Dieffenbacher to deliver two MDF plants to Vietnam

3D rendering of Kim Tin Group’s new Dieffenbacher MDF plant in Dau Giay, Vietnam (Image: Dieffenbacher)

Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese Kim Tin Group has commissioned Dieffenbacher to supply two medium-density fibreboard (MDF) plants, with a combined production capacity of 1 million m3 per year, for its sites in Chon Thanh, Binh Phuoc province and Dau Giay, Dong Nai province.

Founded in 2000, Kim Tin Group is a welding material manufacturers and is also active in the non-ferrous metals, mining and transportation industries. “We are now expanding our MDF production, with a total investment of US$350 million,” explained Nguyen Tien Hai, chairman of the board, Kim Tin Group. “We think big and therefore decided to build two production lines at the same time. Having Dieffenbacher at our side, we feel more than well equipped for this challenge.”

A part of the Dieffenbacher scope of supply will be the company’s new digital platform EVORIS. “Using EVORIS will make Kim Tin Group one of the pioneers of digitalisation in the wood-based panels industry,” said Stefan Zipf, head of the Wood Business Unit at Dieffenbacher. “EVORIS is a browser-based system that gives manufacturers more insight into their production and processes. With its modular app structure, EVORIS is easy to extend and update. All apps use a modern, intuitive interface and can be securely operated from any mobile or desktop device within a plant’s network.”

Nguyen explained, “EVORIS was a key factor in why we chose Dieffenbacher as our partner to expand our MDF business. We trust the Dieffenbacher people, its machines and technology. We always strive for the most modern solutions for our production sites and with EVORIS, we have found them at Dieffenbacher.”

Kim Tin Group plans to produce the first board on its new MDF line in Chon Thanh in May 2023. Start-up of the plant in Dau Giay will follow in February 2024. Although the ink is only just dry on the contracts, the company is already planning further expansion. By 2025, Kim Tin Group intends to build additional plants in central and northern Vietnam.