Andritz to supply second fibre preparation system for insulation board to Gutex

From left to right: Oliver Bauch, plant and project manager, Gutex; Claudio Thoma, CEO of Gutex; Warda Khamis, project manager, Gutex; Wolfgang Lashofer, senior vice president and division manager of Paper, Fiber and Recycling Division, Andritz; Michael Rupp, vice president of Panelboard Systems, Andritz; Christian Rosypal, sales engineer, Andritz; Hannu Silventoinen, director of Sales and Marketing, Wood Processing, Andritz. (Photo: Andritz)

International technology group Andritz has received an order from Gutex, a manufacturer of wood fibre insulation products, to supply a second fibre preparation system for the production of insulation board in Eschbach, Germany. Start-up is scheduled for Q2 2023. The scope of supply comprises a complete fibre preparation line, including a debarking and chipping line, as well as the steel structure, piping material and installation work.

The new line will mainly process softwood chips as raw material. It also features several technological highlights, such as the wood processing technology for receiving of logs, an Andritz RotaBarker debarking system, and a horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper for consistently good chip quality at high production rates; a fully automatic chip storage system with reclaiming and screening equipment; a high-consistency refiner that ensures a constant refining gap for obtaining high fibre quality and low specific energy consumption; and a Steam Recovery System for recovery of surplus steam and greater thermal efficiency of the fibre preparation system.

Oliver Bauch, plant manager at Gutex, commented: “Climate-neutral production of our sustainable products is a further milestone in our company’s history that we want to achieve with reliable partners like Andritz.”

Michael Rupp, vice president for Panelboard Systems at the Andritz Paper, Fiber and Recycling Division, added, “I perceive and value Gutex as a customer that focuses on both innovative insulation board products and environmentally friendly manufacturing technologies. We are very proud to have the opportunity to install our complete front-end technology.”