Machinery and plant manufacturer sees improved earnings in 2017 and good order intake for 2018.
Dieffenbacher closed the 2017 financial year with significantly improved earnings from Wood, Composites and Recycling. The three business units enjoyed full order books and are expected to receive more orders in 2018.
In the first four months of 2018, the Wood Business Unit received 10 new plant orders, four of which were awarded to Dieffenbacher’s Shanghai Wood-Based Panel Machinery (Dieffenbacher SWPM) site and six to its German headquarters. Two of these orders are for OSB plants, enabling Dieffenbacher to further expand its leading position in this product. The company now has 19 OSB references with continuous presses, eight of which have a press length of over 50 metres.
The German company from Eppingen also received two additional orders in early 2018 for the processing of alternative raw materials. Two plants for the production of particleboard from rice straw were sold in China. For Dieffenbacher, these were orders number five and six for plants of this type. It has since supplied 100 continuous wood-based panel plants to China with Dieffenbacher SWPM.
Dieffenbacher drum dryer
In the category of individual machines, the CPS+ continuous press and the knife ring flakers of Dieffenbacher’s subsidiary, B. Maier Zerkleinerungstechnik GmbH stand out. Since the beginning of the year, Maier has received 20 orders for knife ring flakers, with some of those orders including FlowOptimizer. Dieffenbacher has also sold five new CPS+ presses in 2018. In total, 20 units were sold in three years after its introduction at LIGNA 2015.
In the wood recycling sector, Nolte Holzwerkstoffe recently bought a waste wood processing plant, to be completed by 2019. Pfleiderer in Neumarkt also began operations on a similar system in January this year. Dieffenbacher’s new developments in the areas of foreign objects’ detection and screening enable these recycling systems to achieve purity levels of over 99 per cent.
The Composites Business Unit has also further expanded its leading position in the market for turnkey production lines for glass and carbon fiber-reinforced lightweight components.
Dieffenbacher is family-owned with an equity ratio of 31 per cent, and plans to increase this number to 35 per cent by 2020.