Technology supplier Siempelkamp announced that the plant – utilising its ContiRoll – had started production on March 14, producing 700m3 per day (210,000m3 annually).

The ContiRoll has dimensions of 4' x 48.7 m and is the longest 4’ ContiRoll from Siempelkamp. In addition, this milestone stands for almost 40 years of business relations between Vanachai and Siempelkamp.

The plant complements Vanachai's production spectrum with OSB and sets new benchmarks in the Southeast Asian wood-based panel market, which has long been dominated by particleboard and MDF plants.

For Siempelkamp, this latest cooperation represents another important reference in Southeast Asia through the first industrial use of rubberwood in the production of OSB boards.

"With the new plant we are setting ourselves ambitious goals for the wood-based panel production of the future,” said Wanthana Jaroennawarat, chairman of the Executive Board at Vanachai.

“Our boards are produced highly efficiently and according to strict sustainability criteria, and our plants are state-of-the-art. In this respect, Siempelkamp, as a partner with many years of experience and strong innovative capabilities, is the right choice for an ambitious project like this one."

Vanachai, founded in 1943 as a sawmill, started its co-operation with Siempelkamp in the early 1980s with single-opening presses installed at the Chachoengsao location.

Today at the Surat Thani production site, six wood-based panel plants for particleboard, MDF, and now OSB cover all performance facets for Vanachai. It is considered a megasite, with total panel product output of 2 million m3 per year.