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Kennedy's Bakery Production Magazine | November 20, 2019

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Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus

Bühler opens its CUBIC innovation campus

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about CHF50m, Bühler Group has officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus with eight Application Centers, in Uzwil, Switzerland.

“We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” said Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and science, academia, and start-ups, we are using the CUBIC to conduct research into new and sustainable solutions that we can apply to successful business ventures. And, we are taking a step forward here in providing modern training and development,” says Scheiber.

Commercially attractive solutions

The global challenges associated with nutrition and mobility are becoming increasingly urgent. How can we sustainably feed and provide mobility for a population of nearly 10 billion in 2050? Addressing these issues and responding to them with sustainable, commercially attractive solutions is the goal of the innovation campus.

“This is our contribution to transforming the urgent global challenges of our time into solid business solutions together with customers, partners, academia, and start-ups,” added Stefan. “In this campus, we are also promoting new professional skills and competencies, modern learning and working methods, and collaborating with our partners.”

Every year, the company invests a sum in the three-digit millions in research and development (R&D). In 2018, this amounted to CHF145m or 4.4% of turnover.

The three-story CUBIC is designed to accommodate up to 300 people, and is, in itself, a model of sustainability and innovation.

Shorter time to market

Vital elements of the new innovation campus are its eight modernised Application Centers. The ideas of customers and prototypes are tested in the Application Centers, where they are refined up to the point of market maturity.

In the Pasta Application Center, the latest pasta is being developed, for example high-protein pasta containing flour from pulses or products with a proportion of microalgae.

The Grain Technology Center, at 3,000m2, is the world’s largest Grain Milling Application Center; it also has its own Analytics Lab. Among other things, the Nutrition Application Center develops textured vegetable proteins - alternatives for the growing number of flexitarians. Together with customers, the Bakery Innovation Center develops wholesome, fresh bakery products.

In the Chocolate Application Center, new flavours and novel processes for cocoa-based products are tested, whilst in the Coffee Application Center, customers test low-energy roasting processes to develop new taste variants.

Project teams from all Bühler business areas currently reside in the CUBIC.

The CUBIC and the Application Centers will be presented to Bühler’s partners from industry and academia on Bühler Networking Days; on August 26th and 27th Bühler expects to welcome nearly 800 guests from process industries around the world to this event.

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