Grains & Food (GF) continued on its successful course in 2019, with growth in all four business units and notable profit from numerous large projects. Order intake grew by 5.2 % to CHF 1.8 billion, and turnover increased by 0.9 % to CHF 1.8 billion. With the introduction of numerous innovations, GF further expanded its position of technological leadership. To develop highly efficient packaging solutions, GF initiated a strategic partnership with the Canadian company PremierTech.
In 2019, Milling Solutions was able to win large global projects, including Ardent Mills (US), Barilla (Italy), Fahem (Yemen) and City Group (Bangladesh) – and thereby further expand its already strong market position. The first order for the new, revolutionary generation of mills – the Mill E3 − made by British customer Whitworth Brothers Ltd., was a milestone. With a more compact, modular design, new components and full digitalization, the Mill E3 saves about 10 % in energy and significantly reduces construction costs and installation time. The start of production for the first Mill E3 is planned for mid-2020. The digital services launched at the Networking Days 2019, held in August in Uzwil, Switzerland, met with a positive response, especially the Yield Management Service (YMS) and its associated interactive dashboard. For one German customer of YMS, yield was increased by up to 2 % with the help of this digital solution.
Value Nutrition also saw strong growth in most application areas, particularly in pet food, cereals, and pasta. Its solutions for manufacturing plant-based meat alternatives gained significance. With the market introduction of a single-screw extruder, Value Nutrition was able to supplement its product portfolio and is now in a position to offer the entire range of processing technologies.
Based on its leading innovations, Digital Technologies recorded high growth for optical sorting machines, especially for nuts, frozen fruits, and vegetables, as well as for plastic recycling. The business unit was honored with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the seventh time since its first win in 1968. The United Kingdom’s most prestigious innovation award was received in recognition of the development of a unique camera technology used in sorting machines capable of recognizing the subtlest color and shading contrasts in materials and foods, thereby significantly increasing detection rates for foreign materials or contaminated foods. Digital Technologies also introduced Laatu, a new technology for microbial reduction in dry foods that does not introduce heat, water, chemicals, or radioactive sources, to make foods safe. It also reduces waste, energy, and other natural resources.
Grain Quality saw positive growth in all areas in 2019, including malting, brewing, rice, and storage. Many large malting projects went to Bühler, confirming its global market leadership. With new process solutions to increase yield, it was possible to reinvigorate the brewery business. In the rice business, Bühler saw strong growth primarily in Southeast Asia and secured a foothold in China with important key contracts. The business unit recorded its first orders for silos and conveyor belts related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a mega-project for infrastructure. Grain Quality also benefited greatly from joint projects with other business units.
|Order intake||1.8 billion CHF||+5.2%|
|Turnover||1.8 billion CHF||+0.9%|