Published on : Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A strong family business that is known across the globe and innovative strength – that was how the Siempelkamp Group presented itself at this year’s LIGNA trade fair. The leading system supplier to the wood-based panel industry did not only convincingly present its general competence for manufacturing plants at the stand, it was also able to showcase its successful combination of tradition and future orientation.
Tradition and its down-to-earth approach are hallmarks of this family business that is able to draw on more than 135 years of history, on the one hand, and the innovative strength of an internationally operating group, on the other: Siempelkamp showed at the LIGNA 2019 that a coherent combination of both is possible. Siempelkamp’s long-standing expertise in the wood-based panel industry is evidence of the company’s competence in delivering customer-specific solutions from its seamless service chain. The company’s ability to act as an innovation driver in the industry was further illustrated by the exhibits and concepts that focused on the topic of ‘Digitalisation and self-optimising wood-processing plants’. One of the highlights here was the new system for the virtual planning of projects that uses 3D visualisations by Sicoplan, Siempelkamp’s subsidiary in Belgium.
The utilisation of annual plants and innovative glue systems attracted particular interest. Siempelkamp has tested different glue systems and exhibited the corresponding boards at the LIGNA trade as an alternative to pMDI. The topics of resource efficiency in general and finishing lines with a focus on ultra-thin board production were also tackled at the trade-fair stand to great response from visitors. The stand also concentrated on Siempelkamp’s most innovative press concept – the ContiRoll® Generation 9 / Generation 9 NEO. The ContiRoll® Generation 9 NEO No. 1, which is starting test operation at the Krefeld research and development centre, is currently heading towards an important milestone.
Christoph Michel attended the LIGNA for the first time as the CEO of the Siempelkamp Group. Along with Dr. rer. nat. h.c. Dieter Siempelkamp, Honorary Chairman of the Group’s Advisory Board and Owner Representative, he welcomed the many international customers who came to see the stand at the LIGNA: “On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank you all for the great response from so many customers and interested parties! The fulfilment of our customers’ needs is our main concern and this is what we design our machines and plants to do. We’re able to provide the appropriate expertise to deliver solutions – be they to facilitate resource efficiency, sustainability, automation or digitalisation,” said Christoph Michel. This dedication was rewarded not only with many discussions at the LIGNA 2019 but also with concrete projects.