Jiangsu Huidian New Materials starts up U-flaker at Shuyang, China, site; produced by Siempelkamp subsidiary Pallmann, the U-flaker is valued for its high-quality hybrid board production and resource efficiency

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KREFELD, Germany , July 11, 2023 (press release) –

Milestone for a revolutionary Siempelkamp concept in China: Jiangsu Huidian New Materials Co, Ltd. put its U-flaker into operation at its Shuyang site on June 9th. This is the Siempelkamp Group’s third U-flaker that has been installed in China, two others are being operated at plants in Guangxi and Shandong.

U-Flaker at Jiangsu Huidian

The Asian market in particular sees the U-flaker concept as revolutionary as it is a great response to the high value placed on hybrid board production. These special boards combine a core layer that consists of long and particularly thin flakes with a fine particleboard surface layer.

The U-flaker, developed by Siempelkamp’s subsidiary Pallmann, sets new standards for this type of board both in terms of product quality and resource efficiency. Knife shafts using the one-step flaking process yield a superior flake quality with a good bending strength, which means that boards made from this type of flakes are also characterized by a good bending strength. The flakes are cut in parallel to the grain to produce longer average lengths and thinner flakes that are of a greater quality. The reduction in board weight of up to between 10 and 15% is also not to be ignored. Glue consumption along with the electrical installed power are significantly reduced when compared with the classic two-stage process – which also means lower investments and operating costs for plant operators.

This process allows the use of smaller log diameters of less than 80 millimeters and other wood assortments that would otherwise not be suitable for other direct flaking processes. Thanks to flaking by knife shafts, excellent wood furnish can be produced from almost any starting material. The U-flaker in Shuyang may therefore be used with almost any type of raw material, such as logs, slabs and cores from the veneer peeling process. The fact that it’s also possible to process locally available woods that are not associated with long transport routes also makes the manufacturing of boards with these methods particularly ecological. “Both the product properties and our concept’s resource efficiency convince in the market; the large savings in raw materials alone make a significant contribution to our boards’ competitiveness in price-sensitive markets,” says Marc Müller, Head of Commercial Sales Siempelkamp.

Optimum results thanks to Siempelkamp teamwork

The successful launch of production at Jiangsu Huidian is built on the commitment and efficiency of Siempelkamp’s team: Siempelkamp’s staff in Qingdao and its German subsidiaries, above all ‘Team Pallmann’, worked together in close dialog with the customer’s team. The plant’s performance, the product quality and the on-site support were all highly praised by the customer.

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