ANDRITZ Supplies Fiber Preparation Line for KEAS’ MDF Production at Balikesir Mill

Part of the ANDRITZ scope is a high-capacity S2070 refiner © ANDRITZ

(IN BRIEF) KEAS, the largest wood panel producer in Türkiye, has successfully started operations of its new fiber preparation line for Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) production at its Balikesir mill. Supplied by ANDRITZ, the line has a capacity of 60 tons per hour and features a pressurized refining system for efficient energy consumption. KEAS specializes in wood-based panel production for various industries and is part of Hayat Holding.

(PRESS RELEASE) GRAZ, 26-May-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — ANDRITZ (VIE: ANDR), an international technology group based in Austria, announces that Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (KEAS), the largest wood panel producer in Türkiye, has successfully commenced operations of its new fiber preparation line for Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) production at its Balikesir mill. The new line, supplied by ANDRITZ, marks another milestone in KEAS’ expansion efforts.

Hasan Akpinar, Global Investment and Projects Director of KEAS, says: “We have relied on ANDRITZ MDF technology and service for many years and are very satisfied with the results. Our new line from ANDRITZ is equipped with a pressurized refining system for low electricity and thermal energy consumption. This perfectly contributes to our sustainability strategy.

With a capacity of 60 tons per hour, the new fiber preparation line processes pine, beech, and oak wood. Its core component is the pressurized refining system, featuring a 24″ plug screw feeder and a high-capacity S2070M refiner. The plug screw feeder’s exceptional dewatering efficiency prior to the high-pressure zone ensures low consumption of thermal and electrical energy, a key advantage of the ANDRITZ pressurized refining system.

In addition to the pressurized refining system, ANDRITZ supplied a gravity-fed HQ-Chipper, a chip bin discharger, and a digester as part of their scope. The company also provided mechanical installation supervision and supported the start-up process.

KEAS, a subsidiary of Hayat Holding established in 1969, specializes in the production of wood-based panels for the furniture, interior decoration, and construction industries. With over six locations in Türkiye and multiple manufacturing plants worldwide, KEAS has been a prominent player in the industry for decades.

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s business strategy and corporate culture. With its extensive portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, ANDRITZ aims to make the greatest possible contribution to a sustainable future and help its customers achieve their sustainability goals. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in all four of its business areas – Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydro and Separation. Technological leadership and global presence are cornerstones of the group’s strategy, which is focused on long-term profitable growth. The publicly listed group has around 29,700 employees and over 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides sustainable technology, automation, and service solutions for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on increased production efficiency, lower overall operating costs as well as innovative decarbonization strategies and autonomous plant operation.

The product portfolio also includes boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, various nonwoven technologies, and panelboard (MDF) production systems. With waste-to-value recycling, shredding and energy solutions, waste and by-product streams from production are converted into valuable secondary raw materials as well as into sustainable resources for energy generation. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

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