Warwickshire-based Lontra compressor tech impresses the Germans


Schenck Process, the German manufacturer of pneumatic conveying and injection, screening, milling, sifting, weighing, and feeding systems, is to partner with the Warwickshire-based compressor manufacturer Lontra.

Schenck plans to use Lontra’s compressor technology to operate a new lean phase conveying system. Lontra develops  industrial machinery for critical industries, including pneumatic conveying and industrial wastewater treatment.

The partnership sees Lontra’s LP2 blower, featuring its innovative Blade Compressor technology, installed at the Schenck Process Doncaster facility this month and connected into the low pressure supply main for the new conveying system.

Lontra says its technology is  up to a third more efficient than traditional compressor technologies. Schenck Process saw the potential of Lontra’s technology back in 2019 and co-sponsored Lontra’s exhibition space at Comvac, the largest global compressed air show. Their support gave Lontra’s Blade Compressor technology significant recognition as a gamechanger in the industrial compressor industry.

Richard Ellis, Vice President Technologies EMEA, Schenck Process GmbH, said:“When we first started working with Lontra, within minutes we could see they could be a key part of the challenge to reduce the amount of power consumed by pneumatic conveying systems globally. With their design showing fundamental power savings, coupled with our research on how to minimise conveying air for any system, we saw a real collaborative opportunity to make a significant contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable future for our customers.”

Steve Lindsey, CEO, Lontra Ltd, UK, added: “Schenck Process have been phenomenal in supporting our journey. From the early discussions around technology, to joining our stand at Comvac in Hannover (the world’s largest compressor exhibition) through to the next step of installing the Lontra LP2 at their site. We’re proud to be working with a global leader like Schenck Process within the Pneumatic Conveying industry.

“Their recognition at a crucial stage in our progress meant were able to tell the world about the Blade Compressor’s proven efficiency gains of up to 34 per cent and we have subsequently signed strategic distributors in the USA.

“This new partnership will help take our technology even further into the powdered food and drink sector and promote the energy savings that both our technologies can offer to customers.”

The Schenck Process facility is seven miles from Lontra’s soon to be announced smart factory, which will scale-up production of the blower in the region, with support of South Yorkshire’s Mayoral Combined Authority.