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Andritz strengthens service in Canada with Tristar acquisition


October 25, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Machinery manufacturer Andritz has acquired the assets of Tristar Industries Ltd., a rebuild and manufacturing facility. Andritz will operate the former Tristar facility in Delta, B.C., as the Delta Service Centre for its pulp and paper service…

Machinery manufacturer Andritz has acquired the assets of Tristar Industries Ltd., a rebuild and manufacturing facility. Andritz will operate the former Tristar facility in Delta, B.C., as the Delta Service Centre for its pulp and paper service business.

According to Carl Luhrmann, senior vice-president of Andritz Inc. in North America, the location in Delta is ideal for servicing customers in the northwest. Andritz has been performing rebuilds and other manufacturing for many years in the U.S. at its Pell City, Alabama, facility, which was recently expanded.

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“We have anticipated the rapidly rising transportation costs and other logistical issues, and have been looking for a facility in the Northwest,” Luhrmann says. “This acquisition is a good fit for us. The experienced employees, reputation, and geographic location of the Tristar operation make it ideal for servicing customers in the Western United States and Canada.”

The Delta Service Centre will be dedicated to supporting rebuilds of pulp and paper equipment such as continuous digesters, M&D digesters, vacuum washers, twin roll presses, Compaction Baffle FiltersTM, thick stock pumps, and recausticizing filters. Andritz Service Account Managers will continue to be the customer’s single point of contact for all Andritz products.

In addition to rebuilds, ANDRITZ has developed several new technologies for vacuum washers that have been manufactured in the south which have been very popular with customers. “With a quality manufacturing facility in the Northwest, we will now be able to offer these technologies to this region,” Luhrmann adds.

Andritz will also be able to utilize Tristar capabilities to expand its services. As an example, Tristar had excellent capabilities in the area of Clove-RotorTM pump rebuilds. Andritz will utilize the drawings, patterns, machining capabilities, and expertise to quickly establish Pell City as its southern service center for Clove-RotorTM pump rebuilds.


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