Three new orders for world's most modern refractory plant

Riedhammer received a total of three orders for new plants under the project “Digital Flagship Plant Radenthein” from RHI Magnesita, the world market leader for refractory products. With the realization of this project, the plant in Carinthia/Austria will become one of the most modern refractory plants worldwide.


At the heart of the new infrastructure are a high-performance tunnel kiln and a pulse-fired shuttle kiln for custom-made products allowing to fire RHI Magnesita’s high-tech products at temperatures of more than 1800°C. The plant will be completed by a drier for special products.

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RUSAL-SAZ ABF-Modernisation

RUSAL to invest approximately 190 million dollars to modernize the production of electrodes (anodes) at SAZ smelter

RUSAL - a leading global aluminium producer, will invest approximately $190 million in modernizing the production of electrodes at its Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter (SAZ) between 2020 and 2023. In addition to the positive economic effect this investment will bring, the modernization program will also help reduce the smelter´s environmental impact.

The reconstruction of three anode-baking furnaces at SAZ will be carried out in line with the best eco-friendly technologies using equipment supplied by a German company, Riedhammer GmbH.

This project will significantly improve the quality of the anodes and the energy efficiency indicators. Moreover, the anode baking area will be equipped with the new digital systems, and the information on the operations of the three furnaces will be transmitted to a unified control panel.

"Today the Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter is one of RUSAL´s most modern and technologically advanced enterprises. In addition to increasing the energy efficiency of the smelter, the implementation of the project to modernize the production of electrodes will also contribute to reducing the impact of the plant on the environment. Moreover, upon completing the upgrade of the furnaces, SAZ will be able to increase the production of fired anodes for the Company´s smelters to secure the supply of our own high quality raw materials," said RUSAL´s CEO Evgenii Nikitin.

Source Rusal Press Release from 05. June 2020


Commissioning of a tempering kiln for Magnesia Carbon at Russian Magnezit Group

Riedhammer successfully commissioned a new tempering kiln for the production of Magnesia Carbon products for the Russian customer MAGNEZIT GROUP, one of the world's largest manufacturers of basic products.

This kiln, now in operation, is the first of two Riedhammer tempering kilns ordered for the main site of  MAGNEZIT GROUP in Satka.

The kiln plant is equipped with an integrated waste gas cleaning system with heat recovery, ensuring a high energy efficiency, and is designed for fully automatic operation.


Message from the managing director, Matthias Uhl


We are there for you as usual!

Dear Partner, Customer, Supplier,
Most important, first and foremost: We hope you and your family are doing well!
The COVID-19 health emergency is forcing governments around the world to make difficult decisions in order to limit the spread of infection and protect the health of everyone, especially those most at risk.
It is therefore our aim to prevent as much as possible the virus from spreading. Since the earliest phases of the crisis, RIEDHAMMER has taken all precautions to ensure that business continues to be carried out safely and that the health of our partners, customers, employees and suppliers is protected. At the same time, we do our best to keep our business operations running as well as possible and to comply with the assistance, service and delivery commitments worldwide. For this purpose, we have initiated numerous measures:
Home office workplaces have been set up for the majority of our employees worldwide. This applies to all administrative areas such as engineering teams, project management, sales, spare parts, service, marketing as well as finance and human resources. Despite the change of location, your contact partners will remain available under the contact options known to you – be it via e-mail, telephone or (video) conference software.
Due to border closings and travel warnings, our on-site activities are severely restricted in places. We have service staff in many countries and will try to support you on site as much as possible, provided that local travel restrictions allow this. Our remote maintenance is still there for you. For this, please contact our service department at service@riedhammer.de.
Our production sites and warehouses will continue to run until the local authorities order a stop. We have implemented appropriate measures at all of our locations and our employees are familiar with the new rules of conduct. Manufacturing is carried our worldwide in multi-shift operation and to the greatest extent possible. We do our best to ensure delivery dates and spare parts supply.
We thank you for your understanding and for the cooperative partnership in these difficult times for all of us. The entire RIEDHAMMER team wishes you, your family and your colleagues good health for the coming days and weeks.


