Sundale Free Range Dairy announced this week that they have commissioned a R2million state of the art boiler for the plant at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ). The announcement comes shortly after the ELIDZ AGM report that highlighted Sundale as one of the noteworthy success stories in the zone.
Sundale CEO, Pierre van Rensburg said “the R2million investment solidifies our position as leaders in green technology. We are steadfast in our commitment to preserving energy and contributing to the sustainability of the environment. The boiler will reduce energy costs, making us more competitive, but it also reduces our risk if other boilers go down at any given time.”
According to Maintenance Manager, Jakes Jacobs, “The boiler is a showstopper. We run three pasteurisers in our processing plant, a Cheese Factory and Food Processor which need steam all the time. The reason why we have commissioned the new boiler is that it increases capacity considerably and allows for uninterrupted production on the factory floor whilst maintenance takes place. The tubes of the boiler need to be cleaned and inspected every 2-3months and the boiler, with its ancillaries, needs to be serviced and inspected on an annual basis. Once the new 4t boiler arrives, it means that we can use the existing 2.5t boiler as a standby. The new technology makes use of a modulating burner which makes it much more efficient than our existing equipment.”
Sundale Dairy is the only dairy in the country that recycles all their water and enjoys the status of being the “Greenest Dairy in the Eastern Cape”. Sundale continue to drive aggressive growth strategies and employ the use of new technologies, making it the largest producer of fresh dairy in the province.