The project is the latest to deploy Dieffenbacher’s CEBRO smart plant concept introduced in 2021. CEBRO is designed to combine digitalization and advanced plant engineering with operational excellence and sustainability solutions.

When Uniboard’s final phase is completed in 2025, capacity at the modernized plant will increase by almost 50% versus the multi-opening particleboard line whose main components were supplied by Dieffenbacher in 1988. 

The Uniboard contract includes a 10ft x 35m long CPS+ continuous press, two EVOjet P glue-saving systems, the new Forming Station PB and new Wireless STS storage system. 

Uniboard will also use the MyDIEFFENBACHER digital service platform and Dieffenbacher’s smart digitalization solution EVORIS to better understand and control their new plant. The included Intelligent Air Management System will create cleaner air and improve the working environment. 

Dieffenbacher will also deliver technology for dust and material preparation, glue preparation and dosing, the press exhaust system and raw board handling system.

“The Dieffenbacher technology and expertise will broaden our product offering and availability,” said Uniboard CEO and President James Hogg.

“It will significantly improve board quality and expand our range of board formats and thicknesses, allowing us to enter the market for thin panels, a biocomposite in high demand in North America.”

Uniboard employs more than 800 people at its sites in Sayabec, Val-d’Or and Mont-Laurier.