A panel of industry experts has awarded IQ - the world's first four-way milking cluster of GEA Farm Technologies for its excellence and innovativeness with the Prince Philip Award 2009. The award was announced at a reception at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show. The official document was received by GEA Farm Technologies at a special presentation by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
The honor was made for research and development in the field of dairy farming and the most practical, relevant and best technical exhibit at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show this year. The experts have chosen IQ from a total of 17 entries, with spokesman Ian Macalpine announcing that, 'The judges were very impressed with the obvious amount of work that would have been done to bring this product to market. Being the only one of its kind and having the potential for further development and with an excellent stand and an outstanding and knowledgeable presentation, the winner is GEA Farm Technologies, with the IQ Cluster.'
“We’re delighted and honored to receive this top award,” explains GEA Farm Technologies’ CEO Dirk Hejnal. Managing director, UK, Paul Gerrard states: “This innovative milking technology works by utilising a new and unique four way cluster design which allows each individual teat of a cow to be milked separately. The product effectively isolates each quarter helping prevent intra-mammary cross-infection, improves operator efficiency, milk quality, milk yields and milking times.”
GEA Farm Technologies Division with its main office in Bönen, Germany is a worldwide leading manufacturer of technical innovations, integrated product solutions and effective animal hygiene products for a cost-efficient milk production. Manure technology and barn equipment round up the profile as a system provider for all farm sizes. The division had a total of about 1,900 employees worldwide as of September 30, 2009.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest system providers for food and energy processes with about EUR 5.2 billion in 2008 revenue. As an internationally operating technology group, the company focuses on process technology and components for demanding production processes in various end markets. The group generates about 70 percent of its revenue from the long-term growing food and energy industries. As of September 30, 2009, a workforce of over 20,000 employees served customers in 50 countries. GEA Group is a market and technology leader in 90 percent of its business areas. GEA Group is listed in the MDAX index (G1A, WKN 660200).
Award ceremony at Buckingham Palace: Paul Gerrard, Managing Director GEA Farm Technologies Ltd (UK), Dirk Hejnal, CEO GEA Farm Technologies, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.