Dieffenbacher signs first continuous press in North Africa

Visit to Eppingen. From left to right: Guelai Mohamed Chiheb (CEO, BIGSTAR), Christian Dieffenbacher (Member of the Board of Management, Dieffenbacher), Didier Goesaert (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher), Volker Kitzelmann (Member of the Board of Management, Dieffenbacher), Guelai Belkacim (President, BIGSTAR), Li Jie (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher SWPM).

BIGSTAR subsidiary Panneaux d‘Algérie orders a complete MDF plant including CPS+.

Dieffenbacher’s first green field project on African soil goes to the Algerian family-owned company Panneaux d‘Algérie. The German press maker has been commissioned to deliver a complete system for producing MDF panels at its site in El Tarf in the far northeast of the country.

The plant concept is designed specifically for smaller capacities, proving that the CPS+ can also be the ideal entry-level system for newcomers to the wood-based panel market and an alternative for replacing older single- or multi-opening presses in existing small-capacity plants.

“There is a rising demand for MDF boards in Algeria, and imports from other countries are becoming increasingly costly. We have been considering producing our own materials for a long time for this reason, and Dieffenbacher has given us the perfect concept to do so,” explained Guelai Mohamed Chiheb, CEO of BIGSTAR, the parent company of Panneaux d‘Algérie.

BIGSTAR President Guelai Belkacimar added, “We have great confidence in Dieffenbacher and Dieffenbacher SWPM, and we’re very pleased to have a working relationship with this long-standing family business.”

The 6 ft wide, 14.5-metre long CPS+ for BIGSTAR will be supplied from Eppingen. Dieffenbacher SWPM is responsible for the remainder of the scope of supply and for project management. The complete order includes the entire material preparation process, the refiner, the dryer, the forming station and the forming line. The complete raw board handling, including the diagonal saw, the star cooler and billet stacking right through to the short-cycle laminating line, is also part of the delivery scope.

The plant is designed to produce 250 m³ of boards per day. Assembly will begin in the second quarter of 2018. The first board will be produced in December of the same year.