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In August 2013, with the TBT Urbräu GmbH as the investor, the contract was signed for building the TBT Urbräu Brewery Park in Handan. Back then, China’s economy was still looking good, achieving double-figure growth rates. Following initial contacts with international component vendors, Qing Li, as the co-founder of the TBT Urbräu Brewery Park, took a swift decision in favour of Krones’ turnkey solution. The first construction work had already begun by the end of 2013, and six months later the first machines arrived from Germany, and in April 2015 the first brew was produced in Handan. The capacity installed by then was 120,000 hectolitres. Krones had supplied the brewhouse, the entire process technology and a non-returnable-glass line for TBT Urbräu, and handled all the engineering work as well.
The conventional brewhouse has been dimensioned for an output of 100 hectolitres per brew, with ten brews a day. It features the following kit:
All cylindro-conical fermenters are fitted with Evoguard double-seat valves. TBT Urbräu is thus one of the first breweries in China to be using these valves. The initial phase of construction work operates with hoses and pipe panels, while the second phase features pipe bend technology throughout.
For filling the beers in 330- and 500-millilitre glass bottles, TBT Urbräu uses a Krones line rated at 20,000 bottles per hour. This consists of:
In addition to filling glass bottles, Urbräu also operates a kegging line for 40 kegs per hour, plus two mini-keg lines for 1.0- and 2.0-litre returnable aluminium containers. They are rated at 3,000 normal or 1,500 mini-kegs per hour.