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Integrated plant concepts are one of the hallmarks of EPC. This also applies to the further and deep-processing of starch and oil-rich raw materials.

The variable plant concepts enable the whole or a part of a production plant to use alternative starting materials. This provides a high degree of flexibility, so that the plant can be expanded or extended in discrete stages to meet market demands, while of course maintaining top quality.

Food and beverage producers know that retaining natural ingredients is of crucial importance. There can be no compromize on quality. We deliver plants, for example, for producing lysine, starch and gluten from cereals; oil mills with a cold press or extraction process; complete breweries, including the brew house and filling plant; plants for producing soft drinks and mineral water; spirits and liqueur factories; as well as plants that produce high-quality proteins from lupins, for example. Our plants for deep processing agricultural produce guarantee our customers the maximum added value they would like to have, no matter whether they are in the food, fodder, pharmaceutical or chemical industry. Our unique biorefineries take process optimization into a new dimension to make them more profitable. Find out what we can do.


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Our solutions for
industrial biotechnologies


Starch-rich raw materials


Sugar-rich raw materials


Oil and protein-rich raw materials




Organic residues


Scaling up pilot plants

With our systems for the further and deep processing of starch and/or oily substances, you remain flexible in production. Due to the variable plant concepts, it is possible to operate the entire production plant or individual production sections with alternative raw materials and thus adapt it to the requirements of the market.

With our technologies, you can use raw materials containing starch and/or oil in your plant and use a wide variety of processes such as separation, hydrolysis or fermentation to produce the following bio-based products of

the highest quality and purity:

  • Foods such as gluten, native modified starch, HFS 55, drinking alcohol, glucose/maltose

  • Feedstuffs, such as DDGS, feed yeast, lysine

  • Chemicals & pharmaceuticals, such as solvents, adhesives, surfactants

  • Biomaterials such as biopolymers, bioplastics or polylactide (PLA)

  • Organic fertilizer

In addition, we offer technologies and systems for using grain in the form of bioenergy in the form of bioelectricity and heat.

With our system concepts, we always follow a holistic approach that increases your profit and at the same time protects the environment. For example, waste water is treated within the plant and fed back into the production process. The optimal design of ancillary systems, for example for the recovery of carbon dioxide, also increases the efficiency and profitability of the entire system.


Modular plant concept
for deep processing

Our unique plants take process optimization into a new dimension to make them more profitable. Well-developed technologies and efficient plant designs enable our customers to produce select, high-quality cereal products at internationally competitive prices. The planning gives top priority to the specific requirements of the demanding foodstuffs industry. EPC applies a quality management system, which is certified according to ISO standards.

Fermentation technology is the part of biotechnology that develops and runs plants to produce or convert substances by biological processes. We distinguish between three types of biological processes: biochemical processing,enzyme and fermentation methods.

Whereas the enzyme method uses enzymes as biocatalysts, the fermentation method uses the natural biochemical reactions of living cells, which create and transform substances. The main priority is for all the products to be characterized by perfect quality and pioneering innovation. The EPC Group is conscious of these quality standards, and constructs fermentation plants on the basis of the latest technologies that conform to the requirements of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

Fermentation plants that conform to the requirement of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

Aqueous and alcoholic
methods of extracting

Proteins are essential building blocks in plant and animal metabolisms. They are macromolecules composed of amino acids. Their tasks are to transport important substances, act as catalysts, and to detect and pass on signals. As some essential proteins cannot be produced by the organism itself, they have to be added, for example, to animal feed as a nutritional supplement. The resulting high protein fodder has muscle-building and performance enhancing effects in comparison to conventional animal feed.

Vegetable proteins are mainly obtained as by-products from the press residues of oil pressing and extraction processes. Depending on the type of raw material or the use of the product, the press cake is processed by either an “alcoholic” or an “aqueous” method.

Alcoholic extraction, usually with ethanol, achieves a higher yield and a purer protein, but more apparatus is required for the more intensive purification of the protein.

Setting the pH value is crucial to obtaining optimal separation of the protein by means of acid-base washing. We offer integrated concepts for controlling the recirculation of process water and water treatment, which minimize process costs and ensure environmentally friendly operation.

The selection of the most suitable process for obtaining protein is based on our experience in the fields of plant engineering and operational management, and an evaluation of the current market situation. We collaborate intensively with experienced, well-regarded equipment suppliers and our customers to work out an optimal, profitable and goal-oriented process variant.

Protecting the environment always plays an important part in our concept. We reduce the quantity of waste water substantially by purifying the process water internally, and recycling it back into the production. Our concepts do not just save water, the use of energy-efficient technologies also makes them very economical. However, such complex plants are only efficient if all parts of the plant are optimally linked energetically, have viable energy recovery, and make full use of the energy. Optimal design of the ancillary plants also increases the efficiency of the overall plant.



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Production processes recovered and dem to save and at the same time protect the environment.

  • Grain processing plants, e.g. for the production of lysine, citric acid, feed yeast, starch and gluten
  • Oil mills with cold pressing, hot pressing, extraction processes
  • Complete brewery systems including brewhouse and bottling
  • Spirits and liqueur factories
    Equipment for processing fruits
  • Equipment for the production of non-alcoholic beverages & mineral water
  • Systems for the production of high-quality proteins, e.g. from lupins


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