Burckhardt Compression was selected to provide compressors for three LDPE (low-density polyethylene) production lines in China during the year under review. Hyper Compressors and booster/primary compressors were ordered. Annual production output will be 300 and 400 kilotons, respectively. LDPE is used to manufacture products such as foils and films, insulation for electrical wire and cable, and floor coverings. Hyper Compressors are highly specialized high-pressure compressors with a discharge pressure of up to 3’500 bar.
Burckhardt Compression sold its first standard high-pressure compressors built by its plant in India to a customer in Canada. Canada’s stringent regulations were met despite a tight production schedule. The customer was quite satisfied with the result and more orders have been received from Canada in the meantime.
Burckhardt Compression received its first compressor order for a cruise ship equipped with an alternative liquid natural gas-powered propulsion system. Natural gas emits virtually no sulfur dioxide and CO2 emissions are more than 20% lower compared to the equivalent level of engine performance using conventional marine diesel and heavy fuel oil, so many ship operators are transitioning to this innovative propulsion system as they seek to comply with increasingly strict environmental regulations. The Laby® compressor installed for this contract is ideal for boil-off gas applications be-cause of its high operational efficiency. What’s more, routine compressor maintenance can be performed by the ship’s crew.
A fire at a facility of one of our customers that produces polysilicon for solar cells using a competitor’s compressors caused extensive damage and had to be rebuilt as quickly as possible to keep downtime to a minimum. Burckhardt Compression managed to deliver two compressors in record time. Good coordination and short decision-making pathways, both internally and externally, were instrumental for this successful project outcome.
The customer training sessions Burckhardt Compression offered last year were very well booked. Our in-house specialists are highly familiar with compressor life cycles and they provided valuable insights into topics that most conventional training courses do not cover. Our training center is equipped with modern technical equipment for theoretical and practical instruction. It is located right next to the compressor manufacturing and testing facilities in Winterthur, which yields further opportunities to deepen our customer relationships.
Burckhardt Compression together with its local partner Sultrade opened a service center in Slovakia. Customers in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria are also being served from this new fully equipped and modern service center, which offers a full range of services and repairs for all brands of reciprocating compressors, including hyper compressor services.
Burckhardt Compression was established as a mechanic’s workshop in 1844 and it is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2019. Today, Burckhardt Compression is the world’s leading manufacturer of reciprocating compressor systems and the only OEM and service provider that can offer the full range of reciprocating compressor technology and services.