In the latter part of 2007 and the first part of this year, Globus says it has successfully commissioned several items of machinery for the production of chips and flakes. Among the orders received was a plant for PT Kutai, Indonesia, part of the Sumitomo Forestry Group. Another successful project was carried out at Alfawood’s MDF factory in Pindos, Greece, while a third comprised the second milling line for Sunlight Wood Products of Pakistan. In May this year, the company also commissioned a chipping and flaking line in Nevrokopi Varna, Bulgaria, and it is currently commissioning a new plant for William Tell in South Africa.
As mentioned earlier, Globus is not just involved in the panel industry but has also supplied machinery to customers involved in the production of materials for bio-mass power plants. A new line with a capacity of 150 tons per hour has recently been commissioned in Hungary as the fourth line sold in that country. Bearing in mind the high cost of energy these days, Globus adopted a new slogan at the Xylexpo exhibition in Milan in May: “We do not cut only your wood, but also your costs”. The company believes that it is essential for its customers to reduce energy wastage as much as possible in order to limit their costs, at the same time as safeguarding the environment.
Mr Paron says his technical staff are dedicated to constant research to achieve these two aims and that his company’s new machine generation has already been tested by its customers, who have been satisfied that both objectives have been met. Thanks to the particular geometry of the drum in Globus’ drum chippers, the company says it is able to produce one ton of chips while utilising only an average of 4kW of power. In its knife ring flakers, the company’s patented system for the distribution of the flakes on the whole knife length means that less than 20kW of power are required to produce one tonne, bone-dry, of flakes.
Pursuing this philosophy, Globus has given particular attention to the optimisation of the use of wood scraps obtained from other manufacturing processes. For instance, a new line able to produce strands, starting from waste from the plywood industry, has already been tested in the company’s Galliate factory, says Mr Paron. The exorbitant increase in the price of a barrel of oil makes it more advantageous day-by-day to use wood for energy generation. For this reason we are developing engineering for the supply of complete lines for pellet production and this has already produced a positive response from several of our customers. Particular attention has also been devoted to strengthening our service (which was in fact our core business 30 years ago), believing that the relationship with the customer starts with the sale, but that the post-sale stage is also particularly important and to this end we have a dedicated internal organisation devoted to after-sales service.