Mekong Wood orders MDF plant from Siempelkamp that processes acacia wood

Mekong Wood partners with Siempelkamp for a new MDF plant (Image: Siempelkamp)

Siempelkamp has announced that Mekong Wood MDF Joint Stock Company, a Vietnamese wood-based panel manufacturer, has placed an order for a complete medium-density fibreboard (MDF) plant with Siempelkamp.

According to a press release by Siempelkamp, the plant will be fed by local raw materials acacia and eucalyptus.

The heart of the new factory will be a forming and press line with ContiRoll in the 8-feet x 47.1m format with NEO press infeed. This particular infeed geometry is designed to process acacia; the extended, flexible infeed heating plate facilitates deaeration of the mat and prevents blowouts and steel belt damage even at high production speeds.

Plant availability, capacity and operational reliability can be increased with this plant design, according to Siempelkamp. The company’s plants have been able to process acacia before, despite the material’s challenging machining properties.

The plant will be designed for an annual production capacity of over 400,000m³, which will be supplied mainly to the furniture industry. The thickness range for these boards is focused on 15-17mm, with a possible spectrum of 3.5-32mm.

“This order is a compliment to our commitment to introduce press concepts for processing the most demanding raw materials extremely successfully to the market,” said Marc Müller, head of commercial sales at Siempelkamp. “We are pleased to accompany Mekong Wood’s entry into board production, and to follow up our good reputation with another excellent performance.”