ANDRITZ MeWa develops and manufactures recycling machines and complete solutions for the recycling of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), refrigerators, oil filters, household- and domestic waste (RDF), used tires and much more. Innovative standard solutions as well as our individually tailor-made solutions convince with profitability, efficiency and reliability. The key to the success of the complete plants are our recycling machines for the primary shredding and granulating as well as our process know-how of over 30 years. ANDRITZ MeWa supports its customers in realizing their plans and meeting their individual requirements economically, efficiently and exactly. The goal is to re-use the recycling material as new raw materials, like pure metals and plastics, and to substitute fuels and bioenergy.

Company details

Herdweg 4 , Gechingen , D – 75391 Germany

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Recycling Systems
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1985
Employees:
11-100

Recycling machines and custom-made recycling solutions

ANDRITZ MeWa develops and manufactures recycling machines and complete solutions for the recycling of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), refrigerators, oil filters, household- and domestic waste (RDF), used tires and much more.

Innovative standard solutions as well as our individually tailor-made solutions convince with profitability, efficiency and reliability. The key to the success of the complete plants are our recycling machines for the primary shredding and granulating as well as our process know-how of over 30 years.

ANDRITZ MeWa supports its customers in realizing their plans and meeting their individual requirements economically, efficiently and exactly. The goal is to re-use the recycling material as new raw materials, like pure metals and plastics, and to substitute fuels and bioenergy.

ANDRITZ MeWa recycling machines: flexible, highly productive and reliable

The ANDRITZ MeWa machine range consists of different special aggregates, which perform their work in the complete recycling process: in the primary shredding, the secondary shredding and the fine granulation as well as the breaking up of material composites and making recyclable material accessible at the same time.

Every kind of material demands a very special treatment, for which ANDRITZ MeWa has developed optimized technologies for their effective and efficient treatment. All recycling machines are characterized by their flexibility, efficiency and reliability and process the input material to pure, valuable substances combined with a high throughput.

ANDRITZ MeWa is one of the leading e-scrap recycling manufacturers in Europe. We are setting benchmarks according to the EU regulations regarding the complete recycling of electrical and electronic scrap (WEEE directive). The core of the ANDRITZ MeWa e-scrap facilities is the proven Cross-flow shredder QZ. This technology works like a “Hurricane” and is for decomposition of any kind of material compounds – and especially for WEEE. It is a unique and cost-effective system, and it offers high availability, low maintenance and wear and tear costs, and the lowest electrical consumption in the industry.

The latest facility was a combined e-scrap and refrigerator recycling plant in Hungary. The plant is designed to recycle 20,000 tons of electrical and electronic scrap as well as over 150,000 devices of refrigeration units a year to meet the very latest European environmental standards and with a recycling quota in the region of 95%.

ANDRITZ MeWa guarantees smooth operation and expert installation of its systems and equipment. We achieve perfection through responsible actions on all levels:

Technology: We always provide our clients with state-of-the-art technology in order for them to meet specific requirements. Our technical and development centre is constantly researching so we can implement improved and optimised processes.

Economy: There are comparatively lower operation costs involved when using our high-quality products. The quality is observable in the construction materials and technology employed. For example, the Cross-Flow Shredder (QZ) operates without subjecting any cutting elements to wear and tear.

Ecology: Our machinery and systems promote long-lasting ecology. In addition to the ecological advantages of our products, our low-resource production contributes positively to environmental protection. This is why through every new development - whether machines, systems or technological processes - we take the environmental impact into consideration.

Sociology: Our main focus is humanitarian, since the high-quality products and services provided by our company over the decades have been achieved by specialised, highly motivated employees. All work places are provided with correspondingly adequate security standards. Moreover, they are equipped to ensure unhindered and ergonomic working conditions. This pleasant working atmosphere contributes positively to the daily routine. Thanks to our participation in international trade fairs - ANDRITZ MeWa systems technology can be found in over 40 nations - intercultural communication and understanding is very important to us.

Company profile: worldwide presence

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of almost 25,000 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.

Strategy: global market leadership

1. Extend position in Europe and North America, make use of opportunities in South America and Asia
All four ANDRITZ business areas serve markets with long-term and sustained growth potential. Within these markets, the Group focuses on rapidly growing segments, for example the supply of plants and equipment to generate renewable energy from hydropower or biomass. In terms of global regions, this means that the ANDRITZ GROUP is extending its existing position in Europe and North America and making use of the growth and sales opportunities in the emerging markets of South America and Asia.

2. Global and local customer proximity

The ANDRITZ GROUP is globally present. Customers benefit from this network through the global ANDRITZ know-how on the one hand and the local proximity of ANDRITZ on the other hand. Based on this mixture of global and local customer proximity, the Group supports customers in achieving their goals in terms of productivity, profitability, and sustainability.

