Lapua Chains and ANDRITZ have made a large contract that covers over 5 kilometres of heavy conveyor chains. ANDRITZ, headquartered in Graz, Austria, is a globally leading supplier of machines and systems for the pulp and paper and other major industries. Considering the chain delivery, this particular project is very similar to a project done with Metsä Group Äänekoski in 2016. According to Topi Pienimäki, the sales and marketing manager of Lapua Chains, the chain version made for Metsä Group Äänekoski is being used in this upcoming delivery as well.
ANDRITZ is building a whole new wood processing factory for a Russian pulp factory Ilim Pulp, located in Bratsk, Siberia. The wood processing is done in the beginning of pulp manufacturing, that is when the logs are being debarked and chipped. The chains that will be delivered to the factory will be transporting logs to the debarking drum, and from there they will proceed to chipping. This current project includes three debarking lines, a chipping line as well as comprehensive chipper handling and storage systems, all delivered by ANDRITZ.
According to Tomi Ulvila, the product development and quality control manager of Lapua Chains, the place where the chain is being used is very demanding. This is due to an extremely heavy load and wearing environment. Lapua Chains has been working in cooperation with ANDRITZ for over 20 years, and together they have designed a conveyor chain particularly for this use.
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