After the particleboard and MDF boom of earlier years, OSB production is gaining momentum in the Southeast Asian wood-based panel market. Confirming this trend is the first continuous OSB plant in Thailand, being constructed for the Vanachai Group, one of the leading Asian particleboard and MDF manufacturers.
As part of the plant, Vanachai has ordered from Dieffenbacher a 32-meter long, 6-meter diameter drum dryer, a wet strand bin and automation of the front-end from the debarker to the strander.
In the past five years, Dieffenbacher has sold nearly 30 drum dryers worldwide. With three particleboard and two OSB dryers, Southeast Asia accounts for five of these orders, making Dieffenbacher the sole supplier of drum dryers to every OSB plant in the region.
Image: Project meeting in Bangkok. From left to right: Holger Ries (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher), Phumsakdi Chullavallibha (Assistant Managing Director, Vanachai), Apichai Boonsawang (Project Engineer, Vanachai), Pitsanupong Ruxpakawong (Project Engineer, Vanachai), Alexander Hoffmann (Managing Director, Maier).