A sintering plant owned and run by voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz, Austria, has taken delivery of a new Aumund Fordertechnik rotary discharge machine, type LOUISE, having used similar machinesfor the past 40 years.

The Austrian steelmaker, a leading European player and a subsidiary of voestalpine AG, has relied upon four LOUISE machines, supplied by Aumund, to extract raw materials and has now replaced one of them.

According to Aumund, the new rotary discharge machine is a BEW-FLS type LOUISE designed for restricted environments and equipped with a slewing discharge arm. It has an extraction capacity of 1,500 tonnes/hr.

"Repeat orders like this are a great testament to the durability of our machines," said Dr. Rainer Bertling, sales director of the metallurgy division of Rheinberg-based Aumund.

voestalpine Stahl's fully integrated steel mill in Linz has every stage of the steelmaking process on one site, from coking and sintering plants to the blast furnace, steel plant, hot-rolling and cold-rolling mills as well as galvanising and strip coating.