Gpi recently received an order from an existing customer in the biogas industry for the production of four glycol storage tanks.
Bright Beer Tanks (BBT) and Cylindrical Conical Tanks (CCT) for The Koningshoeven Brewery
Renewal and expansion
In 2015 the decision was made to expand production from 90,000 hl to 125,000 hl per year. When drawing up the master plan, it was found that the beer preparation sub-processes in the existing pressure tank cellar were no longer sufficient in terms of capacity. A thorough renovation was necessary to meet the latest hygiene requirements. The governing body of the Abbey therefore agreed that the best solution was to build a brand-new production space. Gpi did its bit by supplying six bright beer tanks (BBT) and four Cylindrical Conical Tanks (CCT), each with a gross capacity of 580 hl.
Gpi demonstrated its added value
A market-wide tender process resulted in Gpi being awarded the contract, mainly because the company demonstrated a clear understanding of what the situation demanded and proactively provided ideas and suggestions for improvements in terms of functionality and visual design. The latter was particularly important as the new building, situated in the monumental grounds of the abbey, was to feature lots of glass, so that the storage tanks would be in full sight of visitors. Gpi suggested a fully stainless steel outer casing. A truly eye-catching choice!
Noteworthy too is that Gpi not only supplied the tanks, but also all the instrumentation and accessories, plus the platforms between the tanks – the complete package in other words.
“Gpi certainly pulled out all the stops”
Sander Berger, Global Lead Engineer Process: “Gpi certainly pulled out all the stops. They were really keen to win this contract. And they succeeded, mainly because they showed they understood the picture in every detail. And they certainly put themselves on the map within our Group, because more contracts have followed. They demonstrated what they stand for and that’s good. Full stop.”
Swinkels Family Brewers is a beer and soft drinks manufacturer with diverse brands and production locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ethiopia. The headquarters are in Lieshout, which is also where the Bavaria brand beers are made. Berkel-Enschot is home to another member of the group, the Koningshoeven Brewery. It is situated within the walls of a Trappist abbey where the monks have been brewing beer since 1884. This is where the La Trappe beers come from.
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His current job as sales manager sees him in day-to-day charge of the Gpi Tanks sales team. ‘A little unorthodox, but we always go for the best solution.’