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Kastamonu Entegre AS and Siempelkamp: Superlative timelines

Krefeld, 02. May 2023 – On March 27th, an MDF plant made by Siempelkamp in Balıkesir that had been ordered by the Turkish wood-based panel producer Kastamonu Entegre AS had its final inspection. Time is a precious factor when building a wood-based panel plant - and so it is worth taking a closer look at the safely managed timelines of this and two other plants that the two partners realized / are realizing together.

First board on February 6th, 2023, final inspection on March 27th: the MDF plant at the Balıkesir site – top row: the investment team from Kastamonu Entegre with CEO Haluk Yildiz (7th from left), to his right Investment and Projects Director Hasan Akpinar and CEO Officer Talha Aydin. Bottom row center: Siempelkamp Project Manager Axel Weiss.

Just nine and a half months from the start of assembly to final inspection – an amazingly tight timeline achieved by the teams from Kastamonu Entegre and Siempelkamp between June 2022 and March 27th, 2023. This MDF plant is setting completely new standards in the wood-based panel industry; with the format 8‘ x 63.7 m it includes the longest ContiRoll® on the Turkish market. “The ramp-up curve to final inspection of the scope of delivery in just seven weeks stands out in particular within the entire timeline – a super performance by both teams,” says a pleased Ulrich Kaiser, Head of Sales Wood Division at Siempelkamp. The new plant will be used to manufacture standard grade MDF, lightweight MDF (L-MDF), and HDF. The products are placed in both the local and in export markets where the furniture and flooring industry benefit from them.

In 2020/2021 already, “Team Siempelkamp” and “Team Kastamonu Entegre” realized an equally successfully managed timeline: The plant for producing particle board that Kastamonu Entegre is operating at the Samsun site was completed within nine and a half months from the start of installation in July 2020 until the final inspection in early May 2021 – despite all the COVID-19 restrictions. The process was run extremely efficiently thanks to the excellent teamwork between the plant operator and the supplier: The clear and fast communication with our client's project management made the entire project run very smoothly, for which we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the entire team”, says Siempelkamp Project Manager Axel Weiss looking back.

“We are aiming for a hat trick...”,

… smiles Ulrich Kaiser, with a view to another project that Kastamonu Entegre is currently realizing with Siempelkamp: In January 2023, installation of a new plant to produce particle board started at the Kastamonu City site. The plant is the tenth in the chronology of continuous presses that Kastamonu Entegre has ordered from Siempelkamp so far. This cooperation is also already characterized by great team spirit that could ensure another superlative timeline. Reporting will continue...

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