Kastamonu and Siempelkamp hit two new milestones in longstanding partnership

Construction work for Kastamonu’s new forming and press line has officially begun at their Samsun site

Kastamonu Entegre and Siempelkamp have hit two new milestones. Assembly work on a new forming and press line with 7′-x-37.1-metre ninth-generation ContiRoll® for the production of particleboard in Samsun officially began at the end of July. Kastamonu, a leading producer of wood-based boards, has also placed an order in July for a modernisation package for its Siempelkamp MDF line in Kastamonu City to be installed at the end of 2020.

These moves reaffirm the two companies’ strong partnership even during these difficult times caused by the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The assembly work with startup scheduled for early 2021 means that the continuous forming and press line in Samsun – which is intended to replace the existing particleboard line at the Yontas location that was acquired in 2009 – is now entering its home straight.

Pallmann, one of Siempelkamp’s subsidiaries, will be supplying the knifering flakers – two MicroFlaker™ and two MacroFlaker systems as well as a knife-ring flaker for dry particle preparation – at each location. An automatic setting and knife-ring grinding robot by Pallmann for automatically sharpening the blunt knives in the ring constitutes an additional part of the scope of delivery.

Kastamonu is also currently relying on Siempelkamp support at six other locations in Turkey. In Kastamonu City, capital of the province of the same name in the country’s north, a package by Siempelkamp Logistics & Service GmbH (SLS) – another one of Siempelkamp’s subsidiaries – is being installed to modernise an MDF line that is operating with a 7′-x-55.3-metre ContiRoll®. The package includes a light board package that will enable the customer to produce so-called light MDF (L-MDF) with raw densities down to 500 kg/mÑ. The scope of delivery also includes the Sico Master Gauge – a new type of measuring frame that is installed on the foundation and encloses the ContiRoll®’s two hot platens in the calibration area at the control system. The main benefit that this new frame offers is the simultaneous measurement of the upper and lower hot platen positions independent of the effects caused by any mechanical expansion within the frame.

The ContiRoll® press’ calibration area is also being equipped with an additional cylinder track, which is to be combined with a track control for individual cylinders. The additional cylinder track is being fitted in order to further minimise raw board tolerances and to further reduce the sand-off in raw board production. The modernisation work will generate added value for Kastamonu Entegre by enabling them to significantly expand its range of products and reduce both raw material costs and input.

Kastamonu Entegre currently operates eight Siempelkamp plants using continuous press technology in Turkey, Russia and Italy – the close links with Siempelkamp started in 1969 with a belt-tray plant for particleboard production in Kastamonu City. The two current projects underline the innovative power that the business relationship continues to generate even in these challenging times. GIM Export will again be involved through the provision of its financing support as a tried-and-tested partner and Siempelkamp’s link to the market in Turkey. 29 new plants have been realised to date – including the current project – during the more than 25-year cooperation between Siempelkamp and Michael P. Krocker / GIM Export.

“It is particularly at this moment in time that we’re proud to support to Kastamonu Entegres’ entrepreneurial spirit and to contribute to its plans for the future by becoming involved in the two different projects. We’re now looking forward to working with the Kastamonu team on location and to the successful startup of both projects,” said Ulrich Kaiser, Head of Sales Wood Division, Siempelkamp; and Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt, Managing Director, SLS.