The German company said the high number against the background of the pandemic situation was a “special achievement” based on flexibility, the intensive exchange with plant operators and the well-used opportunities of remote service.

Five projects were accepted in North America, three in China, two in Turkey and one each in Thailand, Vietnam, India, Russia and Brazil. All but one of the projects were in the in the wood-based panel industry.

In the Asian market, plants for MDF production formed the focus, while the other projects were realized for particleboard or OSB production. One short-cycle press line was accepted in North America and one in Brazil, and a multidaylight line for OSB production was also accepted in North America. 

All other plants for the wood-based panel industry accepted in 2021 will be producing according to the ContiRoll concept. 

"The ongoing pandemic situation with the associated travel restrictions and quarantine conditions was ambitious,” said Egbert Schulte, Siempelkamp’s head of project management.

“In addition, the workload of the projects shifted from 2020 to 2021 due to the corona-related interruptions at the customer construction sites; the same applies to the seven start-ups we carried out in 2021.”

Nine of the accepted plants are produced by Siempelkamp regular customers and six by new customers.