Hanovia’s disinfection technology recognised by Chinese innovation award

UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has won the Ringier Technology Innovation Award for its medium pressure, multi-spectrum UV sugar syrup disinfection technology.

Wang Tao, Hanovia’s China General Manager, says, "This is the fourth time we have won the award since 2010, which is great recognition of the quality and reliability of our UV technology for the food and beverage industries. “The Ringier Awards, which have been held annually in China since 2005, aim to encourage technology innovation by acknowledging and rewarding those companies who have made prominent steps to innovative products and technologies. Hanovia’s medium pressure, multi-spectrum UV sugar syrup disinfection technology that stood out from rivals is an innovative technology launched in 2013 to provide effective disinfection for sugar syrup used in the food and beverage production process."

Compared with traditional technologies, Hanovia’s UV system effectively overcomes the problem of low UV transmittance in high viscosity liquids such as sugar syrups. It efficiently destroys bacteria, viruses and spores without altering the colour, odour, pH or stability of the final product or producing any unwanted disinfection by-products. UV therefore helps food and beverage producers to minimise chemical additives and preservatives while ensuring microbial safety.

Wang Tao says, “As a leading UV company Hanovia is been dedicated to continuous innovation. Since we entered the Chinese market in 2005 we have successively launched a number of innovative products for the Chinese food & beverage industry, winning unanimous praise from industry experts. This makes us extremely proud of the work we do.

“This year is also Hanovia’s 90th anniversary, so it’s a very special time for the company. We recently established an Asia Pacific UV Application R&D Centre in Shanghai and we will continue to innovate and provide better and safer UV technology to the Chinese food and beverage industry.”

At the award ceremony, Kathy Wang from Hanovia’s Marketing Department, pictured, had the chance to discuss the company’s technology with fellow entrants and other guests and tell them about interesting research results and case studies of Hanovia’s UV technologies in the food and beverage industry.

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