Dieffenbacher supplies Fine-OSB plant to Chinese panel producer

Contract signing between BFP and Dieffenbacher (Image: Dieffenbacher)

Chinese wood-based panel producer A Beautiful Family Plate Making (BFP) has contracted with Dieffenbacher for a complete Fine-oriented strand board (OSB) plant in Guangxi, China.

According to a press release by Dieffenbacher, they will supply everything from chip flaking to raw board handling. The contract includes the dryer, screens, particle preparation and material recovery, glue preparation and dosing, gluing system, forming station and forming line, CPS+ continuous press system and electrics and plant automation.

“Fine-OSB is increasingly popular in China,” said Matthias Rübsam, area sales director at Dieffenbacher. “The lower cost of the raw material makes OSB an economical alternative to plywood for almost every application.

“Fine-OSB, however, overcomes traditional OSB’s poor laminating capability, caused by its uneven board surface.”

In Fine-OSB, the OSB core layer is covered top and bottom by layers of particleboard to give a better structure to the top surface. This enables further processing, including laminating or coating on both sides with melamine or phenolic paper in a short-cycle press.

“Fine-OSB combines the excellent mechanical properties of OSB, including moisture resistance, robustness, stable size and strong screw-holding force, but with the surface quality of particleboard,” added Rübsam.

“That makes it the perfect product for applications in home furnishings and decor, flooring, custom furniture making and many other areas. The Chinese authorities believe in the product so much that they’ve established a national standard for Fine-OSB.”

Installation of BFP’s new plant is scheduled for Q2 2023. The first board is to be produced in fall 2023. The plant will reportedly be able to produce 500,000m³ of Fine-OSB per year.