In 2017, the Andritz Group has over 25,000 employees at 250 locations in over 40 countries. The international technology group is a world market leader for the supply of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, and for animal feed and biomass pelleting. In addition to turnkey hydropower plants, Andritz develops and manufactures high-quality large and standard pumps for many different industries and applications worldwide. These include pumps for large infrastructure projects for irrigation, desalination, and drinking water supply, for drainage of mines, as well as for the pulp and paper and the food industry.
In addition to the turbine engineering department, the pumps sector is one of the divisions with a very long tradition within the company. Andritz pump engineers have been demonstrating for more than a century that tradition and innovation do not mutually exclude one another. On the contrary, the many years of experience in building hydraulic machines and the entire process know-how available form the basis for the high standard of Andritz pumps technology today. For example, the division presented the HP 43, one of the most efficient high-pressure pumps currently available, only last year. With an efficiency of up to 90 percent, this newly designed series has its place in the premium sector. Behind it lie centuries of product experience, a globally operating technology network, and use of the very latest simulation and test stand technology. Because its efficiency is well above the industry average, the new high-pressure pump also has a strictly ecological orientation. In times of switching to renewable energy resources, this provides significant savings potential in terms of energy consumption and thus also costs. In this regard, it can certainly be referred to as a “green” pump.
Progress and expansion right from the beginning
The efforts of the Andritz Pumps Division to always provide innovative pump technology can be traced back to the beginnings of the company. In 1852, the company’s founder, Josef Körösi, set up an iron foundry in Andritz, which at the time was a suburb of Graz, capital of the Austrian province of Styria, and laid the foundation for today’s Andritz GROUP. Soon after the company was established, the original program of metal goods was extended to also include water turbines and pumps. Around the turn of the twentieth century, this product range was enlarged once again when pumps for use in water works and pumping equipment for coal mines were added. Then Andritz gained market leadership in the construction of high-pressure centrifugal pumps, which were so reliable that they were used in almost all of the large coal mines in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
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