Announced in a press release by Siempelkamp, Büttner, a company of Siempelkamp that provides energy systems, burners and drying systems, and NEW eco-tec, a Germany-based belt dryer supplier, will cooperate to pool their dryer specialty to achieve a common goal of expanding their portfolios and meeting customer requirements with the appropriate dryer for the wood-based panel industry.
“The processing of waste or other recycling streams, and thus resource efficiency, as well as the use of process heat at a low temperature level are enjoying an ever increasing importance,” said Andreas Klug, managing director of Büttner. “In this respect, we are pleased to add an important component to the overall plant competence of the Siempelkamp Group through our new partnership with NEW eco-tec, in addition to the business area expansion for Büttner.”
Belt dryers from NEW eco-tec are characterised by their design and air flow, and they dry a variety of products, such as feed stocks for pellet production, digestate, sludge, various waste fractions, or fuels for biomass heating plants.
They are ideally suited for drying sawdust and wood chips, bark and oriented-strand board (OSB) strands. NEW eco-tec also manufactures containerised modular design: the drying systems are integrated into containers that plant operators can place in a modular system. This means that the belt dryers can not only be expanded as required, they can also be transported easily and, if necessary, the location can also be changed with little effort.
A common denominator with Siempelkamp stands out in the commitment to make rapidly regenerating raw materials, woody plants from short-rotation plantations or recycling streams usable for wood-based panel production.
“We have made it our business to utilise, valorise and utilise biomass, recyclables and waste in a meaningful way. That is why we develop sustainable process technology individually adapted to the specifications and wishes of our customers,” said Sebastian Bergler, managing director of NEW eco-tec.
Despite the challenges posed by COVID-related travel restrictions, the first projects have been initiated. Hans Hiermeier and Carsten Otto, sales managers at NEW eco-tec and Büttner respectively, concluded: “The sales teams of both companies are already working together on promising projects from both the wood-based panel industry and the biomass and waste recycling sectors. There is mutual demand for drying technology in this regard, and in addition, projects in which belt and drum dryers can be combined are also increasingly coming into focus.
“The networks and representations of both companies will be fully utilised for our cooperation and already now we estimate the worldwide potential as very promising.”