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Continental increasing presence in Australia

Continental is known for its innovation and expertise in rubber and plastic technology, continuously developing new products and solutions to meet the evolving needs of industries. Food & Beverage Industry News reports. 

Continental Australia, a leading expert in rubber and plastics technology, is intensifying its presence in the Australian beverage industry with its specialised range of industrial hoses.

The Continental beverage hoses have already gained traction among beverage manufacturers worldwide, notably in the USA, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.

Brewing, a segment of the food and beverage production industry, is witnessing firsthand the advantages of employing Continental’s industrial hose solutions.

Breweries depend on durable and top-notch industrial hoses to minimise the risk of operational setbacks, maintain product integrity throughout production stages, and ensure the sanitary and dependable conveyance of fluids.

Tailored for wine, beer, potent alcoholic beverages, and fruit juice processing, these hoses boast a flawlessly smooth, plasticiser-free interior lining that leaves no residual odour or taste in the product. 

They are compatible with all standard connection systems.

Crucially, the hoses exhibit resistance to clean-in-place (CIP) procedures and withstand the rigorous cleaning protocols prevalent in the beverage industry.

While applicable across various beverage types, brewing exemplifies the versatility and effectiveness of these products. 

Breweries rely on resilient and premium hose solutions to minimise disruptions, uphold product purity at every phase, and guarantee hygienic and trustworthy product transportation to market. The same can be said for other sectors. 

Continental fluid solutions manager, Clayton Brown, sat down with Food & Beverage Industry News to give some insight on what the company’s industrial hoses offer the Australian market.

“We have a long list of beverage hoses, too many to list here, but the ExtremeFlex Beverage, Drinkline, Vintner Reserve, and Fortress washdown hoses have proven to be a great fit for brewing.

“Everyone has their own takes on sustainability but for us, being a manufacturing company, we want to ensure the products last a long time and protect people’s investments. 

“Being recognised in society as a benchmark in quality and offering long-term value creation, to us, those are key points around sustainability,” said Brown.

The ExtremeFlex Beverage hose is ideal for beer production due to its non-porous, high-performing microbe-resistant chlorobutyl tube, ensuring no odour or taste contamination during brewing.

Additionally, its flexibility and resilience make it suitable for brewers of all sizes, from compact spaces to expansive operations.

“Brewers find themselves having to change out hoses more frequently but with Continental’s high-quality products, which are higher in value but change outs are far less frequent, loss of production time is reduced and risk to product quality is diminished.

“This is how we protect our customers’ investments.

“The ExtremeFlex Beverage hose is highly flexible and light weight, which is perfect for micro-breweries where space can be an issue. It creates extra value for the brewer,” said Brown.

Some other features of the ExtremeFlex include high working pressure, a rating for full suction, better bend radius, it’s phthalates free and has a corrugated EZ clean cover that gives it added abrasion resistance.

Brown said the flexibility of Continental’s product offerings meant they could be applied to brewers of all sizes, no matter how small the production space.

“The products that we offer, for example ExtremeFlex beverage hose, is highly flexible and light weight, which is perfect for micro-breweries where space is an issue. It creates extra value for the brewer,” said Brown.

Continental beverage hoses are robust and a perfect solution for manufacturing facilities / Image: Continental

ExtremeFlex beverage hoses are equipped with a convenient, easy-to-clean cover, perfect for washdowns, and capable of enduring all current CIP processes used in the food and
beverage sector. 

Moreover, the EZ Clean cover simplifies the removal of contaminants and dirt, ensuring industry-standard cleanliness is maintained.

Utilising appropriate industrial hoses also minimises the likelihood of process failures, thus averting shutdowns that lead to product and financial losses.

“If a product fails through that cycle, you can’t move the fluid, which means you aren’t brewing.

“Straight away you are suffering not just from a replacement cost, which is minimal in the overall production process, but you’re actually stopping the brewing process and you’re probably scrapping all of that product, which is where the real value is lost,” said Brown.

Brown said Continental’s products are designed to mitigate those risks.

“Essentially, the products we produce are very high-quality, from the material compounding, to development, and testing.

“The quality and life cycle of our products are also appealing for our clients. 

“Other poor compounding technology and testing regimes can lead to bacteria build up inside over time. 

“This was something we at Conti avoid at all costs by applying 150 years of experience in compound development and product testing.

“The beauty of our products is that they offer some key features and benefits to the end users, to lower those risks,” said Brown.

Hose applications also play a crucial role in occupational health and safety (OHS). For instance, Continental collaborated with a brewery in the United States where a potential OHS incident was averted.

An industrial hose, responsible for transferring boiling water, nearly reached the point of failure, posing a significant risk of scalding to nearby workers. This underscores the importance of utilising industrial hoses that are robust and reliable.

Consider exploring Continental’s Washdown hose range, designed for hot water applications, and equipped with Microban Anti-Microbial technology.

Furthermore, Continental’s industrial hoses adhere to food contact material standards, predominantly from the USA, but also Europe. Aligning seamlessly with those in Australia.

Brown said Australia was already starting to employ similar standards to those used in countries like Germany, which has some of the most stringent production regulations.

“Because of Australia’s move towards those trends, Continental is well positioned to help, because of our product offerings,” said Brown.

This is just a taste of the industrial hose solutions Continental provides the industry, to learn more visit their website or contact them directly today. 

ExtremeFlex beverage hoses provide a perfect example of the solutions being offered by Continental / Image: Continental
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