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October 18, 2019

Vietnam’s Donghwa orders a new Siempelkamp MDF press

Vietnam’s Donghwa orders a new Siempelkamp MDF press

Dongwha, Asia's largest producer of engineered wood from Korea, is securing the "longest MDF press in Asia" for the second time with another 8' x 47.1 m press. The new, third Siempelkamp plant ordered by the company is designed for processing the demanding raw material acacia.

Already in 2010 and 2015, the company VRG Dongwha, a joint venture of Dongwha International and the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), ordered two MDF plants from Siempelkamp. Both plants produce in the south of Vietnam in the greater Saigon area and serve the country's continuously growing wood-based products market.

The new investment in a third Siempelkamp plant is being made by Dongwha as an individual company in order to exploit the specific resource deposits in northern Vietnam in the Hanoi area. Here, acacia is considered one of the most common tree species - ideal for improving soil quality, filtering pollutants and enriching the soil with nitrogen. However, the raw material acacia presents board producers with challenges due to its demanding fibre geometry.

According to the manufacturer, the ContiRoll® Generation 9 NEO – stands for New Entry Option - is a continuous press with extended highly flexible press infeed that ensures controlled de-aeriation of the mat - important for reliable process stability at high production speeds, especially with special fibre geometries.

In addition to the forming and press line, board handling and a glue kitchen adapted to the raw material acacia, the scope of supply also includes a dryer and an energy system from Siempelkamp subsidiary Büttner. After the groundbreaking beginning of December 2019, delivery/assembly will start in the third quarter of 2020, commissioning is scheduled for the late summer of 2021.

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