Dieffenbacher to supply new CEBRO OSB plant for Tolko Industries

Tolko’s OSB production site at High Prairie, Alberta, Canada (Image: Dieffenbacher)

Tolko Industries has commissioned Dieffenbacher to supply the core components of a CEBRO OSB plant for its production facility in High Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

Back in May 2022, a fire broke out in Tolko’s press building, which damaged beyond repair the Dieffenbacher twelve-opening press that Tolko had commissioned in 1995, and much of the surrounding equipment.

According to Dieffenbacher, a new CPS+ continuous press will replace the previous press.

Dieffenbacher’s scope of supply for the rebuild of Tolko’s High Prairie site also includes the forming station and forming line, and the raw board handling system. In line with Dieffenbacher’s CEBRO smart plant concept, the Press Emission Control System and the Intelligent Air Management System will improve the plant’s sustainability by creating cleaner air inside and outside the production hall.

The new digitalisation solution EVORIS and the digital service platform MyDIEFFENBACHER will also help make Tolko’s new plant a smart one.

“It is great that Dieffenbacher stepped up so quickly to help us after the fire,” said Fred Chinn, vice-president of strand-based business at Tolko. “Once we rebuild, High Prairie will be better than ever, and our new CEBRO smart plant will be a big part of that.”

Chinn believes the plant will produce its first new board by the end of 2023. Once operational, the plant’s production capacity will reach up to 734,000m³ of oriented strand board (OSB) per year.