Business year 2020 starts with new orders for foam glass production

Riedhammer started into the business year 2020 with several new orders, among them two new orders for kilns for the production of foam glass gravel. These kilns are intended for two production lines to be installed in the USA and four production lines to be realized in Great Britain. The orders were placed by the long-time German customer and partner with worldwide activities in the foam glass sector. In 2019 Riedhammer already dismounted a kiln in Germany which will be reinstalled in the USA. Together with the two lines already delivered by Riedhammer in 2016 and 2017 as well as the new plants ordered in 2020, the US operator will become one of the largest foam glass producers worldwide operating a total of five production lines. The design of the kiln plants for foam glass gravel is based again on the advanced Riedhammer kiln technology, durable solutions and continuous in-house development and enhancement of the plant technology, a philosophy that surely played a major role for the contract award.


Riedhammer and TALCO Signed a Contract for Anode Baking Furnace Renovation

Managing Director of Riedhammer, Mr. Matthias Uhl, and CEO of SUE TALCO, Mr. Sherali Kabirov, signed a contract for the renovation of an anode baking furnace in conjunction with a modernisation  and expansion project of the aluminium smelter located in Tursunzade, Tajikistan. In the same context contracts were also signed between TALCO and the French industrial group Fives. Over a long period Fives accomplished a lot of preparatory work, involving also important diplomatic and financial contacts to the project. Accordingly, the contract signing ceremony was held in Paris on November 7, 2019, associated with the visit and meeting of Tajikistan president Emomali Rakhmon with French president Emmanuel Macron.

Fives and Riedhammer (RH) will execute this project in close cooperation and together with the contracting body, State Unitary Enterprise TALCO (Tajik Aluminium Company), RH being responsible for basic design, engineering, material supply and supervision of the furnace renovation, Fives for supply and installation of equipment such as firing system, multi-purpose crane, anode transport system, fume gas treatment system as well as refurbishment of the anode rodding shop, and TALCO will undertake all peripheral work.

As the aluminium smelter in Tursunzade is one of the most important industrial complexes in the Republic of Tajikistan the project also benefits from a strong political support. The plant, which was established in the Seventies, once produced nearly half a million tons of aluminium, but nowadays only has a remaining output of about 100.000 tons due to diverse negative impacts over the last decades. With the first modernisation step that has been launched the production shall be increased to 300.000 tons of aluminium and in a following second step the newly reached output shall be doubled.

Based on state-of-the-art technology, electricity based on 100% hydropower and the low priced manpower, this smelter will once be known as one of the most economically efficient and ecological facilities of this industry worldwide. Many jobs can be preserved, new ones will be created and TALCO will henceforth play an important role in the international market. Riedhammer with its leading baking furnace technology is proud to make an essential contribution to this success story.


Inauguration of new RIEDHAMMER furnace at EPM NEP Novocherkassk Plant

Novocherkassk, November 22, 2019. At the ENERGOPROM Novocherkassk Electrode Plant (a company of the EPM Group), the ceremonial commissioning of the modern RIEDHAMMER furnace took place.

The symbolic start button was pressed by Viktor Evtukhov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Andrey Saveliev, Acting Minister of Industry and Energy of the Rostov Region, Oleg Fomichev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the EPM Group, Viktor Nechuyatov, CEO EPM Group, and Evgeny Churikov, Managing Director of EPM-NEZ .

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Viktor Evtukhov noted, "The launch of the new furnace is an important step in the implementation of the large-scale investment program of the Russian industrial EPM Group, which it implements under a special investment contract with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and the Government of the Rostov Region."

The RIEDHAMMER 24 section ring pit furnace is twice as technically advanced as its current counterparts in terms of performance, environment, automation and service life.

EPM Group CEO Viktor Nechuatov stressed, "We did not allow ourselves any compromises during the implementation of this project, all the materials and technologies used here are the most advanced. But we are not going to stop there, and next year, we plan to continue modernization of our primary production area, mills, as well as graphitization and rebaking furnaces."

Managing Director of EPM-NEP Evgeny Churikov noted that the commissioning of the RIEDHAMMER furnace in the firing workshop was the largest investment project of the company's technical upgrading program. The project was implemented on schedule in record time, being a vivid example of the productive cooperation with the company’s German partner RIEDHAMMER.

(Photo: Source - EPM Novocherkassk)

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