Andritz receives follow-up order from Kastamonu Entegre for a new MDF production line

From left to right: Haluk Yildiz, CEO of Kastamonu Entegre; A. Yahya Kigili, chairman of Kastamonu Entegre; and Wolfgang Lashofer, senior vice president and division manager of paper, fibre and recycling division, Andritz.

International technology Group Andritz has received the second order in a row from Kastamonu Entegre to supply a disc chipper and a pressurised refining system for its medium-density fibreboard (MDF) production line in Balikesir, Turkey. Start-up of the new equipment is planned for the end of 2022.

The centrepiece of the new line will be the pressurised refining system, including a proven 24in plug screw feeder and a high-capacity S2070M refiner that will process pine, beech and oak as raw material. All Andritz pressurised refining systems feature low consumption of electricity and thermal energy. The scope of supply also comprises a gravity-fed HQ-Chipper, a chip bin discharger and a 74in digester, as well as supervision of mechanical installation and start-up.

Andritz’s extensive experience with high-quality fibre production technologies for the panelboard industry and the long-standing partnership between both companies were the main reasons for Kastamonu Entegre awarding the order to Andritz. Kastamonu Entegre is already successfully operating an MDF production plant with pressurised refining system from Andritz in Russia and has decided to continue the cooperation with Andritz in Turkey. With supply of the new high-capacity pressurised refining system, Andritz will have supplied 16 installations to Turkey – eight of them equipped with a well-proven S-refiner.

Kastamonu Entegre, part of Hayat Holding, was established in 1969 and is specialised in the production of wood-based panels for the furniture, interior decoration, and construction industries. The company employs around 6,300 people in six Turkish locations and several manufacturing plants in six other countries, mainly in Europe.

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