Indian MDF pioneer orders third plant
India’s largest MDF producer, Greenpanel Industries Ltd, has ordered an MDF plant from Dieffenbacher for the third time. Greenpanel pioneered the Indian MDF market in 2010 with the commissioning of the first continuous wood-based panel plant on the subcontinent – a Dieffenbacher MDF plant in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. In 2018, a second plant was added in Routhusuramala, Andhra Pradesh – another milestone, as the 56-meter CPS is the longest continuous press in Asia. The new thin-plate line based on Dieffenbacher’s “Cebro” smart-plant concept is now also being built at the same site.
“In the past two years, we have been able to expand our MDF production capacity from 500,000 to 660,000 m³, but the demand for our high-quality boards produced on our Dieffenbacher lines is still much higher,” explains Shobhan Mittal, managing director and CEO of Greenpanel. “Since we had such a good experience with our first two MDF plants from Dieffenbacher, there was no question for us that we would order our third plant from Dieffenbacher as well. The CEBRO Smart Plant concept added another plus point that made the decision very easy for us.”
For the new CEBRO line, which is scheduled to start up in Routhusuramala in the summer of 2024, Greenpanel has ordered from Dieffenbacher the fiber dryer, the classifier, the forming station and forming train, the CPS+ continuous press system including press exhaust air cleaning system, the raw board transport system and the new Wireless STS raw board storage system. The Dieffenbacher scope of supply also includes the MyDieffenbacher digital service platform and the new “Evoris” digitizing solution.
“‘Evoris’ is a great digitization system that will help us make even better decisions within a very short time,” Mittal said. “That’s why we decided to use ,Evoris’ not only in our new plant, but also to retrofit it in our existing MDF plant in Routhusuramala,” he concludes.