Construction of the new plant is scheduled to start shortly at Merino’s new site in Halol in the Indian state of Gujarat. “Particleboard production is new to us,” said Merino’s managing director Prakash Lohia.

“That’s why it was crucial for us to find partners who not only support us with state-of-the-art technology but also with their expertise in production and process know-how,” he said.

Sachin Pendharkar, managing director of Dieffenbacher India, said the company was excited to be partnering with Merino as it enters an allied business domain. “Together, we will make sure they get off to a great start in particleboard manufacturing,” he said. 

In addition to a CPS+ continuous press, Merino ordered a chipping line and flake preparation, forming station and forming line, press emission control system and raw board handling and the pneumatic transport and exhaust system with all necessary safety equipment.

The order also includes the drum dryer and Lukki raw board storage system. MyDIEFFENBACHER, Dieffenbacher’s digital service solutions platform consisting of the ticket and messaging app MyMessenger, the MyParts online spare parts catalogue and the condition monitoring solution MyCockpit, is also included.

In addition, Dieffenbacher is responsible for the plant electrics and automation and the engineering of the complete plant.

“This initiative is a big step in our efforts to continually enhance our business capabilities and reinforce our position as a leading company in the surfacing solutions industry,” concluded Prakash Lohia.