«Probably the largest briquetting plant in the world»
Alluding perhaps to a famous Danish beer brand, fellow Danes from briquetting technology providers C.F Nielsen are supplying the press lines to the plant. The delivery also includes some newly developed technology as CEO Mogens Slot Knudsen explains.
The press photo shows an impressive line-up of new briquetting presses, twelve in total, under installation has been in circulation for a while but the location of the client had remained undisclosed.
Given the production scale of around 100.000 tons of briquettes per year and the fierce competition for sawmill residues inside much of Europe, one could reasonably assume a client outside Europe.
Not so. As Mogens Slot Knudsen, CEO for C.F. Nielsen, recently revealed the client is in fact a German wood processing company, HIT HoltzIndustrie Torgau OHG and that the plant once at full production will be «probably the largest briquetting plant in the world».
Based in Torgau, close to Leipzig in Northern Saxony, Germany the company operates an integrated sawmill and wood processing plant producing wood pallets along with packaging components and garden wood products such as fencing stakes. Part of the Hilmer- Lippmann Group, the Torgau site was acquired in 1998 and in recent years production capacity has been ramped up to process close to 1 million m3 small and medium diameter softwood logs.
The group also runs own harvesting and haulage crews, and has long-term harvesting contracts with forest owners in the region. The new briquetting plant will use residues from pallet production to produce consumer grade briquettes. Production is expected to begin within a few months. Apart from C.F Nielsen other well known technology suppliers Vecoplan, Stela and Transnova RUF are involved in the project.