ANDRITZ successfully delivers world’s largest welded steel yankee for new paper machine in Pöls, Austria


International technology Group ANDRITZ has set an important milestone with the supply of equipment for Europe’s largest kraft paper machine to Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria: The steel yankee with a diameter of 6.7 meters and a weight of 150 t has been delivered successfully to the Pöls mill.

As the largest high-precision steel yankee in the world, it had to be manufactured in two parts for transport purposes. The yankee is made entirely of steel, providing higher performance and enhanced safety compared to a cast iron yankee. It is currently being assembled and welded, and will be lifted into the machine room in June 2013 with a 600 t crane.

ANDRITZ is supplying a PrimeLine paper machine to Zellstoff Pöls for the production of special paper. The new 5.4 m wide machine, with an annual capacity of 80,000 tons and design speed of up to 1,000 meter per minute, will produce very high-strength paper grades used for shopping bags, high-grade medical packaging, and food packaging. The scope of supply includes the stock preparation plant, an approach flow system, the complete Fourdrinier paper machine, a calender, and the automation systems. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2013.

With this investment, Zellstoff Pöls – the largest manufacturer of high-quality Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) sulfate pulp from bleached softwood in Central and Southeast Europe – is extending its existing paper production capacity. The total investment volume amounts to 115 million euros.

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The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, and the production of animal feed and biomass pellets. In addition, ANDRITZ offers technologies for certain other sectors including automation, pumps, machinery for nonwovens and plastic films, steam boiler plants, biomass boilers and gasification plants for energy generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of panelboards (MDF), thermal sludge utilization, and biomass torrefaction plants. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 23,400 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 220 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world.


ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and board. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper, production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers, recovery and reuse of chemicals, preparation of paper machine furnish, production of paper, tissue, and board, calendering and coating of paper, as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, biomass torrefaction, and plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF) are also allocated to the business area.

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