Kastamonu Entegre starts up third Andritz MDF line

Part of the Andritz scope is a high-capacity S2070 refiner (Image: Andritz)

Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (KEAS) has started up its new fibre preparation line for medium-density fibreboard (MDF) production at its mill in Balikesir, Türkiye.

KEAS is one of the largest wood panel producers in Türkiye, and now operates three production lines supplied by Andritz.

Hasan Akpinar, global investment and projects director of KEAS, said: “We have relied on Andritz MDF technology and service for many years and are very satisfied with the results.

“Our new line from Andritz is equipped with a pressurised refining system for low electricity and thermal energy consumption. This perfectly contributes to our sustainability strategy.”

The new line has a capacity of 60 tonnes per hour and processes pine, beech and oak wood. Its centrepiece is the pressurised refining system, which includes a 24in plug screw feeder and a high-capacity S2070M refiner.

The high dewatering efficiency of the plug screw feeder ahead of the high-pressure zone ensures low thermal and electrical energy consumption, which is one of the major benefits of the Andritz pressurised refining system.

Andritz’s scope also included supply of a gravity-fed HQ-Chipper, a chip bin discharger and a digester, as well as supervision of mechanical installation and start-up.

KEAS, part of Hayat Holding, was established in 1969 and specialises in the production of wood-based panels for the furniture, interior decoration, and construction industries.