Arauco is investing in the construction of a particle board plant with a planned capacity of 452 million sq. ft. (800, 000 m3) per year in Grayling, Michigan, USA. According to the announcement, the company placed an order with Dieffenbacher for EVOjet P gluing system and continuous CPS+ press. The new production site in Grayling will manufacture particle boards with a thickness of 6–40 mm, intended almost exclusively for furniture production.
The new continuous CPS+ press, which, at 10 feet wide and 52.5 meters long, will be one of the largest particle board presses in the world.
The scope of the equipment supplier 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 bearing system.
The North American market represents more than 25% of Arauco’s total sales. The Michigan plant adds to recent acquisitions Arauco has made in the US, including Moncure and Biscoe, NC facilities, and seven former Flakeboard plants distributed throughout the United States and Canada.
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. (Arauco) is a global producer of wood products; supplying pulp, lumber, plywood, composite panels, and molding for architecture, design, construction, packaging and remodeling applications. In past decades, Arauco achieved sustained growth in terms of production of wood panels, mainly due to its expansion into Argentina and Brazil. The acquisition of manufacturing plants in the United States and Canada, and recently in Europe and South Africa, has established the company as the second largest producer worldwide, reaching a capacity of 10.3 million m3. In 2015, wood business sales were USD 2,633 million USD, equivalent to 51% of consolidated sales.