The Milk Experts At Krones
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Milk ranks among the world’s most sensitive foods—which is why special know-how is required for processing and producing dairy foods and beverages. It’s for precisely this reason that in mid-2016 Krones set up its Milkron subsidiary, staffed by genuine sectoral insiders who are thoroughly familiar with how to create and treat the natural products involved.
Hermann Meyer is the Managing Director at Milkron, and thanks to his more than 20 years of experience knows the sector inside out. He explains who precisely is behind the company, how collaboration within the Krones Group functions, and how clients benefit from the Milkron specialists’ expertise.
Mr. Meyer, what exactly does Milkron do?
We offer engineering services to milk-processing companies, and thus support them in their plant-construction projects. This can involve both relatively small orders, such as line modifications and supplements, and big ones like complete dairy plants, for example. Together, we develop customised solutions—from the milk acceptance station and finishing treatment of the products right through to filling.
In this context, we handle not only the planning work involved, but also the entire engineering and equipment dimensioning, including all of the components. Moreover, we look after installation and commissioning of the automated kit concerned.
So your clients all operate in the dairy industry?
Right! In Milkron, Krones has synergised its corporate capabilities themed around milk. This is because the properties of the products we’re talking about here—and concomitantly their treatment and processing methods as well—are quite different from those of other less sensitive foods or beverages. So dairies and milk-processing firms need some experts at their side to support them in new plant and line projects with their comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the processes and the sector concerned—and this is precisely what Milkron can do for them.
How many projects has Milkron completed in the past eighteen months?
We have meanwhile supported ten clients in refurbishing their plants (or parts thereof) and simultaneously optimising their kit’s efficiency levels as well. Moreover, we have handled planning and installation of a complete yoghurt line, plus the piping of a heat recovery system.
2018 is going to see the first large-scale international project: TINE, Norway’s biggest producer and exporter of dairy merchandise, will in conjunction with Krones be building a complete new dairy for fresh milk. In this project, we at Milkron will be looking after the entire process technology.
The customers we’ve supplied so far are primarily from Germany and its neighbouring countries in Europe. In future, of course, we would like to operate on an intercontinental scale. But as a newly founded company, you see, you first of all have to make a name for yourself and build up a reputation. We’re well on track here—not least thanks to our staff’s long-standing contacts and the network of Krones, our parent company.
How is it that Milkron, despite being relatively young, can draw upon long-standing contacts in the sector?
It’s true, Milkron has only been around for approximately 18 months. But our employees are all old hands, some with more than 20 years behind them in the dairy industry. Needless to say, our customers benefit from their know-how and above all their expertise.
But we’re nonetheless working in a start-up atmosphere. This means streamlined interfacing for decision-making and a concomitant capability for handling any project with the requisite expeditious flexibility. And it’s precisely this combination of a young, accomplished company and employees who can draw upon years of experience that we are particularly proud of. This is because it enables us to respond to our clients’ requirements and wishes with proactive promptitude while supplying them with the best possible solution.
Milkron is part of the Krones Group. What does that mean for the clients?
Our affiliation with the Krones Group is probably our most important plus. It means that we are in a position to offer companies from the dairy sector everything from a single source—from factory planning with all the requisite components and systems right through to logistics. Of course, we can draw upon the expertise of Krones and its other subsidiaries in this—thus offering our clients a first-class all-round service package.
And since in the shape of Krones we are backed by a parent company that is not only thoroughly experienced but also financially sound, we can likewise handle projects requiring a high capital expenditure without any problems.
What does collaboration between Milkron and Krones look like?
Both companies liaise closely with each other when it comes to projects in the dairy sector. In this context, we support Krones with our expertise in anything to do with the products concerned and their processing. We ourselves, of course, benefit from the broadly-based sales network of our parent company.
However, Milkron works together not only with Krones but also with other subsidiaries in the group. For example: in all our projects, we prefer using the products that the group manufactures in-house, meaning besides Krones’ machines and lines also components from Evoguard, or homogenisers from HST. On request, though, our clients will likewise be supplied with systems and components from other manufacturers.
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