Coopers malting facility named equal best in world


Ahrens’ work on Coopers’ $65 million-dollar malting facility in Regency Park South Australia, has been recognised on a global scale with the facility named equal best maltster in the world.

An international judging panel at the World Barley, Malt and Beer Conference held in Poland, awarded the title of Maltster of the Year 2019 last week, jointly with Dutch malting business, The Swaen. The prestigious event attracts attendees from around the globe every two years to recognise innovation and technology in the brewing world.

Identified as leading the way in innovation and technology, the Coopers malting facility was one of Ahrens’ most complex projects-to-date. The extensive project saw the design and construct of the entire malting facility, featuring 25 silos of varying sizes, conveyor bridge, conveyor gantry, processing buildings, germinating vessels and kiln. The project utilised 1,100 tonnes of structural steel manufactured by Ahrens’ steel division.

Particular care and attention was paid to the aesthetics of the building in fitting with Coopers design brief. The facility has been admired for its distinguished finished compared to more agricultural-looking malting facilities around the world.

Ahrens completed majority of the project works at a value of $40 million with the remainder of the $65 million facility, consisting of specialised equipment imported from overseas partner, Buhler.

The facility was officially opened in November 2017 and is now operating at nearly 90% capacity, well ahead of budget and on the back of strong demand from brewers, distillers and food producers both domestically and internationally.

Coopers maltings manager Doctor Doug Stewart accepted the award on behalf of Coopers and described the win as a remarkable result, given the technologically advanced facility had only been in operation for just over year.

“The plant includes some unique in-house designed features which have allowed us to reduce steeping times, water usage and kiln-gas during the malting process,” he said.

“We also are flexible enough to be able to produce special single origin malts for the craft beer and distilling sectors.

“These have included malt from Westminster barley grown on Kangaroo Island, Schooner barley from the Murray Mallee and Commander barley from the Barossa Valley.

With Coopers an existing Ahrens client, the successful completion of this project has continued a strong relationship between the two South Australian family-owned companies.

Ahrens is proud to have partnered with a fellow iconic South Australian business to deliver excellent results, leaving a legacy of success that crosses both state and international borders.