PRACHINBURI, Thailand – Metro-Ply Group, one of the largest wood-based panel manufacturers in Thailand, has opened a new, state-of-the-art MDF plant. It is the first Thai plant, and among the first in the world, to incorporate Dieffenbacher’s CPS+ continuous press.

Dieffenbacher began development of the new generation of presses in 2014, with a goal was to improve the thickness tolerances of manufactured boards. Using a modular frame with a new arrangement of press cylinders, the CPS+ is said to ensure perfectly even distribution of pressure when pressing the board. This provides consistent product quality and low raw material consumption.

The CPS+ features variable double joint press infeed, thermal expansion of the frames—which allow product changeover on the fly without interruptions—and the Parallel Press Gap System (PPS), which stops the mat "breathing out" between the cylinder banks.

In addition to the press, which measures roughly 9 feet wide and 132 feet long, Dieffenbacher supplied the drum dryer, the core layer sifter, the forming station with air spreading system—including roller deck, the forming line with prepress, and the entire raw board handling system and the automated raw board storage system.

The Metro-Ply Group will use the new CPS+ plant to produce MDF for worldwide export. The plant will soon be put into three-shift operation and achieve an annual capacity of over 6.5 million square feet.

The second CPS+ within the Metro-Ply Group—the third CPS+ sold by Dieffenbacher—will also soon be put into operation. Metro-Ply subsidiary Advance Fiber, based in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, plans to commission a new THDF plant with CPS+ press in the second quarter of 2017.

Metro-Ply is the first Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) manufacturer in Thailand who received the ISO 9002 certification from International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to ensure the quality of management and improve the production process