The factory produced its first board on December 14 with a Dieffenbacher plant which will use about 15% of the 500,000 tonnes of palm waste generated yearly in the UAE to produce 120,000 m³ of OSB per year.

Al Talah Board contracted with Dieffenbacher in 2019 to create the OSB plant, which will help keep slow-to-biodegrade palm waste out of landfills and industrial composting pits. Dieffenbacher’s scope of supply included the strand production, drum dryer, screens and material recovery equipment, gluing system, forming station and forming line, CPS+ continuous press with press emission control system, the raw board handling and electrics and plant automation. 

“Our chairman Mr Hatem Farah envisioned 18 years ago using our country’s abundance of palm trees to produce sustainable building products,” said Mazen Dukmak, business development manager at Al Talah Board.

“We are the world’s first company to use recycled palm waste to produce premium quality OSB. We made this happen with the technical collaboration of Dieffenbacher, their production know-how, and because of their expertise in the field of alternative raw materials.”