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ANDRITZ to supply furnace plant for new wire mill to voestalpine Austria Draht, Austria

(PresseBox) (Graz, ) International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from voestalpine Austria Draht - one of the world's leading wire manufacturers - for the supply, installation, and start-up of a new walking beam furnace for continuous casting billets at the Donawitz plant, Austria. The plant will have an annual capacity of 550,000 tons. Start-up is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.

ANDRITZ Maerz, specialist for continuous industrial furnace systems in the ANDRITZ GROUP with headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, will supply this turnkey plant consisting largely of steel structure, refractory lining, transport system, combustion system, instrumentation and control equipment, and the mathematical furnace model (level 2) for optimizing the various thermal furnace processes. The furnace is preceded by two buffer beds with separating systems and a feed conveyor with automatic billet identification and removal of faulty billets.

Billets of different dimensions and qualities are heated in the walking beam furnace and then rolled into wire of different gauges in a new rolling line to be installed at the same time. The heating technology was designed such that scaling and surface decarburization are as low as possible, heat consumption is kept to a minimum in spite of high temperature uniformity, and the NOx and CO emissions are reduced to the maximum possible extent.

A complete cooling plant with an emergency cooling and a heat recovery system will be supplied to cool the transport system in the furnace to make best use of the residual heat from the waste gas.


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.