The largest particleboard plant in North America

Arauco

Santiago, Chile-based Arauco owns more than 1.7 million hectares of forestry land in South America and operates numerous sawmills, plywood mills, pulp mills and power plants. The company has systematically expanded its commitment to wood-based panel production over the past few years. Thanks to its acquisition of the Flakeboard group in North America and its share in the Portuguese Sonae Group, Arauco has become the second-largest producer of wood-based panels in the world.

In Grayling, Michigan, close to the famous Great Lakes and the border between the United States and Canada, Arauco will manufacture 800,000 m³ of particleboard per year, beginning in 2018. For the greenfield project, the company has purchased a complete particleboard plant from Dieffenbacher. The highlights of the scope of supply are Dieffenbacher’s EVOjet P gluing system, which uses up to 15% less glue; and the continuous CPS+ press, which, at 10 feet wide and 52.5 meters long, will be the largest particleboard press in North America and one of the largest in the world.

The contract also includes two driers, together with the associated energy system, dosing silos for the chips, a glue mixing station, forming stations and the forming line; as well as the raw board handling system, the sanding line and the Lukki storage system — which Arauco has already had good experiences with at its other sites.

Arauco greenfield site in Grayling, Michigan.

Image: Arauco construction site in Grayling, Michigan.

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