Sustainable solutions to develop new “wooden” panels

In the complex system of waste management and environmental sustainability, relying on competent partners capable of offering flexible and competitive solutions that ensure a return in both economic and productive terms is an attitude that can make the difference, especially in the light of an ever changing market such as the one of environmental policies.

IMALPAL Group has been moving in this direction for the past 40 years, producing a wide range of highly reliable and fast implementation plants and machines, also standing out as a group being fully oriented towards the needs and requirements of its clients. It thus became one of the leaders in the processing and cleaning of recycled wood sector, until it turned from being a producer of single machines to a company capable of offering turn-key plants.

IMALPAL group, has over 500 employees and a turnover of approx. 250 million euros.

Our experience has led us to develop high-quality PB, MDF, OSB and LSB plants starting from non-noble raw material such as residues from woodworking, recycled wood, dead branches, bagasse, straw, bamboo, palms, etc… We have recently supplied China, through our clients Shengaoson and Zhongyuan, with recycled-wood cleaning systems for the production of particleboards.

As regards our clients Ningfeng and Fengjuan, still in China, we have supplied the entire preparation, including the mat forming system for the production of LSB (Light Strand Board), a panel with the high mechanical features of an OSB yet with the surface of a particleboard panel to enable its lamination and/or varnishing, hence combine high performance, lightness, top surface finish in a single panel. However, this solution was not a pioneering one for PAL as it had been already in operation since 2012 in the complete line supplied in IPAN in Italy.

The new large and increasing use of wood biomass for energy uses, is diverting resources to be employed in the production of panels, with the ensuing difficulty in procuring raw material and the considerable increase in the production cost for panel producers.

Panel producers that are not lucky enough to own plantations have to fight in the market and, quite often, they are forced to pay more for lower-quality wood unlike the past.

The largest request from the market is to use a percentage of recycled wood in the production of MDF panels, typically made from virgin timber; for our client Hansol, in South Korea, we installed an optical sorter that thanks to a double system of upper and lower video cameras, allows to scan the material from multiple angles, detecting the presence of melamine, PVC, etc., regardless of its location with respect to the transport plane.

The company has evolved adapting its offer to the market demand until it changed from being a producer of single machines to a company that can offer turn-key plants.