Plansee invests in new sintering facility

October 10, 2019

Plansee invests in new sintering facility
From left to right: Reinhard Wörle (Project Coordination), Gerhard Sprenger (Construction Manager), Wolfgang Köck (Managing Director of Plansee SE), Karlheinz Wex (Member of the Executive Board at the Plansee Group), Ulrich Lausecker (Managing Director of Plansee SE), Franz Insam (Erdbau Specht), Nikolaus Reinfried (Project Manager) at the ground-breaking ceremony (Courtesy Plansee Group)

Plansee Group, headquartered in Reutte, Austria, is investing in a new sintering facility that it states will allow it to ‘press and sinter under one roof’. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new sintering facility took place in September. 

According to the group, the new plant is the culmination of many years of preparation, including the development of new processes and technologies reported to have been extensively trialled in test facilities. Its engineers are said to have been particularly keen to reduce the volume of raw materials it uses, increase material quality, and reduce sources of errors through automation in order to make production faster and more reliable.

Another focus of the development is said to be to save energy. To achieve this goal, hydrogen used in the sintering equipment at the new facility is to be recycled and the cooling water to be used to heat other parts of the factory.

Although the group has not yet confirmed any further information about the facility, Plansee reports that it is investing several tens of millions of euros in the new plant, along with all the associated equipment and new technological developments. Ulrich Lausecker, Plansee’s Managing Director, commented, “Construction of our new sintering plant will allow us to elevate our production to a new level of quality and to save energy and material.”

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