Visionary project on “Green Technology”: Wood Technology Co. (WOTECH) orders MDF plant based on rice straw from Siempelkamp

Contract signing in December 2019 in Cairo, center: Chem. Azza Aabd Alaty Serry, Chairman WOTECH – left Jürgen Philipps, Managing Director Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH, right Jochen Dauter, Sales Director Siempelkamp

In December, the Egyptian company Wood Technology Co. (WOTECH) placed a milestone project regarding “Green Technology” at Siempelkamp. Representatives of both companies signed the contract for an MDF plant with an annual production capacity of 205,000 which will process the annual plant rice straw as raw material.

With this plant, WOTECH is positioning itself in the areas of environmental protection and resource efficiency, because the value-added use of rice straw opens up new perspectives for a raw material that would otherwise be burned as a waste product. The concept is also attractive for countries such as Egypt, which do not have sufficient wood resources for industrial use. “We have been pursuing research into the raw material and the development of a market-ready plant for processing rice straw for many years. In this respect, we are very pleased about the order from our Egyptian partner who is breaking new ground in sustainable wood-based products production with us,” says Jürgen Philipps, Managing Director Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH. WOTECH is the second customer after CalAg, LLC, California, to ask Siempelkamp for an MDF plant based on rice straw.

The expertise of the Krefeld-based company is once again confirmed by this demand. In the area of production – e.g. spreading machines, forming and press line – the production process is comparable to that of MDF production. The greenend process, however, the straw preparation, requires specific adjustments which Siempelkamp has developed to market maturity. “Among other things, the preparation, handling, and processing of the rice straw were newly developed in the production process,” explains Jochen Dauter, Sales Director Siempelkamp.

The contract value for the new project marks the third-largest single order ever placed with Siempelkamp. The WOTECH company, founded for this project by companies of the Egyptian oil and gas industry which are part of the country’s Ministry of Petroleum, has also received positive feedback on the political level. The new plant is considered a fundamental contribution to supporting the governmental efforts in Egypt to realize an environmentally friendly, CO2-reducing and sustainable use of rice straw. It will also create jobs in the MDF production and furniture industry.