International technology Group ANDRITZ has opened a new, state-of-the-art test and research center for the recycling industry in St. Michael, Upper Styria, Austria.
Thus, ANDRITZ is not only extending its product and service portfolio for its recycling customers worldwide but also significantly expanding its research and development activities in the recycling sector through close collaboration with the University of Leoben (Montanuniversität Leoben).
The new ANDRITZ Recycling Technology Center – the ART-Center– has been equipped with innovative shredder technology from the ANDRITZ ADuro product line that was presented recently, and it enables customers to conduct recycling tests under real plant conditions with industrial-scale equipment. The ADuro shredders can be used for primary and for secondary shredding as well as for fine granulation and dismantling of composite materials. As a result, tests are possible with very different waste streams and complete recycling processes can be replicated.
“We know how important it is to improve processes and products on a continuous basis. That is why we are also offering our customers the opportunity to experiment with new machines and configurations in the ART-Center in order to find the best possible solution for the respective need,” explains Michael Waupotitsch, Vice President Reject & Recycling at ANDRITZ. The new technology center covers a total area of 3,600 m2 and is available to recycling customers from different industries as well as to research and development organizations.
The same site also accommodates the newly opened Digital Waste Research Lab of the University of Leoben – a research center for waste processing and waste management. The collaboration between ANDRITZ and the University of Leoben creates synergies between research and industry in order to develop technologies and products for the future needs of the recycling industry. “A recycling-oriented circular economy is a response to our environmental problems. New, innovative sorting and processing technologies can convert more and more of our waste into useful secondary raw materials,” adds Dr. Roland Pomberger, Professor at the University of Leoben and Head of the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management.
“With the new research center of leading company ANDRITZ, the Green Tech Valley is continuing to grow. There are already 20 technology leaders and 1,800 university researchers working jointly on solutions for climate protection and the circular economy at this new innovation center in southern Austria,” says Bernhard Puttinger, General Manager of Green Tech Cluster.
International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. The global product and service portfolio is rounded off with plants for power generation, recycling, the production of nonwovens and panelboard, as well as automation and digital solutions offered under the brand name of Metris. The publicly listed group today has around 27,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.
The ANDRITZ plant range offers recycling solutions for a wide variety of different applications: Electronic and electrical waste, refrigerators, cables and flexible wires, metals, end-of-life vehicle parts like oil filters, engine blocks and tires, household, industrial, organic and wood waste as well as rejects from the pulp and paper industry. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment.