Signing of the contract in Surat Thani. From left: Christian Dieffenbacher (Member of Corporate Management at Dieffenbacher), Sontaya Sirianuntaphat (Managing Director of S.P.B. Panel Industries Co. Ltd.) and Holger Ries (Sales Manager at Dieffenbacher)
In 2006, S.P.B. Panel Industries Co. Ltd. broke into the wood-based panels market with the commissioning of a Dieffenbacher particle board plant. Today, because of the great experience with the first project, S.P.B. has selected Dieffenbacher once again to install a new THDF/MDF plant on the same site in Surat Thani, Thailand.
The 28-meter-long CPS+ press will form the center of the plant and with a press speed of 1,800 mm per second and a capacity of 800 cubic meters per day, the plant will produce both extra-thin THDF panels—with thicknesses from 1.5 mm—and MDF panels with thicknesses of up to 32 mm. According to Bernd Bielfeldt, manager of the Wood Business Unit at Dieffenbacher, “The S.P.B. plant is already the ninth project to feature the new continuous CPS+ press,” he said.
Other special features of the project include the Z-sifter, which can remove the latex part of the rubber plant wood that is predominantly used in Thailand, and the PROjet gluing system, which saves up to 15% of the glue as compared to conventional gluing systems. In addition, the Dieffensor, combined with the cross profiler in the forming station ensures exact forming, hence, minimizing the use of raw materials.
The S.P.B. plant contract also includes the drum chipper, dryer, raw board handling, pneumatic transports and the automation of the whole production system.
“Over the last 10 years with our particle board plant, we have experienced the speed and reliability of Dieffenbacher support in Southeast Asia. This was a key factor in our decision to invest in a Dieffenbacher plant once more,” said S.P.B. Managing Director Sontaya Sirianuntaphat.
Assembly of the new THDF/MDF plant is scheduled to begin in south Thailand in the fall of 2017 with the initial start-up planned for mid-2018.