STEAMDRYER MEETING 2017

Every year EnerDry invites to a steam dryer meeting for all clients. This takes place somewhere in the world in cooperation with one of the companies already having a steam dryer. This year the 29th and 30th of May it was hosted by Sunuko, Serbia at the Pecinci factory.
At the meeting the participants could exchange experiences and EnerDry presented news and advices for good and safe operation. There was at that occasion of cause possibility to see the steam dryer size H, which started operation in 2013, and a general tour through the whole factory took place.

Sugar technology conference 2017 in Minsk, Belarus

At the yearly conference in Minsk, Belarus, EnerDry presented the latest development and news regarding steam drying of beet pulp.
There was particularly a focus on the increased feed value feed value steam drying provide.

EnerDry’s Patent of Steam Drying Successfully Enforced

Announcement issued by Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek: In its April 6, 2017 judgment, Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirmed that German company BMA Braunschweigische Maschinenbauanstalt AG is infringing a patent of Danish company EnerDry A/S. A team led by patent law specialist Dr. Anton Horn of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek successfully represented EnerDry A/S in the second instance as well.

EnerDry A/S, Denmark, is one of the leading companies in the area of steam drying. ‎It designs and manufactures steam drying systems on a global basis. Steam dryers are mainly used for drying beet pulp. Beet pulp is a residual product in the sugar beet industry, which can be dried to high-value animal feed. Steam dryers save large quantities of energy compared to conventional drying systems.

EnerDry holds numerous patents based on inventions by its founder and CEO Arne Sloth Jensen, including European Patent EP 1 070 223 B1. This patent relates to steam dryers with a specific type of cyclone‎, which substantially improves the capacity and efficiency of steam dryers. EnerDry as the exclusive licensee for this patent was of the opinion that BMA Braunschweigische Maschinenbauanstalt AG infringed the German part of this patent by offering certain steam dryers to potential German and international customers, in particular to a company in Sweden for which BMA actually built a steam dryer.

In May 2016, Düsseldorf Regional Court had already ruled in first instance that a patent infringement of European patent EP 1 070 223 was given. BMA appealed the ruling, but, as was ruled now, unsuccessfully, since Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court largely confirmed the first instance ruling. According to this judgment, BMA is no longer allowed to offer or manufacture patent-infringing ‎steam dryers in Germany. The judgment is based on BMA’s publications and offers in general and the specific installation in Sweden. Other than the Regional Court in the first instance, however, the Higher Regional Court ruled that EnerDry was not entitled to ask for the withdrawal and destruction of already manufactured installations.

Previously, BMA had attempted to trivialize the scope of the judgment of first instance. In a press release, BMA stated that the judgment related only to “marketing material” and did not affect any actually built system. By judgment of October 14, 2016, a different chamber of Düsseldorf Regional Court had ordered BMA to refrain from publishing this press release, as it was misleading and did not correspond to the real scope of the judgment. This judgment has become final and non-appealable.

In addition, BMA had tried to avoid the verdict of patent infringement by filing a nullity action against the German part of the patent EP 1 070 223 B1 with the German Federal Patent Court in Munich. By judgment of March 7, 2017, the Federal Patent Court rejected this nullity action as well and maintained the patent as granted.

Jensen commented on the overall result as follows: “We are happy that the patent has been maintained and enforced successfully. We will monitor carefully if BMA complies with the judgments.” He added: “Competition is fine, but everyone should respect the intellectual property of others. It took us many years of hard work to improve and enhance the steam drying technology, and we will not tolerate that anyone copies our design in an illegal manner. We all should bear in mind that willful patent infringement is a crime.”

The judgments of the Higher Regional Court and of the Federal Patent Court are not yet final. BMA may file appeals against these judgments.

Counsel to EnerDry A/S, Denmark
German lawyers: Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Dr. Anton Horn,
Birthe Struck, LL.M.,
Peter Horstmann (all Patent Law),
Dr. Georg Jacobs (Competition Law), all Düsseldorf

Danish patent attorneys: Budde Schou A/S, Copenhagen
Henrik Sten Nielsen,
Andreas Dahlquist

German patent attorneys: COHAUSZ & FLORACK, Düsseldorf
Andreas Thielmann

STEAMDRYER MEETING 2016

Every year EnerDry invites to a steamdryer meeting for all clients. This takes place somewhere in the world in cooperation with one of the companies already having a steamdryer. This year the 23rd and 24th of May it was hosted by the Amalgamated Sugar Company, USA at the Nampa factory.
At the meeting the participants could exchange experiences and EnerDry presented news and advices for good and safe operation. There was at that occasion of cause possibility to see the big steam dryer size J, which started operation in 2006, and a general tour through the whole factory took place.

New steam dryer in Nangis, France

The new steam dryer size G in Nangis, France, commenced operations at the beginning of the 2015 season. The detailed engineering and the project management was performed by the staff of the sugar factory, in cooperation with EnerDry A/S. The steam dryer performed efficiently from the first day. While there was the standard one-day stop for adjustments when a new dryer is commissioned, it has since continued, with no stops due to the dryer, to the end of the season, including the rotary valves.
The new conveying system, including a new buffer-tank for the pressed pulp, also performed well all season except a gear-motor on a screw conveyor, which had to be exchanged for a larger size.

Steam Dryer Nangis France

STEAMDRYER MEETING 2015

Every year EnerDry invites to a steamdryer meeting for all clients. This takes place somewhere in the world in cooperation with one of the companies already having a steamdryer. This year the 1st and 2nd of June it was hosted by the Nitten Sugar Company, Japan at the Memuro factory.
At the meeting the participants could exchange experiences and EnerDry presented news and advices for good and safe operation. There was at that occasion of cause possibility to see the 2 new driers, which started operation in 2014, and a general tour through the whole factory took place.

EnerDry A/S Highest Credit Worthiness

Highest Creditworthiness

EnerDry A/S has again been rated to the Highest Creditworthiness AAA by Bisnode. Only 2% of all Danish companies has this AAA rating.