Andritz to supply pressurised refining system to Sonae Arauco

From left: Michael Rupp, vice-president Panelboard, Andritz; Christian Rosypal, sales manager Panelboard, Andritz; Pedro Marujo, Industrial Strategy, Technology & Projects, Sonae Arauco; Paulo Pinto Sousa, director, Sonae Arauco; Irma Stoffelen, procurement specialist & team leader, Sonae Arauco; Sami Mrad, regional procurement manager – Europe, Sonae Arauco; Winfried Farwick, Sonae Arauco; Frank Guennemann, project manager, Sonae Arauco (Image: Andritz)

International technology group Andritz has announced they will supply a pressurised refining system to Sonae Arauco Deutschland’s mill in Meppen, Germany, to produce wood-based insulation products.

According to Andritz, this will be the 15th insulation board production line equipped with an Andritz pressurised refining system.

The new line will process a mixture of wood chips from different types of timber to produce insulation boards for the construction industries. Start-up is scheduled for 2025.

Bernd Runge, construction system project manager, Sonae Arauco Deutschland, said: “The fibre preparation systems from Andritz offer significant economic and environmental benefits. We are confident that Andritz’s advanced technology will meet our requirements and ensure the production of high-quality insulation products.”

At the heart of the new line will be a highly efficient pressurised refining system featuring a 44-1CP single disc refiner and a 14in plug screw feeder to ensure improved fiber quality with reduced electrical and thermal energy consumption. The scope of supply also includes a C-feeder and a pressurised digester with counterflow and steam regulation system.

With 23 industrial and commercial units in nine countries and about 2,600 employees, Sonae Arauco is one of the world’s largest producers of wood-based panels.