Can you explain how the UHT pilot plant works and what the benefits for the customers are?
The UHT treatment is a technique for reserving liquid food products by exposing them to brief, intense heating, normally to temperatures in the range of 135-140°C. The heat destroys micro-organisms and gives products a long shelf-life of six to eight months without the need to cool the product. This is important as in Vietnam especially when delivering to rural areas the cooling chain is not self-evident. The UHT pilot plant at Brenntag Vietnam is suitable for dairy products such as fresh milk, recombined milk, fermented milk drinks, formulated dairy products as well as other applications such as juice, soy milk, tea and coffee.
The UHT pilot plant is a system that imitates the actual UHT system at the factories. With the UHT pilot plant, we can run small batch size. That is min. 7kg/batch vs. min 10ton/batch of the actual UHT system (depending on factories). Customers can utilize our UHT pilot plant to test formulae and processes with small batch size as soon as they request. This way they save the cost of raw materials, production as well as time. The performance of the products at the pilot plant and the actual plant are almost the same. So, we can exactly evaluate trial samples.
Phuong, what does “ConnectingChemistry” mean to you?
For me, ConnectingChemistry is about the relationships I have with other teams or departments at Brenntag in which everyone is connected or interlinked like a chain. Just like the DNA! It is the way I work with the sales teams and customers for whom I provide technical expertise and also to suppliers whose products I test and develop formulations. I feel like a link between the supplier and the customer.