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Global hop market

A local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms. 

Hop Market in Russia

Germany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.


GEA further develops its modular compact radiators for diesel power plants

Bochum (Germany), 04.06.2013 – GEA has redesigned its modular compact radiators and has matched their efficiency to that of the individually configurable radiator ranges. The primary application for these Energy Modular Compact Radiators (EMCRs) is the cooling of stationary diesel power plants. The largest model offers cooling duty of more than 2.5 MW. In addition to basically re-engineered structural design – now with horizontal suction featuring single- or dual-row configuration (as required for high- or low-temperature applications) – this range profits from the modular design of the entire product group. With the aid of design software, it is now possible to assemble standard components to highly efficient systems. This standardization leads to favorable acquisition prices, low weight, and smaller dimensions. Sixty available unit lengths and two pre-determined enclosure widths enable a large number of possible enclosure sizes. These upgrades mean that the modular coolers satisfy customer expectations to the maximum feasible degree.

For applications in which noise emissions or energy consumption are of prime importance, special software enables configuration of especially quiet or energy-saving models. A choice of fans is available to achieve low noise emissions. It is likewise possible to configure radiators with large fan diameters and elliptical air-intake. Means of achieving quiet operation include slowly revolving fan drives with variable frequency drive (VFD). More efficient rotor profiles for the fans represent an additional energy-saving option. Large fans also enable greater efficiency: the selection for EMCR models ranges from diameters of 1.2 to approx. 1.9 m. The large enclosures available as a result offer the benefit that fewer tube rows are required for the heat exchangers, which in turn means smaller external pressure drops. For the heat exchangers, high-efficiency finned tubes with PoluAl coating are also available. This coating offers effective protection in industrial environments and against salt-laden air.

Sales contact:
GEA Erge-Spirale et Soramat SAS
Olivier Dewulf
Z.A des Ateliers Centraux, 2 rue de l’Electrolyse BP 66
62410 Wingles, France
Tel.: +33 1 61 04 18 01
[email protected]

Kind regards

Gaby Fildhaut
Senior Manager Press Relations

GEA Heat Exchangers
GEA Heat Exchangers GmbH
Dorstener Str. 484, D-44809 Bochum
Phone +49 234 980 2585
Mobile +49 172 5396642
Fax +49 234 980 34 2585
[email protected]

4 Jun. 2013



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