Food industry and young researchers work together to address industry challengesUzwil, April 25, 2016 – The global food industry faces an enormous challenge: By 2050, almost 10 billion people will have to be fed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. In order to achieve this, various issues need to be addressed, among them the industrial processing of alternative protein sources such as algae or insects, the development of new and innovative food products, implementing highest food safety standards across the entire value chain or reducing food and feed losses. „These challenges can no longer be solved by any company alone, but require a coordinated effort by the global food industry and the best researchers. With the 10th European PhD Workshop on Food Engineering and Technology, Bühler aims to provide a platform to bring together the best young European researchers in the field of Food Engineering and to strengthen the collaboration between leading industry players and academia“, explains Ian Roberts, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Bühler. For the first time this year, Bühler will award the Bühler Food Engineering Award to a selected researcher. This award will complement the Julius Maggi Research Award sponsored by Nestlé. Read more
Bühler speeds up e-mobility with new technologyUzwil (Switzerland), April 26, 2016 – In the future, electrically powered cars are expected to play a key role in improving the air quality in metropolitan areas and reducing CO2 emissions. As a consequence, the increase in e-fleets and thus also battery capacities is being pushed on a global scale – and especially in China. For manufacturing the key component of these energy storage devices, the so-called battery electrode slurry, Bühler has in the past years joined forces with the Chinese manufacturer Lishen and developed an entirely new and much more efficient production process – and has now been awarded the first large-scale order by Lishen for four production lines worth almost CHF 10 million. “For us, this order means that we have entered the rapidly growing market of the future of e-mobility,” explains Samuel Schär, CEO of the Bühler Advanced Materials Business. Read more
The World Embraces PulsesUzwil (Switzerland), March 3, 2016 – Pulses are gaining ground: in Europe alone, more than 3500 pulse-based products have been launched since 2010 – and this continues to grow. This is good news for the environment as these dry edible seeds of legume crops are an extremely sustainable source of protein. To further raise awareness of pulses, which are both climate-friendly and healthy, the UN has proclaimed 2016 the “International Year of Pulses” (IYOP). Béatrice Conde-Petit, food scientist and technologist for Bühler adds: “The growing interest from the food industry in including pulses in new food formulations is opening up a vast range of processing opportunities for this valuable crop. As consumer awareness of this food group increases, the up-take of pulses within food products will grow rapidly, supported by pioneering processing technology.” For Bühler, solutions for the cleaning, sorting, and processing of pulses, are an important market with high growth opportunities. Read more
Significant growth signals for Bühler in 2014.Uzwil, 02/10/2015 – The Technology Group Bühler closed 2014 with significant growth signals. The company's order intake grew organically by 9% to CHF 2.6 billion, while its orders on hand grew by 20% to CHF 1.6 billion – both record results in the company's more than 150-year history. Due to long project durations, turnover remained stable at the previous year's level of CHF 2.3 billion. In 2014, Bühler once again invested heavily in research and development, with a total sum of just under CHF 100 million (4.2% of turnover), and launched a considerable number of new products into the market. The introduction of restructuring measures and capacity adjustments led to further improvements in profitability and all of the key financial performance indicators. The EBIT grew by 4% to CHF 145 million or by 40% to CHF 195 million, when adjusted for one-time effects. Net liquidity rose by 23% to CHF 464 million, while equity increased by 8% to CHF 1.1 billion (equity ratio: 45%). “These strong results confirm our strategic direction as an industrial solution and service provider,” says Bühler CEO Calvin Grieder. The company is approaching the significant appreciation of the Swiss franc from a position of strength. “I am proud of our employees, who worked with us, to quickly and pragmatically agree on the necessary immediate measures in order to safeguard our competitiveness,” says CEO Grieder. “Despite the changed circumstances, we are eager to continue our growth path and we look ahead to the 2015 fiscal year with cautious optimism.” Read more
Bühler counteracts the strong Swiss franc with immediate measures.Uzwil, 02/06/2015 – The Uzwil-based Bühler Technology Group is launching a comprehensive package of immediate measures to counteract the appreciation of the Swiss franc aimed at safeguarding its competitiveness, under drastically worsened circumstances. Bühler is taping into the possibilities provided by the collective labour agreement and has agreed with its employees to take the following measures: From 16 February 2015, the working week for the entire Swiss workforce will be increased to 45 hours for the next seven months. Recruitment during this period will be stopped and no wage negotiations will be held this year. In return, in Switzerland, the company will refrain from redundancies for economic reasons for the period of seven months. "I am proud of our employees and that we were able to quickly agree on this contribution to safeguard our competitiveness," says Bühler CEO Calvin Grieder. Read more
Bühler welcomes the elite researchers of tomorrowUzwil, 11/06/2014 Bühler is pleased to host the “9th European PhD Workshop on Food Engineering and Technology” in Uzwil. As part of a competition that Bühler helped to organize, PhD students from 16 European countries will present their research projects at the headquarters of the Bühler Group in March 2015. Entries are still being accepted and the preliminary selection of candidates has already begun. “Bühler is proud to host this prestigious event. The workshop is an excellent platform to discuss the current aspects of research and the main challenges in the food industry with highly qualified young researchers and to get these people interested in pursuing a career in our industry,” says Bühler CTO Ian Roberts. Read more
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