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ANDRITZ to supply the first complete front-end system for production of insulating materials to Norway


International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Hunton Fiber AS to supply chip handling, pressurized refining equipment, and the chemical dosing system for its insulation production line at the mill in Gjørvik, Norway.

The new plant will be built on a greenfield site 5km from the existing plant. Furthermore, the new production facilities will be powered by clean and environmentally friendly hydropower from Norway. Start-up is scheduled for May 2018.

ANDRITZ will deliver a chip feeding system, which will process 100% spruce as raw material, as well as a pressurized refining system with a capacity of 5 bdmt/h and a chemical dosing system. ANDRITZ pressurized refining systems feature highly efficient pre-steaming, excellent dewatering in the plug screw feeder, and low specific energy consumption by the overall system.

The large number of successful references for pressurized refining systems and components for the production of wood-based insulation products as well as high reliability of the equipment and significant advantages in maintenance were decisive for Hunton in placing the order with ANDRITZ.

Hunton is a leading international company for the production of blown-in insulation and insulation board. The company is well-known in Scandinavia, serving the needs of both the domestic and the overseas market.

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ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, 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 cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

Handshake after signing the contract_ANDRITZ-Hunton-Fiber

Handshake after signing the contract: (from left to right): Reinhard Schlager, Research and Technology; Gerhard Zauner, Project Manager, Thomas Hochmayr, Commercial Director; Michael Rupp, Director Sales and Marketing from ANDRITZ with Runar Jakobsen, Operation Director and Robert Dalen, Project Manager from Hunton Fiber AS.

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