ANDRITZ Hydro in Switzerland, Kriens
With over 170 years of experience, the Kriens site offers the entire value chain in the maintenance and modernisation of hydropower plants. This includes a fully equipped workshop for local service.
News September 2023
Successful completion of apprenticeship as design engineer (Federal Certificate of Competence)
Around 150 employees take care of the entire value chain for Swiss customers. This includes sales, project management, engineering, workshop, automation, commissioning and on-site assembly.
In the service workshop, which was optimised in 2020, systems and components of hydropower plants are overhauled on 5,000 m2 including the manufacturing of small and large parts.
Kriens is also home to the Group Competence Centre for mechanical engineering for Pelton turbines, transient calculations and plant measurements.
Apprentices in the professions of design engineer, commercial employee and polymechanic make up about 10% of the workforce.
"Bell Maschinenfabrik" was founded in Kriens in 1855. Various takeovers and name changes followed, including Bell Escher Wyss AG, Sulzer Hydro AG, VA Tech Escher Wyss AG, and VA Tech Hydro AG, which was integrated into the international ANDRITZ GROUP in 2006 under the name ANDRITZ HYDRO AG. In the following years until 2020, the workshop was continuously adapted to the market volume and optimised for service.
ANDRITZ Hydro at a glimpse
ANDRITZ Hydro is one of the world's leading suppliers of electromechanical equipment and services for hydropower stations in the dynamically growing global renewable energy market. Based on 180 years of experience and a global installed capacity of 470 gigawatts, we offer innovative solutions for new and existing hydropower stations, from small hydropower to large-scale plants. State-of-the-art digital solutions, comprehensive services for the operation and maintenance of entire hydropower plants, and turbo generators for the thermal industry complete the portfolio.
- More than 180 years of turbine experience
- Over 31,900 turbines (more than 471,000 MW) installed
- Complete range up to more than 800 MW
- Over 125 years electrical equipment experience
- Leading in service and rehabilitation
- More than 100 Compact hydro units per year