The project in Phu Tho will see Mekong Wood, until now a trader in wood-based panels, enter the board production business. Local raw materials, including acacia and eucalyptus, will be used as feedstock for the plant.

Siempelkamp recently had a successful start-up of the first plant in Vietnam which processes acacia wood – a challenging raw material in the production process. 

Siempelkamp will be the turnkey supplier, from the planning of the complete plant and supply of the entire process technology to the supervision of the installation and the start-up.

The heart of the new factory will be a forming and ContiRoll press line in the 8ft x 47.1m format with NEO press infeed. This special infeed geometry is designed to process acacia; the extended, highly flexible infeed heating plate facilitates deaeration of the mat and prevents blowouts and steel belt damage even at high production speeds. 

The plant will be designed for an annual production capacity of over 400,000m³, which will be supplied mainly to the furniture industry. The thickness range for these boards is focused on 15 to 17mm, with a possible spectrum of 3.5 to 32mm.

“This order is a compliment to our commitment to introduce press concepts for processing the most demanding raw materials extremely successfully to the market,” said Marc Mu¨ller, head of commercial sales at Siempelkamp.

“We are pleased to accompany Mekong Wood's entry into board production – and to follow up our good reputation with another excellent performance.”