For over 110 years, the name Althoff has stood for creative work with wood. At its joinery in Bielefeld, Germany, woodwaste accumulates during all stages of production. With the use of a Weima WL 4 shredder, this can be ideally processed to heat the premises.

Ulrich Althoff was founded in 1906 and is now managed by fourth-generation family member, Hendrik Althoff. In the workshops, made-to-measure ideas are developed – creative products made of high-quality materials, with proven tools and state-of-the-art machines. Individual craftsman services such as windows, house and sliding doors, furniture or cabinet systems are all part of the family business’ portfolio.

“There was no alternative for us”

For some time, the traditional company has been working on the most efficient use of woodwaste in order to save energy costs. A Weima ZM 30 four-shaft shredder was in operation there for many years, which shredded the woodwaste.

Over time, the materials the joinery worked with changed, and with them the requirements from the machines. A new shredder was needed.

MD Hendrik Althoff did not have to think twice: “I knew that the quality of the machines from Weima is right – there was no alternative for us.”

Optimum processing of waste wood

Since the end of 2019 a Weima WL 4 single-shaft shredder has been in the workshops of the family business. The proven classic, with its robust construction and extremely long service life, has proved ideal for the job. With a rotor diameter of 252mm and a rotor length of 600mm, the shredder shreds wood materials of all kinds.

The innovative hopper with log-spacer design is particularly suitable for shredding large, bulky parts, and ensures that no material build-up or bridging can form. The high-throughput wood chipper is equipped with the WAP gear developed by Weima, which is extremely low-maintenance and insensitive to foreign material.

All production machines in the workshops of Ulrich Althoff are connected to a modern extraction system. Thus, wood chips and sawdust can be collected centrally in a large swarf bunker. The produced wood chips are directly transported into the bunker via the suction system, as well. The shredded wood waste is then burned in a wood burner.

This way, the entire building, including workshops, offices and showrooms, can be heated – without the use of fossil fuels. This is not only cost-saving, but also environmentally friendly.

With more than 35,000 machines sold worldwide, Weima has been manufacturing robust shredders and briquetting presses for the disposal and processing of all types of waste for more than four decades. Its machines include single-shaft shredders, four-shaft shredders, cutting mills and briquette presses. The popular blood orange machines are used in the wood, plastics, paper, metal and waste-to-energy industries.

Weima’s models are exclusively made in Germany and come from production plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Baden- Wuerttemberg. Every year, more than 300 employees work on around 1200 customer orders from around the globe. The company has long-standing sales and service locations in the US, Poland, India and China, and more than 80 representatives supplement this global presence.

Fercell Engineering represents the Weima Group as its sole and exclusive stockholding distributor for the whole of the UK. Fercell has a long association with the Weima Group brand, and has been delivering its equipment in the UK for over 15 years.

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