Dongwha, Asia’s largest producer of engineered wood, has ordered another 8ft x 47.1m press (Dongwha’s third Siempelkamp plant) for a factory to designed to use acacia wood.

VRG Dongwha, a joint venture of Dongwha International and the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), has already bought two plants – in 2010 and 2015 – from Siempelkamp. Both plants produce in the south of Vietnam in the greater Saigon area and serve the country's continuously growing wood-based products market.

The new investment is being made by Dongwha as an individual company in order to exploit the specific resource deposits in northern Vietnam in the Hanoi area. Here, acacia is considered one of the most common tree species – ideal for improving soil quality, filtering pollutants and enriching the soil with nitrogen.

However, the raw material acacia presents board producers with challenges due to its demanding fibre geometry.

The ContiRoll Generation 9 NEO (New Entry Option) – a continuous press with extended highly flexible press infeed that ensures controlled de-aeriation of the mat – (important for special fibre geometries) was specified for the project.

The innovative press concept, Siempelkamp’s experience in processing acacia and the successful relationship built during previous projects were decisive for Dongwha order.

"We are proud to once again support our Korean partner with a tailor-made solution to expand its market-leading position," said Marc Müller, area sales director Southeast Asia Siempelkamp.

In addition to the forming and press line, board handling and a glue kitchen adapted to the raw material acacia, the scope of supply also includes a dryer and an energy system from Siempelkamp subsidiary Büttner.

After groundbreaking beginning of December 2019, delivery/assembly will start in the third quarter of 2020, commissioning is scheduled for the late summer of 2021.