On November 10, Johan Ernst Nyrop, one of the pioneers of spray drying, forms A/S Niro Atomizer. The first plants were sold in Denmark and abroad for drying of milk, blood, eggs, feedstuff and soap.

A network of agents, licensees, and subsidiaries is established around the world as well as subsidiaries in France, Argentina, and Brazil. The scope of delivery changes as Niro Atomizer begins supplying complete spray dryers instead of components and drawings for local fabrication.

Research and development is in focus to ensure continued growth. New air dispersing and atomization techniques are incorporated. Flash and fluid bed dryers are added to the delivery program. New markets are established for high temperature, high capacity, heavy duty spray drying within clays, kaolin, catalysts and mining products. In 1964, the first contract for a fluid bed dryer for polymer is signed. In 1965 industrial scale plant no. 1000 is sold.

The importance of controlling feed quality prior to drying brings Niro Atomizer into concentration technology. Today, the portfolio also includes extraction technology. In 1970, Niro Atomizer introduces a two-stage drying concept to the dairy industry. It later forms basis for the GEA Niro MSD™ and FSD™ multi-stage spray drying systems.

New equipment for blending, coating, pelletizing, and de-dusting is introduced to cater for the demand for particulate processing technology to produce powdered, agglomerated, or granular products. In 1981, the first concept of a spray dryer with integrated fluid bed is patented. In 1982 the first Spray Drying Absorption systems are put into operation.

Niro’s multi-stage spray drying systems with integrated fluid bed set the standard for producing agglomerated instant powders in the dairy, food and chemical industries.

Niro Atomizer omits "Atomizer" in the company name in 1991. In 1992, the GEA Niro FILTERMAT™ dryers are included in the product portfolio. The FILTERMAT™ dryers ensure successful drying of sticky, hygroscopic, thermoplastic and slowly crystallizing products that are difficult to dry in conventional spray dryers.

In 1993, Niro is acquired by German GEA Group.

Niro expands activities within pharmaceutical spray drying and develops a special product-range to meet the requirements of the industry. Acquisitions at group level allows Niro to supply complete process plants to the dairy industry. In 2002, the Atlas freeze drying technology for food applications and vacuum systems for deodorizing edible oil are acquired. This makes Niro the sole supplier of complete instant coffee plants for both spray and freeze dried instant coffee.

2008: Niro changes its name to GEA Niro.

GEA Niro introduced GEA Niro Drynetics™ - a break-through method making advanced tests with only very small volumes of material available. In 2008, GEA Niro becomes GEA Process Engineering A/S.

Learn more about our history by downloading 'Niro – 75 years without borders' published in 2008 to commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary.