Century Plyboards India produces first MDF board with Siempelkamp plant

First board with Century Plyboards management (Image: Siempelkamp)

On 28 May 2024, Siempelkamp has announced that Century Plyboards India (CPIL) managed to produce their first MDF board at their newest facility in Andhra Pradesh, India.

CPIL partnered with Siempelkamp to establish its largest MDF facility in Andhra Pradesh. This facility has a daily production capacity of 950m³.

According to Siempelkamp, CPIL holds the distinction of being the “first” ISO 9002 company in India in the plywood and veneer industry. CPIL has a range of products including plywood, laminates, veneers, doors, MDF, particleboard, fibre cement boards, PVC, and exterior grade laminates.

Siempelkamp has provided various equipment for this facility: The company supplied the core part of the production line, including a fibre dryer and a sifter system, the forming line incorporating the most advanced mat area weight control system, and a ContiRoll Generation 9 press in the format 8ft x 33.8m. A board cooling and stacking line, as well as an automatic storage system are part of the package.

The ContiRoll, equipped with a thin board and high-density package, enables the production of boards with thicknesses ranging from 1.5-37mm. These boards can be manufactured at speeds as high as 1,800mm/s, with densities varying from 650-1,100 kg/m3.

In addition, Siempelkamp’s Prod-IQ technology serves the purpose of gathering, evaluating, and visualising production data from the press and laboratory. By utilising this technology, CPIL can monitor and analyse the production process, leading to the production of higher quality
boards. Using the data provided by Prod-IQ, the company can evaluate the efficiency of its plant.

From the customer’s point of view, several aspects worked well in this project with Siempelkamp: “Their proactive approach in addressing ongoing tasks, despite challenges, is commendable. They have shown adaptability and commitment to progress, even in situations where work fronts were still in progress,” said Ankit Banthia, executive assistant to the executive director of CPIL.

“Be it their prompt engagement for critical deliveries with their established lines or their willingness to expedite timelines and work extended hours, it demonstrates their commitment to efficiency and customer satisfaction.”