Australian Panels orders new MDF line from Siempelkamp

Siempelkamp ContiRoll (Image: Siempelkamp)

Siempelkamp has announced a new medium-density fibreboard (MDF) line ordered by Australian Panels. According to Siempelkamp, this will be the sixth Siempelkamp plant for the Australian panelboard producer.

“With the new, sixth order, the number of Siempelkamp equipment at Australian Panels increases to four MDF plants and two plants for the production of particleboard,” said Geoff Robson, managing director of Siempelkamp.

Australian Panels last opted for a Siempelkamp particleboard plant in August 2023, which will be reportedly “the largest in Australia” with an annual capacity of over 650,000m³. It will also be built at the Mount Gambier site.

“We are proud that Australian Panels operates its wood-based panel production exclusively with Siempelkamp equipment. And last but not least that we have supplied our customer with the longest MDF plant in the history of our company,” Robson said.

The new order for the Mont Gambier location includes the forming and press line including a ContiRoll in the format 8ft x 78.6m, the gluing and the cooling and stacking lines. The scope of supply also includes Pallmann’s drum chipper, CMC Texpan’s wood chip screening system, and Büttner’s drying system.

The plant will be designed in heavy-duty size two, which, according to Siempelkamp, is characterised by the high running stability of the steel belt. This ensures maximum service life of the components under special conditions, for example, under high forces.

The raw material used will be light Pinus Radiata, a non-porous coniferous wood that is particularly suitable as a feed material for the production of fibreboard and particleboard.

The MDF plant will be delivered in May 2025 and production is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2026.