Siempelkamp MDF plant taps into new opportunities in Russia’s Ural Mountains

Contract signing in Krefeld (from left to right): Carsten Otto (Sales Director Büttner), Nilguen Binbay (Siempelkamp), Ulrich Kaiser (Sales Director Siempelkamp), Ivan Klutschnikov (CEO Pavlovskiy DOK), Hans-Joachim Galinski (Sales Director GUS Siempelkamp), Roman Billinger (Technical Sales Siempelkamp) and Konstantin Putintsev (Head of Siempelkamp Moscow Office)

About 80 percent of Russia’s wood resources can be found east of the Ural Mountains, which accounts for about 20 percent of total wood harvested in Russia. A highly modern wood-based materials industry has established itself primarily in the west of the country.

But this is changing with the construction of an innovative MDF plant by the Russian timber group, Pavlovskiy DOK, located approximately 2,000km east of the Urals.

The plant is built close to Novosibirsk, near Barnaul, an administrative centre and important transport hub. With more than 600,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the Altai region.

Construction work in the nearby city of Pavlovsk has already started and the planned activities of the equipment suppliers are already in full swing. The main production equipment, ordered from Siempelkamp, will be equipped with innovative technology “made in Krefeld” and primarily backed by energy-saving systems. The plant will be equipped with an optimised sifter concept for fibres, which is the new drive technology Ecodrive, as well as with the resin-saving Ecoresinator.

With innovative pressure distribution plates, an extended cylinder bed and many new equipment features, the press will operate virtually isobaric and will manufacture boards from 2.5 mm to 40 mm for the entire product range. 

Siempelkamp subsidiary Sicoplan will be responsible for the complete planning of the plant including the front-end area of the production line. Siempelkamp’s scope of supply consists a sifter, resin blending system, forming and press line including a 9’ ContiRoll® press, Generation 8, with optimal prerequisites for a possible future extension, cooling and stacking line, automatic intermediate storage, sanding line, and cut-to-size line. In addition, Siempelkamp will also supply the automation and drive technology with Prod- IQ® control technology which allows professional trending, commission evaluations as well as laboratory data and downtime management.

Siempelkamp’s subsidiary, Büttner, will also be supplying the fibre dryer and energy plant. A 50 MW solid fuel firing system will generate thermal energy for the processes and the building, hence, making the location entirely independent from fossil fuels.

Installation is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2017; the first board is expected to be commissioned in the summer of 2018.