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ANDRITZ to deliver heat treatment plant for production of railway wheels to Kardemir, Turkey

(PresseBox) (Graz, ) International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Turkish steel producer Karabük Iron & Steel Industry and Trade (Kardemir) to supply a heat treatment plant for a wheel manufacturing line. The line will produce up to 200,000 high-grade railway wheels for high-speed trains. Press supplier Schuler, Germany, member of the ANDRITZ GROUP since this year, will be the system supplier for the entire line which has an order value of around 90 million euros.

ANDRITZ Maerz, the industrial furnace equipment specialist in the ANDRITZ GROUP with headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, will supply the hardening, low-temperature, and rotary hearth furnaces as well as the hardening machine with the necessary handling technology for fully automated heat treatment of railway wheels. The internationally tried-and-tested heat treatment system with car bottom pusher-type furnaces developed by ANDRITZ Maerz fulfills the high requirements with respect to hardness and wheel structure values for railway wheels used for high-speed trains.

This order is the first joint project by ANDRITZ and the recently acquired Schuler Group, whose supplies include a newly developed wheel rolling machine that form the railway wheels from pre-forged blanks weighing up to 500 kilograms.

Kardemir is Turkey's oldest steel producer (annual capacity: 3 million tons) and manufactures among others rails and points for high-speed railroad tracks. The Turkish government has announced that it plans to double the extent of the railroad network in Turkey to cover 25,000 kilometers by 2023.


ANDRITZ METALS is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of stainless steel. These lines consist of equipment for cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and for regeneration of pickling acids. In addition, the business area supplies lines for the production and processing of carbon steel and non-ferrous metal strip, resistance welding equipment for the metalworking industry, as well as turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries.

The Schuler Group, Germany, in which ANDRITZ has a stake of more than 90% and which is fully consolidated as from March 1, 2013, is also allocated to the business area. As technological and global market leader in metalforming, Schuler supplies machines, production lines, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry. Its clients include car manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household equipment, packaging, energy, and electrical industries. Schuler is also the market leader in coin minting technology and offers system solutions for the aerospace and rail industries.

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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. In addition, ANDRITZ offers technologies for certain other sectors including automation, the production of animal feed and biomass pellets, 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 23,900 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 220 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world.