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Andritz Acquires Tristar Industries; Strengthens Service Business

Delta, British Columbia, Canada 06 October 2011 -- International technology Group Andritz has acquired the assets of Tristar Industries Ltd. The action combines Andritz’s strengths as an original equipment manufacturer with Tristar’s capabilities as a quality rebuild and manufacturing facility.

Andritz will operate the former Tristar facility in Delta, British Columbia, as the Delta Service Centre for its pulp and paper service business. According to Carl Luhrmann, senior vice president of Andritz Inc. in North America, the location in Delta is ideal for servicing customers in the Northwest. Andritz Inc. has been performing rebuilds and other manufacturing for many years in the USA at its Pell City, Alabama, facility, which was recently expanded.

“We have anticipated the rapidly rising transportation costs and other logistical issues, and have been looking for a facility in the Northwest,” Luhrmann said. “This acquisition is a good fit for us. The experienced employees, reputation, and geographic location of the Tristar operation make it ideal for servicing customers in the western United States and Canada.”

The Delta Service Centre will be dedicated to supporting rebuilds of pulp and paper equipment such as continuous digesters, digesters, vacuum washers, twin roll presses, baffle filters, thick stock pumps, and recausticizing filters. Andritz service account managers will continue to be the customer’s single point of contact for all Andritz products.

In addition to rebuilds, Andritz has developed several new technologies for vacuum washers that have been manufactured in the South, which have been very popular with customers. “With a quality manufacturing facility in the Northwest, we will now be able to offer these technologies to this region,” Luhrmann said.

The Andritz Group is a globally leading supplier of plants and services for the hydropower, pulp and paper, metals, and other specialized industries (solid/liquid separation, feed, and biofuel). The Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 16,100 employees worldwide. Andritz operates more than 180 production sites and service and sales companies around the world.

Andritz Pulp and Paper is one of the leading global suppliers of turnkey systems and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, tissue paper, board, fiber-board (MDF), nonwovens, biomass boilers and gasifiers for energy production, and systems for the production of plastic films. The technologies available are used for the processing of logs and annual fibers; the production of chemical and mechanical pulps and recycled paper fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; generation of energy from biomass; preparation of paper machine furnish from virgin or recycled fibers; production of paper, tissue paper, and board; calendering and coating of paper; and the handling of reject materials and sludges. Services include complete mill maintenance, equipment upgrades and rebuilds, engineered wear products, and spare parts.


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