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Food industry and young researchers work together to address industry challenges

Uzwil, 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 technology

Uzwil (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 Pulses

Uzwil (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

Bühler takes pole position in global rice processing

Zurich, February 12, 2016 – Bühler has become the number one supplier in industrialized rice processing. Its position in the industry as a trusted technology partner to processing businesses is further underlined by its raft of innovative solutions to suit the needs of processors large and small. Read more

Bühler grows and increases profits

Uzwil, 10 February 2016 – In 2015, Bühler Group achieved a sustainable performance, with perceptible growth in turnover and improved profits – despite a challenging economic environment. Turnover was up by 3.4% to CHF 2.4 billion, with EBIT rising by 22.4% to CHF 177 million. This corresponds to an EBIT margin of 7.3% (previous year: 6.2%). Currency-adjusted, Bühler grew by 7.1% and order intake, slightly down amounting to CHF 2.5 billion (-4.3%), would have remained almost stable. “These good results were only possible due to the strong dedication of our employees, their readiness to work extra hours and the comprehensive package of measures which we implemented immediately after abandonment of the Euro peg”, says Bühler CEO Calvin Grieder, adding: “We owe our employees our sincerest thanks.” Read more

Annual results 2015

Uzwil (Switzerland), January 20th, 2016 – In a challenging fiscal year 2015, Bühler Group has succeeded in increasing its turnover and improving its profitability. A particularly strong development registered its business in North America and Asia as well as solutions of Advanced Materials as a strategic supplier to the automotive industry. “Despite the many challenges, we have achieved a sustainable result,“ says CEO Calvin Grieder. He continues: “We owe our special thanks to our employees, whose high level of flexibility and extra efforts made a significant contribution to this result.” Read more

Clemens Blum New Member of the Bühler Board of Directors

Uzwil (Switzerland), December 17, 2015 – Clemens Blum (59) has been elected as Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler AG and Bühler Holding AG. Read more

MassChallenge Boston expansion to Switzerland

Boston, Geneva, December 13, 2015 – MassChallenge today announced the expansion of its global accelerator network to Switzerland, and detailed plans to launch a MassChallenge accelerator there in 2016. The accelerator will combine MassChallenge’s  no-equity, competition-based model with the energy and potential of Switzerland’s startup ecosystem. Based in Geneva or Lausanne, the accelerator will focus on promising startups across all of Switzerland and will also serve as an attractive entry-point for entrepreneurs all over the world who are eager to access Switzerland’s thriving innovation economy.  Read more

How to mobilize the apprenticeship

Uzwil, November 11, 2015 – Today’s Bühler apprentices spend several months of their vocational training outside Switzerland. This extended assignment abroad is possible thanks to a distance-teaching concept called ClassUnlimited™, which was launched in 2012 by Bühler and the Vocational School and School of Further Education BZWU Wil-Uzwil. After three years, the two partners are now presenting a further development of the world’s largest classroom. “We have set up a new didactic concept which combines the benefits of classic teaching with the possibilities of the digital media,” says Felix Tschirky, Deputy Director BZWU. “From this has emerged a unique form of decentralized learning that helps impart the required international mobility to the apprenticeship”, adds Andreas Bischof, Head of Apprenticeship at Bühler Read more

Bühler establishes logistics center in Germany

Alzenau (Germany), October 6th, 2015 – The Uzwil-based Bühler Technology Group is investing in its site in Alzenau, Germany, the headquarters of its thin-film technology leader Bühler Leybold Optics, to build a state-of-the-art logistics center. By the end of the year, the Bühler Die Casting and Grinding & Dispersion units, currently operating their logistics and warehousing faciliaties in Viernheim, Germany, will move to Alzenau. “With the integration of the logistics of three business areas here in Alzenau, we are strengthening our site as well as accelerating our deliveries to customers in Europe and the rest of the world,” says Antonio Requena, CEO and Managing Director of Bühler’s Business Area Leybold Optics. Read more

Buhler Sortex and NRT join forces to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ to plastics recyclers

London/ Nashville, October 1, 2015 – As the demand for plastic sorting solutions continues to soar, Buhler Sortex, a member of The Bühler Group, and US-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT) are entering a strategic commercial agreement to offer plastics recyclers a complete solution for plastic bottle and flake sorting. The companies are bringing together more than 100 years of combined expertise in optical sorting giving recyclers access to their  proven technologies, engineering expertise and  their extensive customer service and support networks. Read more

Bühler acquires chocolate specialist Hosokawa Bepex

Uzwil, Hirakata, October 1, 2015 – To further strengthen its chocolate business, Bühler Group on September 30, 2015 signed a contract to acquire the German-based Hosokawa Bepex GmbH – a subsidiary of HOSOKAWA ALPINE Aktiengesellschaft – and part of its listed Hosokawa Micron Group, Hirakata. The transaction was closed yesterday. “For Bühler, this acquisition is a perfect fit because it supplements our leading chocolate processing capabilities by the addition of the special confectionery know-how of Hosokawa Bepex,” says Serge Entleitner, Head of Bühler Business Area Consumer Foods.  Read more

Bühler Sells Nano-additive Oxylink™

Uzwil, September 16, 2015 – Bühler has transferred all of its production capacities for making the nano-additive Oxylink™ to its strategic partner Micronisers Australasia, Australia, thus ensuring the successful continuation of the business. Read more

Bühler Committed to UN Sustainability Goals

Uzwil, September 7, 2015: “The new UN Sustainable Development Goals – most likely to be agreed within the next weeks – are a significant and highly important step towards a sustainable development of the entire world. These goals can only be reached on the basis of political and technological progress. Despite its size, Switzerland and its economy could play a relevant role on the way to achieving these goals thanks to its food, medical, and engineering industries as well as its excellent scientific scene. Bühler, which contributes to safe food and lower carbon emissions with its business, is fully committed to these goals,” said Ian Roberts, Chief Technology Officer, at the 20th Lifefair Forum in Zürich.  Read more

Bühler continues extra work hours in a reduced form.

