Brazilian wood panel producer Duratex will not decide final MDP, MDF production details at Nova Monte Carmelo, Minas Gerais, until 2015; US$1.4M greenfield scheme to install two presses will have combined annual capacity of 1.4 million m3
April 8, 2014
(Industry Intelligence Inc.)
– Brazilian wood panel producer Duratex says it will not decide the final production details of its US$550 million panel manufacturing complex in Minas Gerais state until 2015, according to a report by Wood Based Panels International.
The greenfield scheme to build two continuous press board lines at an 150-acre site in Nova Monte Carmelo with a combined annual capacity of more than 1.4 million m3 was announced in 2013. Duratex confirmed it had ordered the lines, each with a capacity of 700,000 m3/year each, from m Siempelkamp.
At the time the company intended to dedicate the first line, due to enter production in late 2016, to MDP production, while the bigger 750,000m3/year77m press line would produce MDF and would enter production in 2017. By installing the two lines together, Duratex expected to save up to 10% of the cost. The project includes three melamine laminating lines and a paper impregnator, reported WBPI.
Since then, Duratex has indicated it will not make a final decision on which press will produce MDP and which will produce MDF until 2015.
WBPI suggested that the change could be a reaction to news that rival Brazilian producer Berneck is to launch its 840,000m3/yr MDP line at Curitibanos in 2015.
The primary source of this article is Wood Based Panels International, London, on March 18, 2014.