LUXEMBOURG - As part of a new order placed with Dieffenbacher for an expansion and modernization project at Kronospan's Sanem site in Luxembourg, the company plans on investing over $389.6 million (30 million euros) over the next four years.
 
With a plan for a continuous production line with CPS+, the existing oriented strand board (OSB) plant, one of the first in Western Europe, will be partially refurbished and modernized before moving into the second project phase which includes the construction of a particleboard plant.
 
The execution and supervision of the assembly are included in the Dieffenbacher scope of supply. The order also covers the forming station, the forming line, the finishing line as well as the conveyor technology, the filter systems, and the press exhaust air treatment. 
 
To avoid additional preparatory work for Kronospan, 3D design tools were used to design the plant allowing Dieffenbacher to refine the plant structure to the conditions at the site.
 
The project continues the long-standing collaboration between both companies with the Sanem site being the sixth OSB project completed by Dieffenbacher for Kronospan in less than 15 years.
 
The contract was signed at the end of May, and commissioning is set for autumn 2018.