PolyMet Solutions GmbH
A 50/50 Joint Venture between Mettop and SMS Group for Non-Ferrous Industry
SMS group GmbH, Germany, and Mettop GmbH, Austria founded the joint venture "PolyMet Solutions GmbH" with its headquarter in Leoben, Austria in May 2016.
The aim and goal of PolyMet Solutions is the combination of both, the superior process know-how and innovative components supply of Mettop GmbH in the non-ferrous metals area and the plant engineering and supply capabilities of the SMS group GmbH.
PolyMet Solutions offers complete designs and layouts for primary smelters, converters (including an optimised Peirce Smith converter design) and anode furnaces in the copper industry. Together with SMS Group and Mettop it will thus be possible to supply complete process routes, extending as far as electrolysis and the subsequent processing of semi-finished products.
PolyMet Solutions will expand its range of products and services for planning and supply of equipment and facilities also to the producers of lead, zinc, tin and other non-ferrous metals.
Thinking out of the box
Installation of a Parallel Flow Device in a Pickling Tank
In September 2016, at Böhler Bleche GmbH & Co KG, Mürzzuschlag, Austria, a total new and innovative approach of using the parallel flow device (PFD) has been realised.
For a better movement and hence improved kinetics of the pickling process, the acid is circulated via a parallel flow device through a row of nozzles. This ensures a perfectly guided flow for creating a more homogeneous acid distribution. The altogether 16 nozzles ensure the flow perfectly in between each steel sheet and can improve productivity and more uniform surface quality.
Mettop GmbH, founded in 2005, is an independent Austrian engineering company, specialised in design, optimisation, and engineering of technologies for metallurgical processes. Mettop is active in the field of pyro- as well as hydrometallurgy of non-ferrous metals and started recently also with innovative cooling for the iron and steel industry.
The scope of services comprises optimisation solutions in the area of furnace integrity, combining refractory selection and layout, gas purging systems, and cooling elements. In the field of hydrometallurgy, a new electrolysis technology - the METTOP-BRX Technology - was developed and is in operation that allows an acceleration of the electrolytic refining of up to 50 percent.
For all metallurgical aggregates and equipment, Mettop developed the new and water-free cooling technology ILTEC, which uses an ionic liquid as cooling medium for creating new pathways towards safe and efficient cooling for the entire metallurgical industry.
In addition, Mettop is also internationally active in terms of technical consulting (process optimisation) and operator training for customers in the non-ferrous Metals industry. Mettop can also assist in the optimisation of the risk management of metallurgical plants.