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JWCI works on world’s largest fresh milk Dairy

Global Dairy Company Arla Foods is renowned for its craftsmanship and commitment to the environment. Its new £150m dairy facility is no exception to this rule and Staffordshire based Process Engineers JWCI were on site to help. 

The new super dairy at Aylesbury, commissioned to provide a strategic base to service customers in and around London, has the capacity to process up to one billion litres of fresh milk and will be zero carbon, ensuring its environmentally sound credentials. 

Arla Foods brands include Anchor, Lurpak, Cravendale, Apetina and Tickler and is the UK’s number one provider of butter and spreads with a £2 billion turnover.

The contract for the chemical distribution at the new 70 acre Aylesbury site was awarded to Ecolab GMBH. JWCI have worked with Ecolab UK for many years but had previously only worked on smaller scale projects for the German company. JWCI invited the project leaders from Ecolab GMBH to their offices in 2012 so they could meet the team and see how JWCI’s experience and skills could benefit the project.

Kerry Callear, Company Director said;
“It was important for us to prove our level of competence aswell as our ability to meet all timescales and manage efficiently. We knew we had the capability so we just wanted to show that to Ecolab GMBH from the outset.”

Having worked in the food industry for many years JWCI have built up an enviable reputation for their high standards of professionalism so the relationship with Ecolab GMBH and the Arla project developed from there. 

JWCI were first on site for Ecolab in January 2013 to organise the early stages of the project and by February were designated to undertake the whole mechanical installation within the chemical room and service corridors to provide connection points to two other firms joining the site the following month. The team consisting of JWCI, a second British firm and a company from Germany worked alongside each other to then complete all chemical distribution plant and pipework throughout the factory. JWCI were last to leave site having completed all services during commissioning in November 2013.

Work undertaken included positioning tanks, installing brackets and all pipework, fabricating and installing walkways, gantry and staircases. JWCI also supplied the majority of pipe and fittings for use on the site by the three teams. 

Image showing tanks, gantry and pipework installed at Arla Foods Dairy in Aylesbury.
One of the two completed tank installations with bespoke stainless steel gantry. 
JWCI were responsible for all new pipe work throughout the chemical room 
along with the gantry and equipment installations.