The first commercial BMF+FLUX membrane filtration system provides for even greater energy efficiency
Mönchengladbach, 6 May 2015. The traditional German company Oettinger is constantly setting new standards in the industry with state-of-the-art systems and efficient technology: the Mönchengladbach site has now brought the BMF +FLUX membrane filtration system for the gentle clarification of beer on board. This represents the latest generation of this technology, being installed for the first time worldwide on the Lower Rhine. “We are extremely proud to be able to launch the new generation of Pentair membrane filtration systems here in Mönchengladbach. Efficient and innovative developments like these help us to produce high-quality and affordable products,” states Dr. Karl Liebl, CEO of Oettinger Brauerei GmbH and Managing Director of the Mönchengladbach site.
The brewery has already put into operation the first generation of Pentair membrane filtration systems at its Oettingen site in Bavaria in 2002. Since then, it has developed the technology in close cooperation with Pentair.
The new generation of the system is now coming on stream with the BMF +FLUX version in Mönchengladbach. “Oettinger blazed a trail with the installation of the first version of the system in Oettingen and new system here in Mönchengladbach and is the first brewery to have introduced this innovative technology. The commissioning of the new system is a key milestone for the site and for the Oettinger Group as a whole,” explains Dr. Liebl.
Even more effective and energy-saving new technology
The new technology stands out on account of its flexibility, automation and ease of use, permitting gentle filtration and clarification of beer with low energy consumption. The system filters around 70,000 litres per hour in a continuous process along two filter lines, which are operated alternately. Overall a total of 60 newly developed modules with wood fibre membranes have been installed over an area of 1,620 square metres.
The economical use of resources and environmentally-friendly manufacturing processes are some of the Oettinger brewery group’s core objectives, as has been demonstrated by a number of measures in the past: a waste water treatment system became operational in Mönchengladbach in 2013. Experience confirms that the brewery has been able to save a significant volume of natural gas during waste water pre-treatment by producing biogas. The biogas obtained is used as renewable energy in the production plants to heat hot water in the boiler house.
About Oettinger in Mönchengladbach
The subsidiary plant on the Lower Rhine was set up in 2003 and is the brewery group’s second largest production site in Germany with an annual output of 200 million litres. Mönchengladbach is home to our Engineering and Technology Centre, Purchasing, Central, National and International Quality Assurance, Control and Logistics, as well as Technical Support for Licensing Abroad. 190 employees coordinate and direct the various processes for the entire brewery group from here. The Site Manager and Managing Director is Dr. Karl Liebl.
Producing around 940 million litres per annum, the Oettinger Group is one of Germany’s largest brewing companies. Every year it bottles around 2 billion bottles and cans with beer, beer-mix drinks and soft drinks. The family-owned company, which has been based in the Bavarian town of Oettingen since 1731, now has a workforce of 1,100. Apart from end-to-end quality control, state-of-the-art production facilities at four different sites, two logistics centres and company-wide environmental awareness, the company also endeavours to provide attractive pricing – made possible by efficient direct sales. OETTINGER products are sold across the globe. The entire range of beer has also carried the “GMO-FREE” seal since March 2013.
About PENTAIR PLC
Pentair plc (www.pentair.com) supplies industry-leading products, services and solutions for the diverse needs of its customers. With a turnover of $7.0 billion in 2014, Pentair has a workforce of 30,000 worldwide.
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Food & Beverage Process Solutions
Pentair Flow & Filtration Solutions
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