Andritz partners with Powerhouse Controls, a provider of drive systems, to address the need of North American paper mills to modernize their paper machine drive systems while minimizing production downtime

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January 16, 2024 (press release) –


International technology group ANDRITZ and Powerhouse Controls, a leading provider of drive systems, have entered into a partnership to address the need of North American paper mills to modernize their paper machine drive systems while minimizing production downtime.

The partnership combines Powerhouse Controls’ drive solutions with ANDRITZ’s extensive paper machine engineering expertise to provide customers with a tailored and comprehensive solution to their coordinated drive system challenges.

“Our partnership with Powerhouse Controls provides the North American paper industry with a team that has the proven ability to implement manufacturer-independent drive system projects within tight downtime windows,” says Stephan Keuschnigg-Zingl, Global Vice President Pulp and Paper Automation and Digitalization, ANDRITZ GROUP.

North American papermakers are challenged with modernizing their paper machines while minimizing production losses due to downtime. The team of experts from ANDRITZ and Powerhouse Controls can modernize machines during planned shutdowns and, if necessary, one section at a time. Powerhouse Controls’ in-house design and manufacturing capabilities provide custom cabinets with drive systems in compliance with UL and CSA standards. ANDRITZ contributes its process knowledge and engineering capabilities for the detailed engineering and special scheduling required for short downtimes.

"Powerhouse Controls is excited to partner with ANDRITZ to address the growing need to modernize drive systems in the North American market. By working together, we can better manage short downtime modernizations to improve production and reliability," adds Neil Nicholson, CEO of Powerhouse Controls.

The collaboration between ANDRITZ and Powerhouse Controls is a transformative step towards optimizing manufacturing. Through this agreement, ANDRITZ and Powerhouse Controls are focused on improving customer reliability and machine uptime with an integrated solution.

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International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s business strategy and corporate culture. With its extensive portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, ANDRITZ aims to make the greatest possible contribution to a sustainable future and help its customers achieve their sustainability goals. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydropower and Environment & Energy. Technological leadership and global presence are cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 30,000 employees and over 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Automation & Digitalization covers the entire project life cycle of the plant. Starting with project management, hardware and software development, through installation works, commissioning, and operator training, to maintenance and design work for extensions and improvements. With the Metris technology brand, ANDRITZ Automation & Digitalization offers a wide range of digitization products that customers can use individually and in combinations for their own essential and sustainable benefit. The proprietary Metris platform adds significant value to the planning, operation, asset management, maintenance, and optimization of production plants and the associated supply chains. The division has around 2,000 employees and is active in over 100 locations. For more information visit,

From the start in 1992, Powerhouse Controls has been on a mission to be recognized as a world-class, single-source drive and automation systems integration supplier.

We bring exceptional technical and engineering experience to the table, but what really sets us apart is an unsurpassed level of passion and commitment. We listen, question, collaborate, analyze and assess until we’re completely convinced that our recommendation is the best solution possible. For more information regarding Powerhouse Controls, visit


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