One of Asia’s largest MDF lines breaks ground in Vietnam

FSC Vietnam’s ground-breaking ceremony in Binh Phuoc province, Vietnam

Binh Phuoc province in Vietnam will soon be home to one of the largest MDF plants in Asia.

In July, FSC Vietnam placed an order for a forming and press line from Siempelkamp, including a 47-metre ContiRoll® Generation 8 press—one of the longest in Asia—for a new MDF plant. The scope of supply includes a dryer and energy plant by Büttner, a subsidiary of Siempelkamp. The project is also be supported by Euroasiatic, Siempelkamp’s agent in Vietnam. Other components of the plant will be supplied by major European plant equipment manufacturers.

The upcoming line is designed to produce boards with a thickness range of 2.5 – 40mm. It is capable of an estimated 400,000m3 of MDF boards annually. The first board is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2018.

“Our R&D centre has researched on this project in the last two years and we have received huge support from the Binh Phuoc government, as well as from other leaders and equipment suppliers,” said Mr Nguyen Tien Hai, chairman of FSC Vietnam Corporation, as he welcomed guests at the ground-breaking ceremony on August 18.

He added that choosing the continuous press from Siempelkamp was in line with the company’s mission: Sustainable development for forest systems.

“Raw material is one of the most important factors [in a successful line] and we have been investing in forest systems, providing thousands of jobs for workers.”

The ContiRoll® Generation 8 offers benefits such as a 15% reduced sanding allowance, thickness accuracy of +/-0.05mm as well as material and resin savings of up to 15%, making it integral to the production of eco-friendly high quality MDF for the international and domestic market. 

“We at Siempelkamp and Büttner are pleased and proud to have received the trust of FSC to deliver and install the MDF production line with the ContiRoll® and energy plant. With the decision to buy equipment from Siempelkamp and Büttner, FSC will benefit from the vast experience of the Siempelkamp Group in the field of equipment for the wood-based panels industry,” said Mr Marc Mueller, sales manager at Siempelkamp.

“We see this line as an important step forward in the Vietnamese market and a starting point for a long-term partnership. We are convinced that this line will enable FSC to reach their aim to be a market leader and develop their board business in the near future.”

Vietnam’s solid growth in the last decade has pushed it into the global limelight for secondary processing industries. Foreign direct investment climbed 105% year-on-year to reach US$11.3 billion in the first half of 2016, despite a global economic slowdown. The government continues to encourage investments in new industrial parks, while offering a young, skilled workforce and easy access to southern China.

FSC Vietnam is part of the Kim Tin Group, a welding equipment manufacturer headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City. The new MDF plant is the Group’s second line.

 

A version of this news was first published in PFA Sep/Oct.