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Alfa Laval, a specialist in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, has received an order for membranes and heat exchangers for a new Novozymes production plant in Nebraska, US.

The order is valued at approximately SEK50m (GBP4m) and delivery is scheduled for 2010.

The Alfa Laval membranes and heat exchangers will be used to concentrate enzymes for further use in the production of starch-based ethanol.

The facility will supply enzymes for the existing bioethanol industry and it is also designed for the production of enzymes to be used in ethanol production from cellulose – a process under development.

The specific enzymes are used to break down feedstock, such as corn, sugar-cane bagasse and wood chips, and to convert the cellulose and starch into sugar.

Lars Renstrom, president and chief executive officer of the Alfa Laval Group, said: ‘We have delivered a similar solution to a Novozymes production plant in China during 2008 and this order shows that our recently developed ultra-filtration membranes have proven their efficiency within the enzyme industry.’

Alfa Laval's operations are based on leading global positions in the three key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. Continuous product development is essential to strengthen competitiveness. About 2.7 per cent of total sales are invested annually in research and development, resulting in 25–30 new product launches a year.

Alfa Laval's products are sold in approximately 100 countries, 50 of which have their own sales organisations. The company has 20 large production units (12 in Europe, six in Asia and two in the US) and 70 service centres.

The customer's peace of mind depends on having the right service setup. For Alfa Laval, service is a total concept that covers everything from supplying the smallest spare part to being a lifetime performance partner. Alfa Laval has a global network with more than 200 skilled service specialists, a broad range of competitive service solutions, unique expertise based on more than 120 years in business and service centres in hundreds of locations in more than 50 countries.

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