Following the start of assembly in July 2020 and the completion of the dry run at the end of January 2021, the production of the first board represents a further milestone in the implementation of the project.

“Congratulations and, above all, thanks go to the entire Kastamonu team who made it possible to implement the project on time and successfully during these special times,” said Ulrich Kaiser, head of sales at Siempelkamp.

“The clear and fast communication with the customer's project management during the entire course of the project should also be emphasized,” added Siempelkamp project manager Axel Weiss.

“This is the basis for a successful project.”

The new particleboard line includes a Generation 9 ContiRoll press in the 7ft x 37.1m format, designed for a daily output of approximately 2,000m3. The focus of production is on the Turkish furniture industry as a sales market.

The plant is the 8th Siempelkamp plant with continuous press technology which Kastamonu currently operates across in Turkey, Russia and Italy.