Dieffenbacher plant manufactures OSB from date palm fronds

The joint commissioning team of Al Talah and Dieffenbacher celebrates the production of the first board on Al Talah’s new Dieffenbacher OSB plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Al Talah Board, a panel manufacturing company from Abu Dhabi, UAE, produced its first branded Desert Board on a new Dieffenbacher plant using recycled date palm tree waste to manufacture oriented-strand boards (OSB) in December 2021. The sustainable plant by Dieffenbacher uses about 15% of the 500,000 tonnes of palm waste generated yearly in the UAE to produce 120,000m³ of high-quality OSB per year.

Al Talah Board contracted with Dieffenbacher in 2019 to create the OSB plant, which will help keep slow-to-biodegrade palm waste out of landfills and industrial composting pits. Dieffenbacher’s scope of supply included the strand production, drum dryer, screens and material recovery equipment, gluing system, forming station and forming line, CPS+ continuous press with press emission control system, the raw board handling and electrics and plant automation.

“Our chairman Mr Hatem Farah envisioned 18 years ago using our country’s abundance of palm trees to produce sustainable building products,” said Mazen Dukmak, business development manager at Al Talah Board. “The state-of-the-art technology and innovative plant concept were most important for us when we chose Dieffenbacher for our project. We are the world’s first company to use recycled palm waste to produce premium quality OSB. We made this happen with the technical collaboration of Dieffenbacher, their production know-how, and because of their expertise in the field of alternative raw materials.”

Production of the first board on Al Talah’s new OSB plant.

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