Chr. Hansen’s latest factory in Avedøre is intended to secure the company’s continuing leading position in the market for advanced food cultures for the dairy industry.
Optimal automation solution for demanding food culture production
The Danish company, Chr. Hansen A/S, is one of the world’s largest producers of natural food ingredients such as cultures, enzymes, colours and functional ingredients. The company’s most important products include cultures for the production of fermented milk and cheese products. Chr. Hansen has research and development centres in more than 20 countries all over the world and factories in Denmark, China, France and the USA, among others.
To keep pace with the increasing demand on the world market for advanced food cultures, Chr. Hansen needed to build a new factory for the production of food cultures in Avedøre. There were only 15 months from the decision to proceed until the finished factory had to be ready for production – a very short time horizon for such a complicated and complex project.
”The new culture factory, which represents an investment of 50 million euro, is intended, in addition to supplying the European market with feed cultures, to be a reference project for any future factories that we may establish around the world,” says Thomas Düring, Director of Chr. Hansen. Thomas Düring is responsible for the company’s 24-man strong engineering group, which maintained close cooperation with ABB in Denmark over the entire course of the project.