ANDRITZ to supply VIB moisturizing technology for Xianhe Group in Hubei Province, China


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International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Xianhe Co., Ltd., in Hubei Province, China, for the supply of VIB moisturizing technology for two new paper machines.

The plants will supply 300 t/day décor paper with a machine speed of 1,000 m/min and a paper width of 3,860 mm. The equipment installation is expected to be completed during the second half of 2023.

The air water spray will be installed below the last cooling cylinder to increase the paper moisture up to 3.5% with a 2-sigma value below 0.1%. The VIB MoistureTech will be installed before the machine calender to ensure highest paper quality standards. Precise steam application and the unique design comprising dwell zone provide best paper parameters for efficient calendering. The VIB MoistureTech is not only used for decor paper but also for conditioning and curl control on laminated grades and silicone papers.

The scope of supply also comprised spray boom with 80 nozzles, air and water supply, edge trim control, VIB MoistureTech with 2 x 30 zones, steam supply including desuperheater system as well as the corresponding CD control hard- and software and control cabinets. ANDRITZ will execute installation supervision, start up and performance optimization.

During the last decade, ANDRITZ has already supplied VIB technology successfully for several paper machines of Xianhe Group. Considering the experience with ANDRITZ VIB this new order placement was corollary to strengthen the long-lasting partnership between ANDRITZ and Xianhe Group.

As a world market leader, ANDRITZ offers steam-profiling solutions for the entire paper machine and paper moisturizing technology to improve the sheet’s cross-directional moisture profile.

Xianhe Co., Ltd. is the leading enterprise of specialty paper in China and one of the largest enterprises in the research and development and production of functional materials in China. It has the production capacity of the whole industrial chain including forest land, chemical industry, pulp making, energy, logistics, and paper products. The company invested 10 billion RMB in Shishou, Hubei Province with an annual output of 2.5 million tons of pulp and paper, so called "high-performance new material recycling economy" project.

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydro, and Separation. Technological leadership, global presence and sustainability are the cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 27,900 employees and over 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides sustainable technology, automation, and service solutions for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency, lower overall operating costs as well as innovative decarbonization strategies and autonomous plant operation. Boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, various nonwoven technologies, panelboard (MDF) production systems, as well as recycling and shredding solutions for numerous waste materials also form a part of this business area. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.