Supporting growing global demand for specialist infant formula at Danone Nutricia

Dortek have recently supplied our innovative access solutions to a new specialised infant formula facility in Cuijk. The new Nutricia production facility is Danone’s largest in its European production network in the last ten years.

The facility will primarily produce specialised infant formula that meets the needs of infants diagnosed with specific medical conditions – such as cow’s milk protein allergy, as well as standard infant formula.

The new Nutricia Cuijk plant has been built to specification to further support the expansion of Danone’s range of specialised infant formula products specially tailored for babies with specific health needs. The global prevalence of allergy, for example, is steadily rising, and approximately 2-5% of infants develop cow’s milk protein allergy within the first year of life. The Nutricia Cuijk plant employs a specific manufacturing process to produce foods for special medical purposes containing extensively hydrolyzed protein to meet the specific nutritional needs of infants diagnosed with this type of allergy.

The new Nutricia Cuijk facility will employ close to 500 staff and will support up to an additional 2,000 jobs. With the support of on-the-job training, the entire local workforce will transfer from the legacy plant in Cuijk to the newly-opened facility. At full capacity, Nutricia Cuijk will produce more than 600 different products – including the well-known Aptamil and Nutrilon brands – for customers in over 90 countries, feeding more than three-and-a-half million babies daily.

New plant doubles production capacity, while cutting water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions.

The newly-built Nutricia Cuijk facility uses advanced environmental technologies coupled with efficiently-designed manufacturing processes to ensure water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions are kept to a minimum. Once at full capacity, the new facility will have double the production capacity of the legacy plant. Despite this, the new plant will use 60% less water, 25% less energy and emit 50% less CO2 than the legacy plant. To further minimize the new facility’s carbon footprint, Nutricia Cuijk is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Dortek Hygienic Doors White doors with glass windows.

Dortek’s access solutions are specified around the world by leading infant formula organisations. Our doors are specifically constructed for high hygiene areas and are completely free from timber or other organic materials which can harbour bacteria. Dortek doors play an essential role in preventing cross contamination as well as providing certified fire protection and ensuring safe and efficient access for staff.

Dortek hygienic GRP doors are considerably lighter and more durable than other substitutes. This reduces the wear and tear on the door systems, ensures excellent operating efficiency, lasting appearance, minimal maintenance and therefore a consistently lower life-cycle cost. Dortek doors are designed, manufactured and built with materials that produce a robust door set proven to last up to a minimum of 25 years. Upon reaching the end of their useful life, Dortek doorsets can be safely disassembled into its glazed, stainless steel, aluminium, insulation and GRP elements and these can be recovered from site and entered into the relevant industries recycling programmes.

Reasons why Dortek Hygienic Doors are specified in Nutritional Formula Plants:

  • Smooth seamless hygienic outer surface
  • Waterproof and impervious to both dry or humid environments
  • Door and frame completely void free – nowhere that moisture and bacteria can gather undetected
  • Ledges minimised (window is same thickness as door, window is completely flush to both sides of the door)
  • Resistant to commonly used cleaning agents used in nutritional facilities
  • Lightweight yet very strong – increased widths and heights available, all easy to operate
  • High hygiene and fire rating in one door
  • Fire certificated to BS, EN, UL, China, Singapore, Australia and NZ standards.
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