KREFELD, GERMANY – KronoStar, one of the largest wood processing operations in Russia, has purchased a particleboard plant from longtime business partner Siempelkamp. The plant will be completely integrated and custom fitted into the existing infrastructure of KronoStar's site in Sharya, Russia, without delays during planning.

The site, located around 370 miles northwest of Moscow, already includes an MDF plant, as well as a separate particleboard plant.

Specifically, the purchase includes a wood yard, a universal drum flaker with a production capacity of 25 bone dry tons per hour, a Büttner drum dryer with a material throughput of 36 bone dry tons per hour, screens and sifters made by Siempelkamp's subsidiary CMC, a resin blending system with resin kitchen, a 4-head forming station, and a ContiRoll press. In addition to the forming line, other supplies include a cooling and stacking line, and mechanical and pneumatic conveyors.

Quality concept: 'Lead Engineering' by Sicoplan

The smooth integration of the plant will be made possible by three-dimensional surveying performed by engineering consultant firm and Siempekamp subsidiary Sicoplan.

"To carry out this measuring method to such an extent is, in light of the complex general conditions, a special feature," explains Dr. Hans Fechner, Siempelkamp’s spokesman. "In this way, planning errors should not arise in the first place."

Sicoplan works by establishing the basic conditions of installing a new press line in an existing factory with ongoing production. The firm designs all components with the concrete knowledge of actual local conditions and infrastructure. Existing components in the factory are updated as part of the order. The planning tasks also incorporate the necessary plant extensions for the new production line.

The new production line will be carried out by Siempekamp and enable KronoStar to increase particleboard production capacities by 42,000 ft.³/day.