Graz, Austria 28 July 2014 -- Following successful modernization of the pulp drying line by international technology Group ANDRITZ, Altri Celbi increased its production capacity from an average of 2,000 tons per day (air dry metric tons) to a peak value of 2,150 tons per day at the Leirosa mill, Portugal, on July 7, 2014.
In terms of specific drying capacity, Celbi was thus able to break its own world record of 421 tons per day and meter of working width, established in May 2013 also with ANDRITZ technology, by achieving 440 tons per day and meter of working width on the 4.88 meter wide sheet drying plant.
Based on these peak values to be achieved over periods of several days, Celbi will achieve average daily production of around 2,100 tons and a specific drying capacity of approximately 425 tons per day and meter of working width.
After extensive upgrade work by ANDRITZ (including an upgrade of the pressure screening plant and the Twin Wire Former, and modification to the bale finishing area), the Celbi plant was started up again in February 2014 following a scheduled annual shutdown. In a next upgrade stage (installation of a new, second shoe press, dryer upgrade) during the first half of 2015, ANDRITZ will increase the capacity of the drying line for bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp to peak values of more than 2,300 tons per day and thus the specific drying capacity to over 470 tons per day and meter of working width.
The ANDRITZ GROUP
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.
ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
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, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, production equipment for biofuel (second generation) and biomass pelleting, biomass torrefaction, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF), and recycling plants are also allocated to the business area.