GEA Refrigeration Technologies has opened a new Freezer Competence Center in Dijon, France. The new “Technology Center Freezing Europe” has already begun to manufacture and assemble spiral chillers and freezers from the GEA A-Tec and GEA Maxi-Stack ranges. These systems primarily chill or freeze foods produced as ready meals and as meat, bakery, and ice cream products.
Until now, these spiral freezer series were exclusively manufactured in Vancouver, Canada. The expansion of production capacity by the new Dijon plant will have positive effects, especially for customers in Europe: they profit from greater flexibility in planning and contract execution, shorter delivery times, reduced transport costs, and a closer-located new Service Center. In addition to these production facilities, medium-term plans for Dijon also include manufacturing of a key core component for the GEA Maxi-Stack system, the patented self-stacking conveyor belt—the GEA Q-Belt.
“Owing to sales prognosis, implementation of freezer production in Europe was a logical development. A win-win situation will be offered in Dijon: our customers profit from the proximity of the plant and from lower logistics costs—and the location enables additional opportunities for even better market penetration in Europe,” said Hugo Blaum, Segment President of GEA Refrigeration Technologies.