Action Tesa’s first MDF board on a Gen 8 Conti Roll shows us what the future will be: fast-growing, perennial crops for boards.
Some years ago, Action Tesa and Siempelkamp met at IndiaWood. It would be the first of many meetings between the Indian conglomerate and German technology leader in wood-based panel production.
By July 2016, Action Tesa had put down an order for a forming and press line, including the 8th Generation ContiRoll® and sifter, cooling and stacking system, and a large warehouse. Siempelkamp also installed the new EcoSifter with a unique two-stage screening process, which was necessary to reduce the high silicate content in the raw material.
Subsequently, work started in the summer of 2017, in Sitarganj, in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
One of the challenges for this project was the construction site at Sitarganj. Located approximately 360km northwest of New Delhi, the delivery of the machine parts from the port to Sitarganj took two days.
Yet the team worked well and the project completed in record time.
On February 28, 2018, the first MDF board was born—made of poplar, 16mm thick and eight feet wide.
The plant officially began operations in March, a high-performance line that boosted Action Tesa’s market position in the producton of MDF and HDF boards. The line delivers up to 650m3 of 2 – 35mm thick boards daily.
The new EcoSifter reduces high silicate content with its unique two-stage screening process.
The new EcoSifter
TWO BIG NAMES COLLABORATE
With this expansion Action Tesa is now the biggest MDF manufacturer in India with an annual production capacity of 511,000 cubic metres.
Vivek Jain, director of Action Tesa, commented, “We are pleased to enrich our delivery spectrum with a system of German quality and expand our technological advantage.”
The first MDF board was produced on February 28, 2018.
Building up the ContiRoll at Action Tesa
The new plant is also able to process 100 per cent eucalyptus wood or a mixture of both.
“This goal was achieved in a record time of 20 months from order to commissioning,” Dr Hans-W. Fechner, CEO of the Siempelkamp Group, said.
Considering the huge market potential, Asia has grown to become an important key market for Siempelkamp. “We now provide assembly work with German quality standard and supervise our plants in Asia with our local teams.
In India we are doing engineering and optimisation programming, and there are local experienced process technologists to optimise production. We have invested a lot of money there,” Samiron Mondal, director of Siempelkamp Asia & Pacific, said.
“The Asian market has huge potential and we are looking forward to working on improving and increasing our technology standard and our ways of doing business,” Mr Mondal added.
SIEMPELKAMP: A TECHNOLOGY PIONEER
Siempelkamp has developed technologies specifically for annual crops native to Asia. These plants, considered agriculture waste, can be converted into high quality fibreboard and particleboard instead of disposing them off. These fast-growing renewable raw materials include bamboo and rice straw.
Boards made of bamboo: MDF (bottom), OSB and particleboard.
The resulting board is as good as conventional wood-based boards. In India, the abundance of bamboo is a huge advantage for using it in panel board manufacturing. Furthermore, about80 million tonnes of rice straw are produced during harvest season, making rice straw an excellent choice of raw material for board production.