Siempelkamp’s short-cycle press produces first board for Dexco at Brazil

Celebrating the first board at Agudos. From left to right: Jonathan Parisotto, Siempelkamp do Brasil; Rene Hladnik, Siempelkamp Czech Republic; Roman Ritsch, Siempelkamp Germany; Gustavo Lauris, Siempelkamp do Brasil; Yusuf Celebi, Siempelkamp; José Lauris, Siempelkamp do Brasil; Martin Kemmsies, Siempelkamp do Brasil.

On 29 Oct 2021, a short-cycle press line made by Siempelkamp produced its first board at Dexco’s manufacturing site at Agudos, Brazil. Dexco is a Brazilian wood-based panel producer. Siempelkamp claimed that the time span between the start of assembly and the first board was three months, which is a record time to produce a board.

The short-cycle press line is the fourth that Dexco, formerly Duratex, is building with Siempelkamp at the Agudos location. In addition, Dexco operates eight Siempelkamp plants with the ContiRoll press technology, with Duratex ordering their first ContiRoll 25 years ago. The contract for the current project was signed in November 2020. 73 days after the arrival of the last container, the first board was produced.

The plant has a capacity of 240 cycles per hour. The project was realised by Siempelkamp teams from Brazil, Germany, and the Czech Republic together with the Dexco team. The customer describes the collaborative work from project planning through engineering and assembly to the actual commissioning as “perfect symphony and collaboration”. Due to COVID-19, not all Siempelkamp employees traveled to Brazil for the first board – however, a live broadcast ensured that the German Siempelkamp team was able to experience the event digitally and congratulate its Brazilian partner.