Process safety challenges for Industry 4.0
leading Danish confectionary manufacturer Toms Group has developed a state-of-the-art new production facility in Nowa Sol in Poland. The project represents the largest investment in Toms' history.
Food Sector Director
This is the company’s third facility outside its home market and its first greenfield development. The project marks an important step in Toms' growth strategy and in increasing its market share globally. Built to the highest standards, the plant will produce the full range of Toms Group’s products including the Anthon Berg confectionery range.
PM Group’s involvement began in 2016 with site selection and due diligence in parallel with concept design development and site master-planning. The key initial challenge for PM Group was identifying an appropriate site within the Kostrzyn-Slubice Special Economic Zone Area and with good transport connections to Poland’s western border. The chosen location was in Nowa Sol.
Our involvement continued through basic and detailed design, permitting, procurement, construction management, design author’s supervision, commissioning and start up assistance.
Our role included preparation of all required permitting documentation and relevant applications to the local authorities across a range of areas such as earthworks, water, EIS, building and occupancy permitting.
A 65-person multi-discipline design team from our Wroclaw office delivered the process design to Toms' strict European production design requirements. Our role included specifying the process plant and managing the tender process. We also integrated the process into the overall facility design. ATEX and explosion protection was a major consideration, due primarily to the handling and storage of alcohol and powder ingredients.
The project was recognised with a Regional award from the National Labour Inspectorate for the high value placed on safety.
Developing a highly energy efficient building was a key target for this project. The design solutions include energy recovery from the hot water return to the cooling towers, an air recovery system, LED lighting technology with individual lamp BMS control, and highly insulated walls.
Food Sector Director