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Kastamonu Entegre AS and Siempelkamp: New mega site of superlatives in Turkey!

Krefeld, November 23th, 2021 – The trusting business partnership between Kastamonu Entegre AS and Siempelkamp has resulted in a new highlight. The Turkish wood-based panel producer placed an order for an 8' x 63.7 m MDF wood-based panel plant with ContiRoll®. This makes it the longest of the 32 ContiRolls® and the longest continuous press on the Turkish market. With this project, the two partners are setting completely new standards in the wood-based panel industry; the installation of the new press line will create another superlative mega site in Turkey!

Together at the Gebze site: top Onur Nur, Mert Can Akpınar (both Investment and Project Team Kastamonu Entegre), second row: Bora Semiz, Harun Aydın (Investment and Project Team Kastamonu Entegre), third row: İhsan Tarhan (Investment and Project Team Kastamonu Entegre), Ulrich Kaiser (Siempelkamp), bottom: Hasan Akpınar (Global Investment and Projects Director Kastamonu Entegre), Umur İzgi Kıran (Investment and Project Team Kastamonu Entegre), Nilgün Binbay (Siempelkamp). Involved but not in the photo: Teyfik Akdağ (Investment and Project Team Kastamonu Entegre).

Following the definition of the Swedish-Finnish management consultancy AFRY, production sites with a raw board production capacity of more than one million m³/year with downstream finishing processes – "added value" – are referred to as mega sites in the wood-based panel industry.

Thus far, four of these mega sites exist in Turkey, all of which are equipped with Siempelkamp ContiRoll® press technology. With the new production plant at the Balıkesir location, Kastamonu Entegre is currently already developing its second mega site in Turkey. Since 2005, Kastamonu Entegre has been operating a 7' x 42.1 m ContiRoll® particleboard plant with an annual output of more than 600,000 m³ at the Balıkesir site in the west of the country. The other mega site is operated by Kastamonu Entegre at the location in Gebze, where HDF, MDF and particleboard are produced as raw boards on currently three continuous press lines and various plants are operated for further processing or finishing of these products.

In Balıkesir, an MDF plant is now being built which will represent several superlatives. Its press length of 63.7 m achieves the record "longest ContiRoll® press line in Turkey". With 65 tons/atro per hour, the largest fiber dryer in Turkey will also be installed by Siempelkamp's subsidiary Büttner, which ensures the optimal utilization of the press capacity for HDF production. The Generation 9 ContiRoll® press realizes a wide production range: Standard MDF, as well as especially light MDF (L-MDF) and HDF are produced. The products are used in the furniture and flooring industries and are marketed both locally and in export markets.

The scope of delivery for Kastamonu Entegre includes the special light-board package of the ContiRoll® hydraulic system. It enables the production of L-MDF and U1-LDF with gross densities of less than 500 kg/m³. The wood-based panel producer, which holds the top position in Turkey and ranks far ahead in the world industry rankings at number 6, is once again extending its lead with this new plant and is continuing on its expansion course. With the latest two investments in Samsun and now in Balikesir Kastamonu Entegre shall rank to position no. 5 globally.

The successful cooperation between Kastamonu Entegre and Siempelkamp dates back to 1969 – at that time Siempelkamp supplied a belt-tray plant for particleboard production to the Kastamonu City location. The new plant for the Balıkesir location is the ninth Siempelkamp plant with continuous press technology that Kastamonu Entegre has ordered from Siempelkamp so far. Kastamonu Entegre also operates two of the currently twelve 55.3 m ContiRoll® presses which Siempelkamp has supplied to Turkish wood-based panel producers so far. A total of 32 ContiRoll® presses are in operation at all sites of Turkish wood-based panel producers.

"Our thanks go to Kastamonu Entegre for more than 50 years of continuous trust in the Siempelkamp technology as well as in our team. We would also like to extend our thanks to the great investment and project team at Kastamonu Entegre, with whom we have paved the way for this project in an extremely constructive manner. We are looking forward to successfully realizing the current mega site project again with our partner and its team," says Ulrich Kaiser, Head of Sales Siempelkamp.

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