3. Technological and cost leadership

ANDRITZ relies on technological and cost leadership in order to safeguard its market position and make use of opportunities for growth. As part of its organic expansion, ANDRITZ invests an average of 3% of its annual sales in research and development in order to be the preferred supplier in terms of technology and costs. The main priority is to develop customized technologies that enhance the productivity of customers’ plants, minimize operating costs, and maximize energy efficiency and environmental protection. In addition, ANDRITZ is constantly seeking to improve internal cost structures through operational and organizational measures. These include regional and logistical optimization of manufacturing capacities, pooling of procurement activities, as well as cost discipline both in operating units and central functions across the Group. ANDRITZ also aims to continue its growth externally and is looking for companies that complement the existing product and service portfolio. The goal is to be a single-source supplier with full-line capabilities in all business areas.

Vision: market leadership in sustainable technologies

The ANDRITZ GROUP has the goal of achieving market leadership in all of the markets it serves and of strengthening and extending its current top position on the market. At the same time, the Group aims to continue its longterm, profitable growth. ANDRITZ intends to achieve this goal by offering the best technologies available on the market and providing products and services that create sustained economic, social, and ecological benefits for customers, for society, and for the environment.

Long-term profitability

The ANDRITZ GROUP has been pursuing a strategy of long-term, profitable growth for many years. Organic growth, complementary acquisitions, and a solid balance sheet structure are the fundamental cornerstones to reach the financial targets set. ANDRITZ has been able to increase its sales by an annual average of about 14% since 2000 and step-bystep its profitability (EBITA margin) at the same time. Whereas the EBITA margin averaged 5.3% from 2000 to 2004, it rose to 6.0% between 2005 and 2009. The goal set in 2010 of increasing the EBITA margin to 7% was achieved in 2010, 2011, and 2012. However, due to provisions and expenses for cost overruns in connection with deliveries for a pulp mill in South America, there was a significant decline in profitability in 2013. In 2014, a significant improvement in earnings and profitability was achieved. The medium-term goal for the coming years is to increase the EBITA margin to 7-8% in step with the planned sales growth.

Sustainability has always been an integrated part of ANDRITZ’s corporate policy. It is reflected in the daily work of each ANDRITZ employee as well as in the management principles and business relationships implemented within the Group.

At ANDRITZ, sustainability is a decisive factor in order to be successful in the long term. It is an important element of the company’s corporate policy and strategy.

All business decisions and measures follow the tenets and principles of sustainable development. ANDRITZ works continuously to improve and optimize its actions geared towards economic, ecological, and social sustainability and tries to satisfy the goals and expectations of the various stakeholder groups as best possible, thus creating added value.

The most important stakeholders for ANDRITZ are:

  • Employees
  • Customers and business partners
  • Suppliers
  • Shareholders
  • Press and the media
  • Science and research
  • Governments and authorities
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

To further extend the Group’s technological leadership, products and processes are improved and further developed in the ANDRITZ research centers. The main goal is to develop customized technologies, which are developed in close cooperation with our customers.

The ANDRITZ organic growth is based strongly on research and development. Total Group expenditure for research and development, including contract-related developments, amount to approximately 3% of annual sales. About 1,000 people are working in ANDRITZ research center worldwide. ANDRITZ has approximately 5,700 patents and patent applications, and some 1,100 patented and registered brands.

Important focuses in the development of new and innovative technologies are

  • higher environmental protection
  • reducing the input of energy and resources in the production of machinery and plants, and
  • extending their life cycle

In this way, ANDRITZ helps its customers worldwide to comply with environmental specifications in the best possible way and to generate economic value added by reducing costs and increasing productivity. Contract-related development work is often conducted in collaboration with customers.

Hand crafting

Every day, more than 7,000 ANDRITZ employees are working hands-on in 70 manufacturing and service locations worldwide to produce custom-tailored key components as well as wear and spare parts to suit individual customer requirements for ANDRITZ systems and equipment.

Around two-thirds of the manufacturing staff work in Europe and North America, and one-third in the emerging countries of Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe. They are assisted by trained temporary staff.

ANDRITZ manufacturing focuses particularly on the production of key components critical to technology and quality. Everything else is largely purchased from qualified suppliers who are subjected to regular quality checks and on-time performance monitoring. With this proven make-or-buy strategy, it is easier to deal with changes in capacity utilization and ensure optimum use of own manufacturing capacities.

All manufacturing locations undergo continuous further development so that they can offer customers the best possible technologies. Investments concentrate on building up and expanding manufacturing capacities in the emerging countries of Asia and South America, as well as in Central and Eastern Europe on the one hand, and on modernizing existing locations in Central Europe and North America on the other.

ANDRITZ applies well-established quality assurance and integrated management systems to meet customers’ requirements and legal stipulations.

