Dieffenbacher provided more details for the new oriented strand board (OSB) plant at Kronospan’s Sanem site in Luxembourg. According to the equipment supplier’s announcement, Kronospan plans to invest EUR 330 million over the next four years. The commissioning is set for autumn 2018.
The multi-opening plant, in operation since 1996, was one of the first OSB production plants in Western Europe. After more than 20 years of operation, it will be replaced by a continuous production line with CPS+. In addition to the press, the order also covers the forming station, the forming line, the finishing line (comprising a diagonal saw, large stack formation and large stack storage) as well as the conveyor technology, the filter systems and the press exhaust air treatment. The execution and supervision of the assembly are also included in the Dieffenbacher scope of supply. Before the planned new construction of a particleboard plant in the second project phase, the existing OSB plant will be partially refurbished and modernized.
The new plant was planned entirely using 3D design tools. This allowed Dieffenbacher to fine-tune the plant structure to the conditions at the site, largely avoiding additional preparatory work for Kronospan. The contract was signed at the end of May, and commissioning is set for autumn 2018.
Sanem will be the sixth OSB project completed by Dieffenbacher for Kronospan in less than 15 years. Kronospan also produces OSB panels using Dieffenbacher plants in Jihlava (Czech Republic), Riga (Latvia), Brasov (Romania), Mogilev (Belarus) and Strzelce Opolskie (Poland).
The company is a leading global producer and distributor of wood-based panels, including Particleboard (PB), Medium density fibreboard (MDF), Laminate flooring, oriented strand board (OSB), as well as other products like UF, MUF and MF resins for wood-based panels and also other associated value added products, such as melamine-faced panels, worktops, wall panels, window sills, lacquered HDF, compact boards, high pressure laminates (HPL) and others. Kronospan manufactures wood-based panels at more than 40 sites employing over 14,000 people.