As one of the world’s leading competence centers for the brewing, malting, and beverage industry, VLB Berlin took a major step in its 139-year history by moving into a new institute building this October. As of today, modern laboratories, seminar rooms, and offices as well as modern pilot plants for malting and beverage technology are available for further education and for research and development for the brewing and beverage industry.
“We proudly present our new VLB today,” said VLB President Ulrich Rust in his speech at the opening ceremony on the evening of 16 October. “In spite of various difficulties that such a complex building project entails, we have succeeded with the help of numerous supporters. Our special thanks go out to the Berlin Senate Department, who supported the entire budget of about € 35 million out of state and federal funds significantly.” Further official congratulations were given by Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen, President of the Technical University of Berlin, Dr. Michael Knieß, Berlin Senate Administration for Economics, Energy, and Enterprises, and Werner Albrecht, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany.
The work of VLB Berlin for industry is also appreciated by the international supply industry. Heuft Systemtechnik, Siemens, Micro Matic, and Anton Paar, for example, provided state-of-the-art equipment for several training labs, which were presented on the inaugural event that evening. In addition, guests were able to tour the laboratories and the Wilfried Rinke Center for Brewing Technology. The newly opened Axel Simon Library as well as the Schultheiss and Singha seminar rooms were further highlights of the opening event.
With its new training center, VLB now has the ideal conditions to further expand the range of services it offers. VLB’s Managing Director Dr. Josef Fontaine: “Our goal is to continue to educate highly trained graduates for the German and international brewing and beverage industry as well as the associated supply industry. Warm-felt thanks go out to all the government agencies, companies, and people who have supported us in this challenging project.”
Upon VLB’s move to the new facility, most of the old buildings at the former site were transferred to the TU Berlin and Charité Hospital. Both organizations have already begun with the planning the expansion and conversion of the site. The common goal is to create a high-class research and training campus for the fields of biotechnology, food technology, and medicine in the central Berlin location on Seestrasse 13.
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