Andritz: from an iron foundry to a globally leading technology Group


Andritz AG celebrated its 170th anniversary. «In our anniversary year, we look back with pride to the last 170 years of our company history and 100 years of apprenticeship training. What began in 1852 with the production of metal goods such as wire nails, chains and iron bars, is now one of the most important companies and employers in the country. Behind this are pioneering work, entrepreneurship, innovative strength and courage, all of which result in great technological developments. I am looking forward to leading Andritz into the future and to writing the next chapters of our success story together with more than 27,000 employees around the world», says Joachim Schönbeck, President and CEO of Andritz AG.

The Andritz Group has grown very strongly in the last few decades. Thus, since 1990, not only have around 80 companies with complementary product and technology portfolios been acquired and integrated into the Group, but organic growth has also been driven forward through research and development. Every year, Andritz spends around three percent of revenue on innovation and research and development, including order-related work. The focus here is on the development of sustainable products and digitization.

Andritz already generates about 40 percent of its revenue with sustainable products and solutions, such as renewable energies and e-mobility. With Metris, a modern digitization platform has been created in recent years, which all four business areas use successfully. All digital offerings from remote maintenance to process optimization and digital twins to cyber security solutions run on this unified platform without a system bridge and help our customers to use their plants even more economically. In addition to the company’s own research centers and pilot plants all over the world.

Currently, around 700 apprentices are employed throughout the Andritz Group, 92 of them at the site in Graz – here you can find an overview of all eleven apprenticeships. In addition to practical and theoretical specialist instruction, the training also includes English courses, among other things, to be fit for foreign assignments.