New ANDRITZ line successfully produces first fibers for Pavatex, France

Successful production of first fibers at the insulation board production facility in Golbey, France © ANDRITZ

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International technology group ANDRITZ has delivered a second fiber production line to Pavatex, a member of Soprema Group.

The line, which includes a chip handling and pressurized refining system, has now successfully produced first fibers at the insulation board production facility in Golbey, France.

Pavatex has already been operating an ANDRITZ fiber production line at its Golbey facility since 2013. The latest expansion significantly enhances the mill's overall capacity and efficiency. ANDRITZ again offered a cleverly engineered solution that perfectly met the customer’s specific requirements, making optimum use of the available space in the facility.

The new line with a capacity of seven tons per hour processes a mixture of spruce and pine wood chips to produce wood fiber insulation for the building construction and renovation sector. The scope of supply included a pressurized refining system featuring an innovative 42/44-1CP refiner and a plug-screw feeder designed to optimize dewatering prior to refining. The overall system is known for its efficient pre-steaming and low specific energy consumption.

Established in 1908, Soprema Group, a key player in the construction sector producing waterproofing, insulating and roofing material, has offered biosourced insulation in wood fiber since the integration of Pavatex in 2016. Soprema operates 123 manufacturing plants and more than 120 subsidiaries worldwide.

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. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s business strategy and corporate culture. With its extensive portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, ANDRITZ aims to make the greatest possible contribution to a sustainable future and help its customers achieve their sustainability goals. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydropower and Environment & Energy. Technological leadership and global presence are cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 30,000 employees and over 280 locations in more than 80 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 increased production efficiency, lower overall operating costs as well as innovative decarbonization strategies and autonomous plant operation.

The product portfolio also includes boilers for power generation, various nonwoven technologies, and panelboard (MDF) production systems. With waste-to-value recycling, shredding and energy solutions, waste and by-product streams from production are converted into valuable secondary raw materials as well as into sustainable resources for energy generation. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.