October 20, 2015

20/10/2015: Joint winner for the GRAPAS Awards for Milling Innovation 2015

First published in Milling and Grain, July 2015

This year’s GRAPAS Award for Milling Innovation is jointly shared by Alapala of Turkey and Bühler Group of Switzerland. Milling and Grain magazine, published by Perendale Publishers Limited, sponsors the GRAPAS Awards for Innovation in the cereal milling industries at the FIAAPVICTAM- GRAPAS International Exhibition and GRAPAS Conference 2015 which was held in Cologne, Germany from June 9-11, 2015.

The Award’s judging panel found nine submissions had gained the prestigious status of ‘Commended’ from the 2015 entrants. It says of the nine that they were “an interesting selection of products” that were submitted for judging this year.

“In judging we have given weighting to the criteria identified in the entry categories for equipment used in relation to the milling of cereal grains. The criteria were in particular: novelty, significant practical value and benefits to the user in terms of efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness.”

The two rollermill entries stand out as being the most significant entries, but it was not possible to rate one over the other. Each offers different merits but both are worthy contenders as winners, the panel explained.

Rollermilling developments
For the first time in its history, this year’s GRAPAS produced joint winners with the two winning companies – Alapala and Bühler - submitting new rollermills for evaluation.

“The rollermill is the fundamental grinding machine, not only for flour milling but for most of the cereal and animal feed milling industries. “It is remarkable that two examples both exhibiting the current ‘state of the art’ are offered at the GRAPAS Exhibition,” says the judging panel.

Pellet and hammermills
“It is fitting that new examples of both a hammermill and a pellet press are also exhibited and there are entries representing important supporting technologies,” added the panel in its final summing up.

“We’ve had an extremely good response to the GRAPAS Award for Innovation this year. Winning the award gives a company a big boost for the product in the market place and will be instramental in getting it recognised,” says Roger Gilbert, Publisher of Milling and Grain and sponsor of the awards.

“There were many more new items on the show, but these were the ones we were most interested in seeking out."

The next GRAPAS Awards will be at Victam Asia in Bangkok in 2016.

“We encourage all companies to enter the awards and have an independent evaluation of their significance made through our expert judging panel,” he adds.

“Our sincere congratulations go to the joint winners, the runner up, the highly commended and the commended. Well done each one!”     


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