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Technology cooperation by ANDRITZ and Alucha, Spain: Innovative and environmentally friendly pyrolysis of plastic rejects


International technology Group ANDRITZ has concluded a cooperation agreement with recycling specialist Alucha, Spain, to supply new technologies and equipment for pyrolysis of rejects (waste) produced in the processing of liquid packaging board to make paper.

Pyrolysis of rejects leads to reduced operating costs in industrial plants, for example in the pulp and paper industry, and makes substantial contributions towards protecting the environment.

By treating rejects from liquid packaging board, the fibers are recovered here and the residual fraction is separated into aluminum, gas, and oil by means of pyrolysis. While the recycled aluminum can be sold, the pyrolysis gas and oil can be used to generate heat or electricity, thus reducing the total operating costs and conserving natural resources.

Based on its extensive know-how in the reject treatment sector, ANDRITZ will act as supplier as well as sales and license partner under this cooperation agreement. Alucha is one of the leading developers worldwide of pyrolysis processes for industrial applications.

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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, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 23,800 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. The ANDRITZ GROUP ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas. One of the Group’s overall strategic goals is to strengthen and extend this position. At the same time, the company aims to secure the continuation of profitable growth in the long term.

The business area is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and board; the 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 are also allocated to the business area, as are gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, production equipment for biofuel (second generation), biomass pelleting, and biomass torrefaction, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF), and recycling plants.

Innovative pyrolysis process, which can also be used to treat plastic-containing rejects from the pulp and paper industry.

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