Since 2006, the group has also devoted itself to developing and producing formaldehyde-free panels made of wood and straw and founded the subsidiary Wanhua Ecoboard for this purpose.

In 2015, Wanhua Ecoboard signed its first contract with Dieffenbacher for a straw-based particleboard plant, taking advantage of the German manufacturer’s expertise in developing equipment to process alternative raw materials, specifically annual plants and fast-growing woods.

A second order followed about a year later. Now, one year later, Wanhua and Dieffenbacher are working on the third project.

The new order includes the core package of a straw particleboard plant, from the forming station and the 8.5ft wide and 28m long CPS through to the raw board handling and extraction system.

The plant will be installed at Wanhua's site in Jingmen in the Chinese province of Hubei. Commissioning is planned for mid-2018.

Dieffenbacher has also received an order for a new plant in China from Guangxi Hengxian Xin Weilin Panel Industry. An OSB plant with a capacity of 220,000m³/year will be constructed in Nanning beginning in November 2017, with production of the first board scheduled for April 2018.

Dieffenbacher is supplying the gluing system, the forming station, the CPS with a width of 8.5ft and a length of 22.5m, the raw board handling and the extraction system and is also responsible for the entire electrical system and plant automation.