ANDRITZ Annual Report 2020 - Innovations

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The PYROMARS and ZEMAP plants from ANDRITZ help companies to circulate acids and water in a closed loop.


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There used to be a gold mine in the Australian town of Kidston. Today, there are two disused pits here filled with water.


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Innovative together

ANDRITZ supplied Rohrdorfer Zement with Germany’s first CO₂ capture plant. The technology supports the company on its way to CO₂-free cement production.

Perfect circuit

Thanks to ANDRITZ technology, pulp and paper manufacturer Klabin produces sulfuric acid from gases generated in its pulp mill - and thus also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The new chamber furnace from ANDRITZ.
Green steel

The European steel industry aims to produce CO₂-neutral steel by 2050. A new type of ANDRITZ furnace at voestalpine Wire Rod is already helping to save energy and reduce emissions.

A fjord in Norway.
Useful hydropower

Hydropower makes a decisive contribution to reducing global CO₂ emissions. Two very different ANDRITZ projects prove this.

Two clarifiers of a sewage treatment plant.
Valuable waste

In the Texas city of Fort Worth, ANDRITZ helps to process large amounts of waste water by converting sewage sludge into fertilizer. CO₂ emissions are also reduced in the process.

Södra operates a woodyard and pulp mill in the Swedish town of Mönsterås.
Step by step

Swedish company Södra is able to produce up to 6.3 million liters of commercial-quality biomethanol a year with help from ANDRITZ. The biomethanol is used to make biodiesel fuel for motor vehicles.

The PYROMARS and ZEMAP plants from ANDRITZ help companies to circulate acids and water in a closed loop.
Precious water

The Taiwanese company Walsin Lihwa has substantially reduced its water and acid consumption in stainless steel production thanks to ANDRITZ.

Graphic simulation of the new plant under construction.
A perfect fit

Schuler, ANDRITZ Soutec and thyssenkrupp Automation Engineering have developed a plant that can significantly reduce the production costs for fuel cells.

There used to be a gold mine in the Australian town of Kidston. Today, there are two disused pits here filled with water.
Solar gold

An energy park for green electricity is being built in Australia and uses the pits in a former gold mine as reservoirs for water storage. The equipment for the pumped storage power station comes from ANDRITZ.

View of part of a plant for mining iron ore
Safe disposal

The Brazilian mining company ITAMINAS is using ANDRITZ filter systems to avoid storing tailings in containment dams and recover 90% of the water.

Applying and folding nose pieces
What can help us get through the COVID-19 crisis?

An ANDRITZ team has developed a new line for the production of masks in record time. The D-TECH Face Mask line guarantees the highest quality and hygiene standards and can produce up to 750,000 masks per day.

Metris Performace Centers
Does digitalization help make our production more efficient?

Plant start-ups, inspections and service work can be outsourced systematically and automation can be increased with the aid of digital solutions. That’s why companies in different segments are using the know-how of ANDRITZ’s Metris Performance Centers.

Metris DryQ
How can we make intelligent and efficient use of data?

Metris DryQ – an innovative system from ANDRITZ for pulp drying. It analyzes the relevant data, links it to expert knowledge and derives improvement measures from it. The Montes del Plata mill in Uruguay is already using this solution successfully.

Dam at the Cerro del Águila hydropower plant
How do we generate electricity efficiently with hydropower?

Operators should pursue a strategy that integrates digitalization, expert knowledge and predictive maintenance management.

ANDRITZ annual report 2020: success story Separation
How can we alleviate the effects of diabetes?

Effective medication and topquality health care products. To produce them, the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk relies on ANDRITZ technologies.

Dr. Kai Fischer (left) and Dr. Michael Emonts (right), managing directors of AZL
How can we help lightweight carbon construction to gain acceptance in the automotive industry?

Lightweight fiber composites like carbon are promising candidates for large-scale production in car manufacturing. With the “iComposite 4.0” research project, the Lightweight Construction Center in Aachen, Germany, (Aachener Zentrum für Leichtbau – AZL) has made remarkable progress in terms of economic efficiency.

How cybersecurity works
How do you protect digital industrial processes?

Cyber attacks on industrial companies have become an everyday occurrence, and the damage they cause can be immense and long-lasting. ANDRITZ’s strategic partner OTORIO, based in Tel Aviv, offers a unique and state-of-the-art, comprehensive cyber security concept that can be used by ANDRITZ customers as well as other companies, regardless of the branch of industry concerned. Daniel Bren, CEO of OTORIO, describes the special features and benefits of this approach.

