Siempelkamp celebrates opening of Klaipedos Mediena’s benchmark plant in Lithuania

Grand opening of VMG’s plant in Akmene; on stage: Sigitas Paulauskas, VMG Chairman 

On 4 September 2020, Klaipedos Mediena (VMG) celebrated the grand opening of its particle board plant in Akmene, Northern Lithuania. After the first board was produced on 31 July, the ceremony marks a milestone in what is now the third greenfield particle board plant that VMG has ordered from Siempelkamp. 

After two particle board plants – “Giriu Bizonas” in Lithuania and “VMG Mogilev” in Belarus – VMG has now commissioned a third plant with its partner, Siempelkamp. The plant in Akmene supplies material for VMG’s rapidly expanding furniture and kitchen production. For many years, the company has been manufacturing exclusively for IKEA. Thus, VMG is one of the key players responsible for the positive development of production capacity in the Baltic States and adjacent countries, and in the future will also supply other Lithuanian manufacturers with raw particle boards. 

The Siempelkamp partners were unable to travel personally to the grand opening in early September due to COVID-19 protective measures. However, several people involved in the project sent their sincere congratulations to VMG Chairman Sigitas Paulaskas, his team and the invited guests. 

“We regret that we are unable to personally celebrate this milestone with you. In these challenging times, we are proud that we have been able to support VMG, now for the third time, with our plant technology – and thus contribute to the fact that in Akmene one of the world’s most modern, most economical and most sustainable particle board plants is going into production”, said Ulrich Kaiser, Head of Sales Wood Division at Siempelkamp, in his greetings to the invited guests. 

The new plant is a model of resource-efficiency, ideal board properties and energy-efficiency. It is equipped with a specially developed thin-board package that enables profitable production, starting with a board thickness of 3.0 mm. An innovative glue technology for low-formaldehyde or formaldehyde-free glue systems is also used. EWK Umwelttechnik’s WESP filter technology, which is designed to meet the highest environmental standards, stands for “Best Available Technology” in this field. The control technology includes the innovative SIEMENS S7-1500 TIA Portal, as well as Siempelkamp’s Prod-IQ® control system. The centerpiece of the plant is a ContiRoll® Generation 9 continuous press for particle board in 8‘ x 45.4 m format; daily production capacity is 2,000 m³. 

VMG is also the first customer to commission an innovation: A RoundTrack® carriage, which moves knife rings between the Pallmann knife ring chipper and the sharpening robot. The use of the Strothmann concept stands for more safety, because large knife rings weighing approximately two tonnes can be transported more safely on a RoundTrack® than on a trolley. The Pallmann knife ring is ideally suited for efficient machining in the plant with high performance. 

In addition, Siempelkamp’s entire portfolio of technology for wood-based materials is also included: Size-reduction technology and front-end technology from Pallmann and CMC, planning from Sicoplan, and a Büttner drum dryer. All common board formats in Western Europe and Eastern Europe are processed on the downstream sanding and cutting line and then packed or directly further processed into furniture parts.