ANDRITZ Maerz to supply anode furnaces and Peirce-Smith converters for First Quantum's copper smelter, Zambia

Graz/Dusseldorf, (PresseBox) - International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order for supply of two anode furnaces and four Peirce-Smith converters for Kansanshi Mining Plc, a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals Ltd., Zambia. Start-up is scheduled for 2014.

The scope of supply includes the latest ANDRITZ Maerz combustion and refining systems, slag settling tanks, drive units and control system, as well as the steel structures for the furnaces and converters. With the furnaces and converters, more than 300,000 t of anode copper can be produced annually from copper matte.

This order confirms the position of ANDRITZ Maerz as one of the globally leading suppliers of fire refining furnaces and converters for the copper industry.

Andritz AG

International technology Group ANDRITZ is a global leading supplier of plants, equipment and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, the steel industry, and the production of animal feed and biomass pellets. In addition, ANDRITZ offers technologies for 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 panelboard (MDF), thermal sludge utilization, and torrefaction plants. The publicly listed ANDRITZ GROUP is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of more than 17,400 employees worldwide. ANDRITZ operates over 180 production sites, service, and sales companies all around the world.

ANDRITZ METALS is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and further processing of cold-rolled carbon steel, stainless steel, and non-ferrous metal strip. These lines consist of equipment for cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and for pickling acid regeneration. The business area also supplies turnkey industrial furnace systems for thermal processes, such as heat treatment of slabs and forged pieces, refining furnaces for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries, as well as laser and rolled seam resistance welding systems for the metalworking industry.

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