Metris X hand
How do you control industrial plants and entire factories or mills very efficiently?

ANDRITZ has developed its own DCS (Distributed Control System), a control and PLC system based on the latest technology, and is thus driving its digitalization strategy systematically forward. ANDRITZ customers and also companies in other industries now receive all the products and services they need to optimize, automate and control their IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) from a single source – ANDRITZ

What is the most efficient way of producing packaging paper for growth markets?

Zellstoff Pöls AG has entered a new era: Thanks to its additional production line, the Heinzel Group’s location has doubled its capacities for kraft paper grades. Once again, the technological heart of this growth strategy is an innovative paper machine from ANDRITZ.

Ecological measures enabling sediment management or fish migration, for example, have top priority at Xayaburi power station.
What does “Sustainability” mean when you are building and operating a large hydroelectric power plant?

On the Mekong River in Laos, the Xayaburi Power Company (XPCL) has commissioned a hydroelectric power plant that is generating electricity for Thailand and Laos. ANDRITZ contributed significant parts of the electromechanical equipment and accompanied this mammoth project from start to finish. XPCL project manager Michael Raeder explains how ecological, economic and social goals were reconciled with one another.

The ferry Piana at the port
How can the exhaust gas from ships’ engines be cleaned thoroughly and cost-effectively?

In order to comply with international emission limits for sulfur and nitrogen oxides maritime vessels must either use expensive low-sulfur fuel or install exhaust gas cleaning plants so that they can continue to use heavy fuel oil with a high sulfur content.

Green storage battery

Lysefjord in southwestern Norway is spectacular: The deep blue inlet extends 42 kilometers inland, framed by rugged cliffs hundreds of meters high. At the end of the fjord, a different kind of gem is ensconced deep in the rock: the new Lysebotn II hydropower station. The Lyse Group produces highly efficient “green energy” here – with effective support from ANDRITZ.

Heap of gold ore
Digital gold

Gleaming nuggets in panning screens beside rushing mountain rivers: Modern gold mining has very little in common with such images of the Wild West. But an eye for detail is still important. In the largest gold mine in the eastern USA, ANDRITZ technology is being used to optimize many facets of this industrial process.

Changing cultures

Amongst ANDRITZ ’s customers are some of the best in their field, often- times operating legacy businesses with decades of experience and tens of thousands of employees. Yet, even these companies are adapting to new realities in an ever more connected world. Mike Carroll works in one of these companies. He is the Vice President of Innovation at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, one of the world’s leaders in producing paper and tissue for mostly giant industrial customers.

SCA's pulp mill in Östrand
Better and better

More powerful, more efficient, and more sustainable: SCA ’s pulp mill in Östrand, Sweden, has reinvented itself in a mammoth, three-year project. ANDRITZ contributed the advanced technology and extensive know-how for one of the country’s largest industrial investments.

More output

The Montrose hydroelectric power plant has been using the Metris DiOMera monitoring system from ANDRITZ since 2016. Tony Nott, Operations Director at Alterra Power, and Operations Engineer Nicholas Adams talk about their experiences and plans.

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Growing with digitalization

Parts of society, the economy, and the working environment are changing fundamentally and faster than ever as a result of digitalization. Industrial and plant engineering are also undergoing rapid transformation. What is ANDRITZ’s strategy in this sector, what has it achieved so far, and what plans does the Group have for the future? Answers from President and CEO Wolfgang Leitner.

Fault-free 24/7

voestalpine Automotive Components in Dettingen produces 750,000 parts for the car industry every week. The innovative smartphone app from Schuler – a member of the ANDRITZ GROUP – provides valuable assistance here.

Efficiency 4.0

In 2017, ANDRITZ concluded two very successful pulp mill projects that were unique worldwide: Fibria‘s Três Lagoas second pulp production line was started up in Brazil, and key production technologies were supplied for the Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Finland.

Breaking new ground

ANDRITZ operates the world’s most modern research center for tissue in Graz. The heart of the so-called PrimeLineTIAC (Tissue Innovation and Application Center) is a tissue machine that integrates eight machine designs and the latest Internet of Things applications. The clear focus here is customer benefit.

Autonomous operation

Increasing customer demands, stiffer competition, and an environment undergoing ever more rapid change – all these are challenges that modern industrial production operations today have to overcome. Digitalization and networking of entire value chains make a decisive contribution towards companies in this environment being able to achieve their efficiency and profitability goals more successfully and more effectively. The ANDRITZ answer to this digital transformation is: Optimization of Process Performance (OPP).