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Pehofer Kiesproduktion, Austria

Pehofer GmbH is an Austrian family business founded in 1979. The main activity of the company is the supply of ready-mixed concrete and sand & aggregate production.

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Pehofer GmbH has invested in a new modular gravel washing plant from CDE Global.

The plant includes the M2500 E3X mobile washing plant and an AggMax 153 semi-mobile logwasher and processes 225 tons per hour of limestone raw material. The washed sand and gravel from the new plant is used by Pehofer in their own ready-mixed concrete production plants, and the products are also offered for sale on the market. 

Pehofer purchased the new site in order to ensure complete independence in the area of sand and gravel for decades. “This is the latest development in our vertical business strategy” explains Mr Helmut Pehofer, a partner in Pehofer GmbH. “Investment in the new washing plant has given us greater control over the quality of the sand and gravel products used in our concrete production. The plant from CDE also includes a degree of flexibility in relation to the sand and aggregate products that will increase the efficiency of our operation and allow us to offer best value and quality to our customers.”


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Pehofer GmbH is an Austrian family business founded in 1979. The main activity of the company is the supply of ready-mixed concrete, as well as sand, gravel and grit for private, commercial and public construction sites. A partner company, BT3 is responsible for monitoring quality at the Pehofer concrete and gravel works and performs all product testing and concrete/gravel technology services to ensure the high quality requirements are met.

The company’s vertical integration strategy has been in place since the year 2000 and has seen the construction of two new concrete plants in Breitenau (2000) and Pinggau (2004) in addition to the purchase of the new gravel site in Weiner Neustadt, approximately 50kms south of Vienna. When Pehofer began looking for a supplier for the new gravel washing plant at Wiener Neustadt they had some very specific requirements in order to ensure that the sand and gravel production process at the new site was designed with efficiency in mind. This not only related to the performance of the washing and classification plant but to how its operation would be managed as exploitation of the new resource developed in the years ahead.

“We investigated a number of technology options based on previous experience and research into the latest technology available” explains partner Mr Peter Pehofer. “We also required that the plant be sufficiently mobile that we would be able to move it as extraction progresses. We anticipate this will happen every two or three years.”

The plan to move the plant as extraction progresses is designed to minimise the costs of transport movements at the new site. Over time the processing plant gets further away from the quarry face and the subsequent increase in transport movements adds significant cost to production.

“The capability of the CDE equipment to deliver on this requirement was critical to our decision to buy the washing plant from them” says Mr Helmut Pehofer. “They were able to demonstrate a portfolio of previous projects where the requirement for mobility had been similar to ours and a visit to see similar plants in operation confirmed that this could be achieved without compromising on the capability of the plant to maximise production of the highest quality sand and gravel products.”

Following installation of the new gravel washing plant Pehofer has started work at the new site in Wiener Neustadt and are confident that this investment will bring big benefits. “Given our new aggregate production capability, the flexibility of our new CDE system and the continued growth of our concrete and gravel business we are looking forward to enjoying the efficiency gains that this plant will deliver” says Helmut Pehofer.

“We are now set up for a period of further expansion in the years ahead.”

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