safety standards were never-ending throughout the project. The entire team is extremely proud of the new facility and we greatly look forward to showing it off to our supplier farmers at the supplier open day in September!”