“Looking for the best ECA product as well as a professional business partner,” said Guenter Hellmann, Director of Engineering, Food and Beverage EMEA at Ecolab, “we opted for the aquagroup AG.”
aquagroup AG is a technology based company with the aim to make food safer and to improve hygiene where water is used. The concepts save water and time, they reduce energy costs and optimize the use of classical chemistry. Ecolab is setting an industry standard for innovation and efficiency in the field of professional cleaning and disinfection, and related services since 1923, worldwide. The company offers complete hygiene solutions, which combine efficiently and cost effective chemistry, engineering and service. “Due to the strong synergies we can offer our customers an end-to-end solution that is unique in this sector,” explains Markus Zetzlmann, CEO of aquagroup AG: “The close cooperation – hand in hand – with the customer on site guarantees an effective integration of our product in their production processes. “
The challenge: Pilot project at Coca -Cola
As early as the negotiation phase Ecolab GmbH and aquagroup AG worked together on a project. One of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA (CCH), was looking for an alternative in the area of cleaning and disinfection. The ECA technology offered a way to replace the conventional disinfection without restriction. The focus while developing the concept was to use the core competencies of both partners in order to offer the customer the best possible result. The basis of this concept is the know-how and the technology of aquagroup AG as well as the experience of Ecolab GmbH with regard to application and service. The product NADES is an oxidative disinfectant produced on site. It contains as active ingredient sodium hypochlorite in aqueous solution and has proven a broad spectrum of action.
NADES has been used successfully for several years in various areas of the food industry.
The basis of the ECA technology is electrolysis. A salt solution is passed through the electrolytic cell and subjected to an electric field, as a result sodium chloride is converted to chlorine. ECA products are used for a long time in different areas of application, but only recently in the food and beverage industry. NADES can be used anywhere where water is required. Usually NADES is used as a hygienic rinse after cleaning, which replaces conventional methods and further savings can be achieved. These include water, energy and time.