Defies economic slowdown
Eppingen-based machine and plant manufacturer Dieffenbacher is successfully withstanding the general global economic weakness through its focus on sustainable technologies. Numerous project wins justify the company’s creation of its Recycling Business Unit on January 1, 2019. Strong growth in this area is expected in 2020.
Wood recycling plants for the wood-based panels industry were the main driver of Dieffenbacher’s recycling success in 2019. The company anticipates continued high demand from the wood-based panel industry, but also expects growth in its other target markets – Alternative Fuels, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and “Waste 2 Product.”
An order in 2019 from a municipality in Sweden to expand and modernize its biogas plant typifies the expected projects. Household food waste and grassland from local farming will be used to produce environmentally friendly fuel for public transport and organic fertilizer. The expansion will increase plant capacity from 23,000 to 40,000 tonnes per year.
Overall, 2019 was a positive year for the Dieffenbacher Group as a whole. The company was particularly successful in supplying complete plants on all continents. Sales are developing according to plan, and capacity utilization at all production sites is secured well into the coming year.
The Wood Business Unit booked 18 new plant orders by the end of November. Twelve of these were received by Dieffenbacher in Eppingen, while the Chinese subsidiary Shanghai Wood-based Panel Machinery (SWPM) received six orders for continuous production lines for smaller capacities. Orders came both from existing and new customers, demonstrating that Dieffenbacher plants are valued by established wood-based panel producers and new market entrants.
The Swiss Krono Group, which last commissioned a new Dieffenbacher particleboard line in Menznau, Switzerland, in September 2017, ordered a complete OSB plant this year with a 65-meter-long “CPS+” for its location in Sharya, Russia. Additional orders were received from Camsan Ordu (MDF plant in Ordu, Turkey) and for one of Asia's largest particleboard plants in Guangxi, China, among others. For another Chinese customer, Dieffenbacher will supply one of the largest complete plants in the world for the production of Fine Surface OSB (OSB with particleboard surface layers) including a 65-meter-long “CPS+”.
With 14 plant startups in the past 10 months, Dieffenbacher has given its customers around the globe the tools they need to gain a decisive edge over their competitors with ultra-modern, efficient production plants.