The heart of the new Hungarian plant is a state-of-the-art ContiRoll® press that churns out a new product called SWISS KRONO OSB bright. It is an OSB board with light-coloured, decorative surfaces that are so attractive that they can be used to good effect in classy building interiors without the need to finish or coat them. It will initially be supplied to Hungary and neighbouring countries. This launch marks SWISS KRONO’s return to manufacturing products in the region. The next step will be to tap and develop new markets in western and south-eastern Europe and, for meeting special needs, in Asia as well. OSB is used more frequently for decorative purposes in China than in Europe. And SWISS KRONO OSB is ideally suited for applications of that kind. To meet special requirements in the Japanese market, the plant in Hungary is also able to produce SWISS KRONO OSB with anti-slip surfaces.
A New Product: SWISS KRONO OSB bright
The first production trials for SWISS KRONO OSB bright took place back in June 2016. The product has already received CE certification and is manufactured in compliance with DIN EN 13986 using only completely formaldehyde-free bonding resins. Owing to its good-looking, light-coloured surfaces, it not only lends itself for classic constructive uses but is also excellently suited for exposed decorative applications in building interiors.
SWISS KRONO OSB bright owes its lovely hue to the use of wood harvested by thinning forests consisting of trees belonging to Populus species. Its emissions are extremely low, which also permits its use in sensitive, highly demanding applications. Besides being sturdy enough for loadbearing purposes, the boards also boast compressed, water-repellent ContiFinish® surfaces and are therefore suited for use in moist rooms and areas. SWISS KRONO OSB bright is also optionally available embossed with a diamond pattern for greater traction, which improves safety when it is used on roofs etc.
Here’s an overview of the possible uses for SWISS KRONO OSB bright:
- Wall, roof and ceiling boarding
- As loadbearing ceiling boards
- Detached, semi-detached and duplex timber houses
- Industrial timber construction
- Garden houses and privacy walls
- Roofs requiring stricter safety precautions
- Childcare centres and hospitals
- Floors, furniture and interior finishing
- Decorative interior finishing and shops
Under the supervision of Dr Matthias Iredi, the Managing Director of SWISS KRONO Te AG responsible for the construction project, during the last nine months as many as 1600 builders and installers have been working all out with scarcely a break to bring the former particleboard plant back to life in a new incarnation. Hendrik Hecht, Managing Director and the project’s initiator, is tickled pink by the production launch of SWISS KRONO OSB bright, calling it “a genuine and truly promising alternative that is granting our Hungarian site a new lease on life.”
The Hungarian plant is the world’s most advanced of its type, and is also the very first to be equipped with the latest generation of Siempelkamp machines. It is the fourth OSB plant that SWISS KRONO has contracted the manufacturer on the Lower Rhine to build. The company worked with Sicoplan, Siempelkamp’s Belgian subsidiary, to plan it. The Generation 8 ContiRoll® press excels with outstandingly precise pressure distribution, which optimises the use of resin and wood. It is installed together with a lightweight board package. Active lifting of the upper heating plate by extra differential cylinders results in special longitudinal and transverse pressure profiles, which permits the production of very lightweight boards. Prod-IQ®.maintenance and Prod-IQ®.quality control systems, together with special automation technology, ensure a high level of cost-effectiveness.
“We’re going to use our leading-edge ContiRoll® plant to produce SWISS KRONO OSB bright in an endless process. This will let us meet our customers’ high quality expectations while boosting the overall production volume of the SWISS KRONO GROUP from its current level of about 1.5 million cubic metres by a fifth,” stresses Managing Director Barnabás Seregi of SWISS KRONO Hungary.
Key Data on the New SWISS KRONO OSB Plant in Hungary
Product: OSB boards
Components: Sifting, gluing, shaping and pressing line with a Generation 8 nine feet x 28.8m Generation 8 ContiRoll® including a lightweight board package, complete finishing and pneumatic and mechanic conveyors, and Prod-IQ®.maintenance and Prod-IQ®.quality control systems
Press system: Generation 8 ContiRoll® from Siempelkamp
Nominal press length: 28.8m
Net thickness range: 6-40mm
Trimmed master board width: 2450-2820mm
Trimmed master board width: 4800-6300mm
Density range: 570-660kg/m³
Plant velocity: 1400 mm/s max.
Capacity: 10603OSB daily / 300,000m3 OSB yearly