2017 – Year in brief for the Tetra Laval Group

Net sales for the Tetra Laval Group amounted to €13.9 billion.

Tetra Pak

  • Net sales for Tetra Pak increased to €11.5 billion.
  • Tetra Pak launched an array of new products and solutions in 2017, as its long-standing commitment to customer-focused innovation continued to deliver results. These included two new Tetra Pak® E3 filling machines, completing the range so that customers can now use this technology to produce ambient, chilled and extended shelf-life products in both family and portion sizes. The company also launched a High Shear Mixer that sets a new industry benchmark in terms of end product quality, energy consumption and cost. And it extended its leadership position in the fast growing on-the-go beverage market with new portion-­size packages like the Tetra Prisma® Aseptic 200 and 250 Edge with DreamCap™ 26, the Tetra Top® 330 MiniV Nallo and the Tetra Brik® Aseptic 200 Slim Leaf.
  • Tetra Pak strengthened its product offering for ice cream manufacturers with the acquisition of Big Drum Engineering GmbH, a leading supplier of filling machines for the industry. The company also acquired Johnson Industries International, which specialises in the design, development and manufacture of equipment and lines to produce mozzarella cheese.
  • Construction work started on a new Tetra Pak packaging material plant in Vietnam, with commercial production scheduled to begin before the end of 2018. The company also neared completion of an extension of its Rayong factory in Thailand, dedicated to the production of caps and closures, to meet rising demand driven by the growth of new packaging formats. On the other side of the world, Tetra Pak started a €30 million upgrade of its packaging facility in Denton, USA, to support the growth of its business across North America.
  • Tetra Pak was awarded the highest possible score by the CDP Forests Programme for its work in tackling deforestation. In 2017, the company celebrated 10 years of supplying FSC-certified packages, during which time more than 300 billion FSC-labelled Tetra Pak® packages have been delivered to store shelves. Tetra Pak also announced that it now uses renewable electricity for more than a third of its total annual consumption worldwide. This is up from 22 per cent in 2015.

Tetra Pak strengthened its product offering for ice cream manufacturers with the acquisition of Big Drum Engineering GmbH, a leading supplier of filling machines for the industry.

Sidel

  • Net sales for Sidel amounted to €1.4 billion.
  • The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sidel Combi Predis™ which makes the solution the world’s first aseptic PET filling equipment with dry preform sterilisation qualified for low-acid manufacturing and commercial distribution in the United States.
  • Sidel introduced the Super Combi at the 2017 Drinktec fair. The machine, integrating five process steps – preform feeder, blower, labeller, filler/capper and cap feeder – into an all-in-one smart system, is the next generation solution for water and CSD producers. As such, it was awarded the ‘Best Manufacturing or Processing Innovation’ at Drinktec.
  • Gebo Cermex launched the AQFlex® system at Interpack 2017. AQFlex represents a true breakthrough solution in product handling. It delivers unprecedented packaging line performance, unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space.
  • Sidel also introduced the versatile Aseptic Combi Predis, a new solution that can produce aseptically both still beverages and carbonated soft drinks in PET bottles. This results in a high degree of production flexibility and productivity while contributing to reduced costs and lowering environmental impact.
  • Sidel continued to integrate its Agility 4.0™ programme allowing customers to realise the opportunities offered by the most recent developments in IT, with machines smoothly communicating with operators, easy monitoring of potential faults and detection of the causes.

Sidel Super Combi, integrating five process steps – preform feeder, blower, labeller, filler/capper and cap feeder – into an all-in-one smart system, was awarded the ‘Best Manufacturing or Processing Innovation’ at Drinktec.

DeLaval

  • Net sales for DeLaval reached €980 million.
  • DeLaval Calf Feeder CF1000S won the 2017 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award. At the World Dairy Expo the DeLaval Calf Feeder CF1000S received top honors. The automated calf feeder was one of ten new products to be recognised by Dairy Herd Management’s panel of judges for its game-changing technology.
  • DeLaval strengthened its offering with a co­hesive package called InService™ All-Inclusive. Milking systems need service at regular intervals. With InService™ All-Inclusive, DeLaval ensures that equipment is maintained and works well with consumables such as liners, tubes, deter­gent, teat spray, filters and oil equipment to ensure consistent milk quality and yield.
  • DeLaval opened a new European distribution centre in Gallin, Germany. The new centre is designed for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and will provide modern logistics services. With 57,000 square metres of storage space DeLaval increases its storage capacity. Greater order flexibility, reduced lead times and the ability to store all products under one roof means greater efficiency.
  • In 2017 DeLaval VMS™ (Voluntary Milking System) celebrated 20 years of successful robotic milking. Back in 1997, engineers worked around the clock to finalise the DeLaval VMS™ to ensure DeLaval launched the most advanced platform on the market. twenty years later DeLaval can proudly present 15,000 reference customers.
  • DeLaval once again achieved first place in the “Livestock Technology” category of the German Agricultural Society (DLG) Image Barometer. Particularly encouraging is the increase in the number of points in comparison to the previous year and the clear leadership in all four investigated regions of Germany.

DeLaval Calf Feeder won the 2017 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award.