ARAUCO CONDUCTS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR NEW PARTICLEBOARD PLANT IN MICHIGAN
ARAUCO conducted groundbreaking ceremonies at the Grayling, Michigan site on April 12th, 2017, attended by Arauco leadership and many state and local officials. The groundbreaking marked the official start of the construction phase for what will become the most modern particleboard plant in North America and the largest of its kind globally. Slated for completion in late 2018, the plant will feature North America’s largest single continuous particleboard press (170 ft.) and will be one of the most productive in the world.
Market Growth, Economic Stimulus
The plant location will improve the logistics of the entire chain of production, and support anticipated customer growth in the Midwest. In addition, Arauco anticipates the Grayling operations will create 700 construction jobs, 200 direct jobs at the plant; and one to two support jobs locally for every direct job.
ARAUCO AND DIEFFENBACHER SIGN SUPPLY CONTRACTS FOR NEW MICHIGAN PANEL OPERATION
From left to right, standing: Patricio Henriquez (director of engineering and construction division, Arauco); Christian Dieffenbacher (member of the board of management, Dieffenbacher); Javier González Rosas (purchasing manager, Arauco); Bernd Bielfeldt (head of business unit wood, Dieffenbacher). Seated: Ricardo Busch (vice president of business development, Arauco).From left to right, standing: Patricio Henriquez (director of engineering and construction division, Arauco); Christian Dieffenbacher (member of the board of management, Dieffenbacher); Javier González Rosas (purchasing manager, Arauco); Bernd Bielfeldt (head of business unit wood, Dieffenbacher). Seated: Ricardo Busch (vice president of business development, Arauco).
Arauco is investing in the construction of a new particleboard plant with a planned capacity of 800,000 square meters per year in Grayling, Michigan. For the first time, the company is purchasing a complete plant from Dieffenbacher. The two companies decided to work together in January 2016, followed by a phase of detailed engineering and concluding with the signing of supply contracts at the end of 2016.
The highlights of the scope of supply are Dieffenbacher’s EVOjet P gluing system, which reportedly uses up to 15 percent less glue; and the continuous CPS+ press, which, at 10 feet wide and 52.5 meters long, will be one of the largest particleboard presses in the world.
"Arauco always exercises prudence when it comes to committing to new development. Therefore, we are all the more pleased with the confidence that Arauco has shown in us with its decision to choose the CPS+," says Bernd Bielfeldt, head of the Wood Business Unit at Dieffenbacher.
The two driers, together with the associated energy system that Chile-based Arauco also commissioned from Dieffenbacher, are large parts of the new operation. Grayling is located in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The contract also includes 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, which Arauco has already had experience with at its other sites.
The new production site in Grayling will manufacture particleboard panels with a thickness of 6–40 mm, intended almost exclusively for furniture production. Arauco owns large tracts of forestry land in South America and operates numerous sawmills, plywood mills, pulp mills and power plants, and has systematically expanded its commitment in the area of 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 now become the second-largest producer of wood-based panels in the world.
Hundreds of jobs, regional economic stimulus, decorative panel products for people’s homes
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the ARAUCO Grayling, Michigan Particleboard Plant project. Once complete, this state-of-the-art manufacturing operation will produce world-class decorative wood panel products used in home interiors and furniture across North America. At a total estimated project cost of US $400 million, the ARAUCO plant is expected to provide significant stimulus to the local and regional economy and place Grayling on the map as a hub of premium panel products. Hundreds of families, dozens of communities, local schools and existing commercial