Quality management at ANDRITZ  means: quality of products, quality of processes, and quality in safety and environmental issues. With a global quality management system, we ensure that our customers all over the world receive high-quality, reliable products and solutions. We are well aware that our machines and equipment have to function safely and efficiently for decades. Furthermore, our quality management system defines fully developed business processes that help us to execute our orders efficiently and ensure that we meet our delivery dates. Safety and environmental protection on job sites are major objectives at ANDRITZ. This is why we have also defined global standards in these areas and use these as a basis for planning and implementing adequate safety and environmental measures for each individual project. These measures are aimed at preventing accidents and ensuring prompt and suitable action in critical situations.

Global standards

Our quality management system is implemented at ANDRITZ locations and ensures uniform product and order execution standards worldwide. Accredited certification partners conduct certification audits at the locations and confirm effective and consistent implementation of the quality standards in the certificates issued, e.g. ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, and ISO 14001.

From a small iron foundry to a globally leading technology group

The cornerstone of today’s international technology Group ANDRITZ was laid in 1852 when a small iron foundry was set up in Graz, Austria. The milestones in the history of ANDRITZ are outlined here.

1852-1900: beginnings as an iron foundry

ANDRITZ AG has its origins in an iron foundry that was established in 1852 by the Hungarian entrepreneur Josef Körösi in Andritz, a suburb of the city of Graz. Soon after its foundation, the company’s production program was extended to include large capital goods, such as cranes, pumps, water turbines, and later also bridges, steam boilers and engines, as well as mining equipment.

1900: ANDRITZ becomes a stock corporation

1900-1946: World Wars and the Great Depression

At the end of the First and Second World Wars and during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, ANDRITZ’s production came to a standstill, but the company’s dedicated management and employees succeeded each time in making a new start.

1946-1980: growth and new products

In 1949, ANDRITZ began a lasting cooperation with the Escher Wyss Group of Switzerland, initially in the water turbines sector. The product portfolio of ANDRITZ was revised: Production of steam engines and air compressors came to an end, and the focus shifted towards water turbines, centrifugal pumps, cranes, and steel structures. In 1951, ANDRITZ embarked on the production of complete paper machines in cooperation with Escher Wyss.

In 1950, Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Austria acquired a majority interest in ANDRITZ.

During the 1960s and 1970s, ANDRITZ continued to grow. The production shops were extended, new machines purchased, and research and development activities intensified. Electrochemical and metallurgical equipment were added to the production program.

1980s: crisis and recovery

The second global oil crisis and worldwide economic stagnation in the early 1980s caused a drop in ANDRITZ’s order intake and the company was operating at a loss, but Austrian government subsidies and drastic rationalization measures enabled the company to survive.

In 1987, AGIV AG, an investment company in Frankfurt, Germany, acquired a majority stake in ANDRITZ. ANDRITZ began to change its strategic direction, from being a licensee of other equipment manufacturers to become a leading international supplier of its own high-tech production systems.

Since 1990: growth through acquisitions and research & development

In 1990, the acquisition of Sprout-Bauer, a US company supplying equipment for mechanical pulp and animal feed production, marked the beginning of the Group’s successful expansion policy through acquisitions. Complementary acquisitions, in addition to organic growth that is mainly driven by research and development, have been an important driver of company growth ever since.

Since 1990, ANDRITZ has acquired and integrated more than 60 companies, pursuing its policy of complementary acquisitions. The largest transactions in terms of sales were the acquisition of Ahlstrom Machinery Group in 2000/2001 (making ANDRITZ a globally leading supplier of pulp production systems) and VA TECH HYDRO in 2006 (advancing ANDRITZ to a globally leading supplier of electromechanical equipment for hydropower plants).

1999: change of ownership

AGIV AG sold its shareholding in ANDRITZ to a consortium of investment companies (The Carlyle Group, GE Capital, Unternehmensinvest AG, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG) and the Custos private foundation (established by Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ).

2001/2003: listing on the Stock Exchange

In 2001, ANDRITZ went public on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Two million new shares were placed successfully with national and international investors.

2003 saw the Secondary Placing of ANDRITZ shares on the Vienna stock exchange. The financial investors sold their entire shareholdings in ANDRITZ, which resulted in a rise in free float to over 70%.

Growth through acquisitions and research & development

In 1990, the acquisition of Sprout-Bauer, a US company supplying equipment for mechanical pulp and animal feed production, marked the beginning of the Group’s successful expansion policy through acquisitions. Complementary acquisitions, in addition to organic growth that is mainly driven by research and development, have been an important driver of company growth ever since.

Since 1990, ANDRITZ has acquired and integrated almost 70 companies, pursuing its policy of complementary acquisitions. The largest transactions in terms of sales were the acquisitions of Ahlstrom Machinery Group in 2000/2001 (making ANDRITZ a globally leading supplier of pulp production systems), of VA TECH HYDRO in 2006 (advancing ANDRITZ to a globally leading supplier of electromechanical equipment for hydropower plants), and of more than 95% of Schuler, the world market leader in forming technology, in 2013.

ANDRITZ today

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.