High-tech for the pharmaceutical industry

15 Tonnen schwere Wasseraufbereitungsanlage

"15 tons of high-quality stainless steel sparkle in the sun on the hottest day of the year so far. In the yard of the company GFA Steriltechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Oberdorp in the Winterhagen-Scheideweg industrial estate stands a nine-meter distillation plant for a customer in another European country. The pipelines with a total length of eleven kilometers are particularly striking.

'It is the largest water treatment plant since our company was founded,' reports Axel Zimmerbeutel. He is the managing director of the successor company to GFH Metallbau gGmbH, a special-purpose enterprise of Gefährdetenhilfe Scheideweg. 'We have established ourselves over two decades in the metal industry as a service provider in the field of pharmaceutical plant construction,' he says. Now Zimmerbeutel proudly presents the latest milestone of the company, which has existed in this form since 2009.

100 percent free of germs

The distillation plant will later ensure that the customer always has enough water available. 'We're talking about H2O in its purest form,' emphasizes project manager Jörg Gabriel. 'It is absolutely free of bacteria, germs and impurities of all kinds.' This is particularly necessary, he says, when a production machine needs to be cleaned of the remains of a drug that has just been produced. Subsequently, production of another drug can be started without risk.

Experts from GFA Steriltechnik and the neighboring Letzner Pharmawasser-Aufbereitung GmbH set to work together at the beginning of the year to plan and build the large water treatment plant. Yesterday, the team reached an important intermediate stage. 'Today, the plant will be dismantled into smaller units and transported by an eight-ton forklift to Letzner's company building 200 meters away,' says plant manager Vitali Wiebe.

This will be followed by a test phase of about two weeks, during which TÜV employees will also inspect the plant. After that, transport to the customer is planned. However, sales manager Thomas Rücker and Jörg Gabriel do not want to look too deeply into the cards. Too much depends on the discreet handling of the business, they say. Only this much is revealed by those involved in the project: The investment volume is in the six-figure range.

Successful cooperation

'In any case, we are very pleased with the successful cooperation of the 26-member team,' Axel Zimmerbeutel emphasizes." macos/deepLFree.translatedWithDeepL.text

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