Editor’s pickTest field at full capacity: Siempelkamp sets new benchmarks

31-07-2019
Siempelkamp,Research and Development Centre,Krefeld test centre

The ContiRollÒ Generation 9 NEO is "ready for take-off" in the Krefeld test centre. Thus one of the most innovative press concepts enters the most important phase. The key features of this continuous press compared to its predecessor generations: extended flexible press infeed, innovative heating concept, innovative hydraulics, increased press  speed - features that have already motivated customers to buy the Generation 9 NEO.

 

Presentation wall with product samples made of annual plants and new wood-based panelboards at the R&D centre in Krefeld

Resource efficiency and the use of annual plants in panel board production are also among the current core topics of the Krefeld experts. Siempelkamp is positioning itself worldwide as a technological driver in this field. After intensive research and development, Siempelkamp brought new methods for processing alternative raw materials such as rice straw and bamboo for fibreboard production to series maturity - a topic that already caused a sensation at LIGNA 2019. Following the first order from California-based CalAg LCC, which ordered a complete Siempelkamp plant for processing rice straw in 2017, another customer has now placed a similar project in the Siempelkamp test centre. "Projects with annual plants are currently receiving the strongest response - here we are seeing many projects from customers represented worldwide," says Dr. Michael Schoeler, head of the Krefeld trial centre.

 

ContiRoll® Generation 9 NEO at the Siempelkamp Research and Development

The further development of classic wood-based panels is also meeting great response in the market and even more demand from the Siempelkamp test centre. Another project is dedicated to the production of hybrid boards. These new processes are characterised by a board surface that is particularly easy to coat and has very good mechanical properties," explains Dr. Michael Schoeler.