Expanding Brazilian panel maker Berneck SA has signed a contract to buy a 414,000m3/year continuous MDF line from Siempelkamp for a new industrial complex it is planning in Curitibanos in Brazil’s Santa Catarina state.
The MDF deal, formally agreed at the end of august, represents an about-turn for the Paraná state-based company which, early this year, said it planned to install a 700,000m3/year medium density
particleboard (MDP) line in Santa Catarina.
That announcement was quickly followed by others from fellow Brazilian panel makers revealing significant new MDP capacity expansion plans, including a scheme by Duratex SA for a huge new one million m3/year line.
Berneck, which earlier this year was due to start up its first MDF line, also a Siempelkamp ContiRoll, at its Araucária plant near Curitiba, aims to launch the newly-ordered second line, with a 40.4m press, at Curitibanos in the second half of 2010.