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Iron ore pelletising and beneficiation plants: Primetals and NewFer sign cooperation

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Iron ore pelletising and beneficiation plants: Primetals and NewFer sign cooperation
Thomas Schwalm, CTO at NewFer (r.) and Hans-Jörg Baumgartner, Pelletizing Technologist of Primetals at the test facility in Leoben, Austria. Photo: Primetals Technologies

07.06.2021. Primetals Technologies and NewFer have signed a cooperation agreement in April 2021 for the joint development and implementation of iron ore pelletising and beneficiation plants. The cooperation with NewFer strengthens Primetals’ world-wide offering for travelling grate iron ore pelletising plants.


The Germany-based company NewFer was founded in 2019 and employs various industry professionals with vast global experience in the design, project development and implementation of beneficiation and agglomeration projects. Under the technical lead of Thomas Schwalm (CTO), NewFer supports Primetals with services for the design and engineering of pelletising projects including raw material characterisation and pot grate tests as well as the development of the process engineering (such as heat and mass balances and other main process parameters) as well as the design of the induration machine. NewFer’s technical support and consulting is provided throughout the complete sales and implementation phase of a pelletising project and includes advisory services for commissioning and plant start-up.

“The cooperation with NewFer makes a lot of sense for Primetals because our plant building competence is complemented by NewFer specialists’ experience and technological know-how in pelletising. With this setup our clients can be sure to get a high-performing and reliable pellet plant”, says Friedemann Plaul, Senior Vice President Iron and Steelmaking and ECO Solutions at Primetals.


“We are pleased to work together with Primetals with its large experience in the iron and steel industry, its comprehensive global set-up and its implementation capacity for large and complex projects With our joint offering we cover the full range of pellet plant capacities and assure the most suitable technical solution for our customers”, adds Thomas Schwalm of NewFer.


Pot grate test facility

Primetals offers straight grate and circular grate pelletising plants for capacities between 1 and 8 million t/a. The individually optimised plant concept is based on detailed raw material analysis with Primetals’ own pot grate test facility located in Leoben, Austria. For the calculation of the heat balance and the design of the individual process zones of the induration furnace, an advanced numerical simulation tool is used which is also an in-house development of Primetals.


(Source: Primetals Technologies)