Case Study: 540kW KOB pyrot wood chip boiler - Manufacturing Slinkskins

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Driving costs out of the business was key to a Southland tannery’s decision to invest in wood burning technology to power its processes.

The Slinkskins tannery is easily the biggest industry in the rural Southland town of Thornbury, situated inland between Invercargill and Riverton.

A family owned and run business for more than forty years, Slinkskins processes animal skins into high quality leather for export to the world’s leading fashion houses.

But that requires heat, thermal energy to power processes such as skin wash-downs, drying and dying. Those energy needs had for many years been met by two steam boilers fired by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) trucked in in bulk.

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