Uzwil, September 2, 2015 – Following intense negotiations, Bühler has reached an agreement with its Employee Commission to continue extra work hours to counter the strong Swiss franc, but in a reduced form from 45 hours a week down to 42.5 hours a week. The agreement will remain in force until the end of March 2016. “We thank our employees for their commitment, their flexibility, and their contribution to maintaining the competitiveness of our Swiss location,” says Bühler CEO Calvin Grieder. Read more

Caffè Chicco d’Oro acquires a taste for Bühler

Uzwil, August 6, 2015 – The Bühler Group has won a significant order from Caffè Chicco d’Oro for a complete coffee roasting and grinding line. The integrated Bühler processing solution covers the entire processing chain, starting with the green beans to the end product of roast and ground coffee. Read more

Verified Mortality Rate in Flour and Semolina

Insects and their eggs should not be in flour and semolina nor in the resulting food products. Milling operations have various options for keeping their plants and products free of insects and insect eggs. To destroy insects and their eggs in the product, the use of an impact machine is imperative. Read more

Stefan Scheiber will become the new CEO of Bühler effective July 1, 2016

Uzwil (Switzerland), July 9, 2015 – On July 1, 2016 Stefan Scheiber will succeed Calvin Grieder as the CEO of Bühler. Calvin Grieder, who has successfully held this office for 15 years, will then focus on his role as Chairman of the Board. Read more

Bühler casts itself as a global solution partner to the food industry

Uzwil, May 19, 2015 – Gluten-free pasta, safe foods, highly efficient grain processing solutions and global service stations: Bühler is presenting itself as a global solution partner to the food industry at this year’s Ipack-Ima in Milan, the trade fair for processing and packaging technology. “Food evokes an emotional response and also has regional ties", says Stefan Scheiber, CEO Grains & Food at Bühler. “Our comprehensive process and solution know-how allows us to produce regional foods on an industrial scale, and in a way that is both economical and safe. At the same time, we ensure, with our global service network, the highest utilization rates of customer installations around the world”, says Scheiber. This year's booth will focus on application-specific solutions and innovative process technologies as well as high energy efficiency and food safety. Read more

Bühler opens training mill in Nairobi

Uzwil, May 13, 2015 – The Uzwil technology group Bühler has opened the first-ever training mill in Africa in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The first 27 African students from nine different African countries began their two-year milling course a few weeks ago. “With this investment in well-qualified millers, we are helping the continent to further develop this key industry”, says Bühler expert Martin Schlauri, who manages the milling school in Africa. Read more

Bühler vocational training celebrates its centenary

Uzwil, June 15, 2015 – Exactly 100 years ago, Bühler decided to rely on sound vocational training as the basis for its future business success. Today, the company still continuously and far-sightedly takes account of ongoing changes within the organization, the economy, education, and society at large. On June 13, Bühler celebrated this anniversary in Uzwil together with some 2,000 guests. The celebrations looked behind the scenes and forward into the future toward the challenges that the dual vocational training system is facing. Read more

Bühler Die Casting with strong growth signals

Uzwil (Switzerland), Düsseldorf (Germany), June 23, 2015 – The Bühler Die Casting business received strong growth signals and substantial orders at the 13th International Foundry Trade Fair (GIFA) in Düsseldorf, Germany, which ended last Saturday. In total, the company got new orders and commitments worth more than CHF 40 million, to be delivered over the next three years. “The GIFA trade fair was a strong confirmation for our leading market and technology position in the aluminum die casting industry”, says Jonathan Abbis, Head of Bühler’s Business Area Die Casting. Regionally, Asia remains a key driver, which was endorsed by a large order for Bühler by the Chinese Wencan Group. Read more

Bühler is ready to lead the die casting industry through the next growth cycle

Uzwil, June 16, 2015 – With more and more cars being manufactured globally, lightweight construction is becoming key to reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting. At the 13th International Foundry Trade Fair (GIFA) starting today in Düsseldorf, Germany, Bühler Die Casting is highlighting its role as the global solution provider for aluminum high-pressure die casting. As the only supplier, it boasts production and service capabilities in Europe, the United States, and China, covering all three major automotive markets in the world. Today, one in four aluminum engine blocks are produced with Bühler technology, and every second car uses light-alloy parts made on Bühler machines. “With innovations such as a new human machine interface and monitoring system, the Ecoline Pro line with integrated peripherals as well as an integrated vacuum system, we are demonstrating our commitment to maximum production efficiency and parts quality as well as easy automation. We are fully prepared to lead the industry through the next growth cycle,” explains Jonathan Abbis, Head of Business Area Die Casting. Read more

Bühler signs large-scale contract over CHF 50 million

Uzwil, May 11, 2015 – The Saudi Arabian flour producer Grain Silos & Flour Mills Organization (GSFMO) has entrusted the Bühler Technology Group with building a new flour milling complex in Jazan. The plant will be constructed over the next three years in the southernmost port of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will boast a wheat processing capacity of 600 metric tons per 24 hours. Since 1978, 50 percent of all flour mills in the Kingdom have been supplied by Bühler. “We are very pleased to continue our strategic partnership with GSFMO in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Once again, we have convinced a customer by the quality of our plants, our technology and process know-how, and the local services we can provide,” says Stefan Scheiber, Bühler CEO Grains & Food. Read more


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