Siemens to help malt firm slash costs

By Helen Gilbert

- Last updated on GMT

Left to right: Brian Holliday and Peter Nallen
Left to right: Brian Holliday and Peter Nallen
International brewing giant Boortmalt hopes to reduce its costs by up to 30% within the next 12 months after signing a productivity improvement and technology programme with Siemens Digital Industries.

Under the multi-million global deal, the malt manufacturer’s North Yorkshire Malton facility – which produces more than 50,000 metric tonnes of malt every year and exports its products across the world including the Latin American and Asia-Pacific markets – will be the first site to be audited.

Its gas, electricity and water consumption will be analysed, alongside its heating, refrigeration, transportation, machine performance systems as well as other energy-hungry processes.

Siemens will then develop a bespoke plan to reduce energy use, optimise machine performance and improve the production processes. 

Cut water consumption​ 

Boortmalt hopes to cut its water consumption by 50% between 2010 and 2025, as well as reduce carbon emissions by 60% between 2010 and 2030. 

“From a commercial, environmental and competitiveness perspective, Boortmalt is totally committed to delivering value to their customers,”​ said Peter Nallen, chief operating officer at Boortmalt. “We think we can make a great product for our customers and improve our productivity at the same time, so it’s a win-win.”

Brian Holliday, Siemens Digital Industries managing director, added: “We employ a range of investigative and digital tools to work with our customers and have found that manufacturers like Boortmalt can achieve productivity improvement and reduced costs while lowering their carbon footprint when we co-create solutions. 

“We also aim to add more value than traditional technology suppliers though our risk-based approach and I’m looking forward to working with Peter and his team to help unlock the next stage of improvements in Boortmalt’s excellence journey.”   

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