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Unilever expands in Poland, Poznan factory extends

Unilever expands in Poland, Poznan factory extends

In order to expand Unilever’s production in Poland, capacity was to be increased, production reorganized and a new machine park was to be installed, enabling production of new products. This strategy involved the reconstruction and redevelopment of the liquid soup production department and chilled and frozen raw storage situated in Poznan.

Unilever’s Poznan factory in Poland involved Tebodin in couple of its food projects over the past years. The latest project was awarded to tender the selection of the general contractor for the expansion of the Liquid Soup Production department. Tebodin remained involved in all consecutive stages. The main element of this project is the construction of a production area for manufacturing, cold stores and freezers (storage products). The entire expansion is 2,500 m2. The construction phase started in June 2015 and is completed in January 2016, and fully operational from March 2016.

Expanding while operating
‘As the expansion is conducted in a food industry plant, where the strictest regulations regarding hygiene and sanitation are applicable, Tebodin was challenged to perform within our strict boundaries. Besides, the expansion was to be performed while the plant was in continuous operation, meaning that works carried out were to be coordinated with the three-shift and seven days activities of the plant. During ‘high periods’ – increased production for e.g. liquid soups – the system operated in four-brigade, making construction works extra challenging’– commented Piotr Mikolajski Unilever Factory Director.

Highest hygiene and sanitation standards
As project manager Tebodin executed multi-branch site supervisions on construction and building, sanitary, electrical, telecommunication engineering and infrastructure, and industrial safety coordination services for the investment. Mr. Adrian Grabas, responsible for the project: ‘In 2011, we concluded a previous Unilever investment project successfully, resulting in an early-stage involvement in this project, not only in technical consulting, but also in formal legislation and all requested preliminary work. We have experience in working for food and pharmaceutical companies that request the highest hygiene and sanitation standards. This project was unique in its size and complexity due to the tight production schedules we had to cope with.’

After a period of absence post Second World War, Unilever returned to Poland in 1991 for the production of a range of its food and non-food products. Currently the company has four manufacturing divisions in Poland. Culinary food products are developed in the manufacturing facility in Poznan, producing Knorr products, Hellmann’s and Amino, as well as Unilever Food solutions gastronomy products.