Siempelkamp to supply particleboard equipment for Australian Panels fifth facility

From left: Alex Röwe, sales manager, Siempelkamp; Darren Johnson, project manager, Australian Panels; John Borg, managing director and owner of Australian Panels and Borg Group; and Marc Mueller, head of sales, Siempelkamp (Image: Siempelkamp)

For the fifth time, Australian Panels, a Borg company, has partnered with Siempelkamp for their particleboard production line that will be built from 2025.

According to Siempelkamp, Australian Panels is investing in the expansion of its operations in Mount Gambier, which is located in the south-east of the Australian state of South Australia, halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide.

With an annual capacity of more than 650,000m3, the new particleboard production line made by Siempelkamp will become what is said to be “the largest of its kind in Australia”.

Siempelkamp will be supplying them with the forming and press line including the 8ft x 55.5m ContiRoll with NEO infeed. The scope of supply also includes the cooling and stacking line.

Australian Panels will further be drawing on the Siempelkamp Group’s bundled competence at its new location: Pallmann, a specialist in size-reduction technology, will be supplying new knife-ring flakers, double stream mills, and the established cleaning and grinding robots for knife rings.

And Büttner, one of Siempelkamp’s subsidiaries, will also be contributing its expertise as it will be supplying a 6.5 x 32R sized drum dryer and flash-tube.

Siempelkamp also reported that “a reliable and fast service” from Siempelkamp, under the management of Geoff Robson in Australia, made it “easier” for Australian Panels to go ahead with the joint project.

In 2016, the Australian company ordered a particleboard line with an almost identical scope for its site in New South Wales. At 8ft x 50.4m, this press is shorter than the one for the current project.

Australian Panels most recent order was for an 8ft x 18.8m medium-density fibreboard (MDF) line with ContiRoll for the production of thin boards in 2019.

“We are pleased to be working with our Australian customer to complete the ‘Big Five’ of their plant portfolio. Being involved in a project of this scale is a great compliment for everyone in our group,” said Samiron Mondal, managing director of Siempelkamp Group.