In 2010, the company received an order from “AK-Agarkontor” for the construction of a high-quality washing and sorting plant for table potatoes. Both plant sections were manufactured to be first-class, down to the smallest detail, and combined to produce a high-performance plant, setting a further milestone for quality and hygiene.
After the successful completion of the project, the company received the largest order in the history of the company so far. The construction of a washing and bunker system for a leading manufacturer of French fries in the USA. The plant was manufactured in 2012 at the three locations of Dinslaken, Bremervörde and Jihlava. The plant in the USA went operational in January 2013, with a total capacity of over 30,000 truckloads of potatoes per year. The successful realisation sets new standards for design, quality, hygiene and capacity requirements.
At the same time, the company expanded its facility in Bremervörde. In May 2012, the company broke the ground for the construction of the new storage and loading hall, and in September the company had a total area of 3000m² available for manufacturing machinery and conveyor belts.
In order to meet the growing demand for plant engineering, the company joined forces with Rostislav Bucek to found the company Fresh Link & Packaging Solutions, with its registered office in the Czech Republic.
In 2014/2015, Gillenkirch realised an entire plant design for processing table potatoes in Canada. This was the first time that such a complex plant design was realised in a single assembly stage, as in the past similar projects were developed over the course of several years. Simultaneously, Michael Gillenkirch, the Managing Director of Engineering and Sales, succeeded his father to take over responsibility for Gillenkirch Packaging Systems as Managing Director.