Kastamonu Entegre's particleboard plant at Kastamonu, Turkey, was running on three-shifts in August, just eight months after Siempelkamp installed plant; the companies have rapidly commissioned two particleboard plants and an MDF plant within three years

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KREFELD, Germany , October 23, 2023 (press release) –

Kastamonu Entegre and Siempelkamp have achieved a hat trick no less than three times in three years: Both partners realized successful and rapid commissioning and final inspection of two particleboard plants and an MDF plant.

“We are aiming for a hat trick...,” announced Ulrich Kaiser, Head of Sales Wood Division at Siempelkamp, in Spring 2023 after the last final inspection at Kastamonu Entegre. The time has come: At the end of August, only nine days after the first board, the particleboard plant at the Kastamonu City site is running in stable three-shift operation. This means that the total time taken from the start of installation in January 2023 to three-shift operation was around eight months!

So for the third time in a row, Kastamonu Entegre and Siempelkamp have achieved an excellent result together. Most recently, both teams managed a really tight timeline from the start of installation in June 2022 to final inspection within nine months in Balıkesir. This is where Kastamonu Entegre is operating an MDF plant which includes the longest ContiRoll in Turkey, measuring 8' x 63.7 m. The speed of the ramp-up curve ending with final inspection of the scope of supply in just seven weeks stood out in particular within the overall timeline.

In 2020/2021 already, both partners had realized a project that was just as successful. It only took nine and a half months from start of installation to final inspection of the Siempelkamp particleboard plant that Kastamonu Entegre is currently operating at the Samsun site – despite the restrictions caused by COVID-19.

“The current third project in a row has benefited from our joint experience gained over the first two projects. We grew together with the client's team to form a joint, highly motivated team in each of these projects. This motivation was a key to our success – especially because we repeatedly made quick and, above all, the right decisions together during the course of the project,” confirms Axel Weiss who played a major part in the hat trick as the Siempelkamp project manager.

Another key success factor was the high-quality and brilliantly organized supply share. Kastamonu Entregre ordered a forming and press line with ContiRoll in the format 7‘ x 37.1 m for its most recent particleboard plant. The automation, cooling and stacking line and sanding line were also included in the spec. “We managed the installation in record time together – despite cramped conditions and lack of space. That only works if the customer and supplier are perfectly well-coordinated,” explains Axel Weiss.

Ulrich Kaiser adds: “Realizing three projects like this together in such a short time is exceptional. Thanks go to the Kastamonu Entegre team for so much trust and great teamwork!”

About Siempelkamp

As a technology provider for machinery and equipment, casting and nuclear technology the Siempelkamp group has an international footprint. We are a system supplier of press lines and complete plants for the wood-based panel industry, metal forming, as well as the composites and rubber industries. With one of the world’s largest hand-molding foundries, we manufacture large cast parts at our Krefeld location; these have a total unit weight of up to 320 t. We also provide transport and storage containers for radioactive waste, and specialize in the dismantling of nuclear plants. The wood-based panel industry forms one of our central markets and our core competence: We cover the entire production process for wood-based panels – from round log and raw material handling up to storage and handling solutions for the finished wood-based panels as well as new approaches of machine learning. We provide our customers with comprehensive after sales & service throughout the entire life cycle of their plant.


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