PG Bison, a proudly South African company, is investing in the continuing recapitalisation of its Piet Retief board plant through replacing two existing driers with one larger and technologically more advanced drier and energy plant. The total investment will be around R500 million.

Brand Engelbrecht, Manufacturing Executive at PG Bison, believes the new Büttner drier and energy plant will boost the efficiency of the plant and therefore its output, ultimately resulting in better and sustainable product availability for its customers.

“This is the continuation of our phased upgrade programme at Piet Retief,” he says. “We upgraded the facility in 2017 with a new forming line and latest technology Siempelkamp Contiroll press as a first phase. We will now complete phase two by replacing the driers and screening equipment that will ensure we meet the design capacity of the factory, which is 1000m3 per day.”

Furthermore, while the current driers are solely dust-fuelled, the new drier will also be able to run on biomass, thus providing additional efficiencies in PG Bison’s board manufacturing process, Engelbrecht says. “We have just signed the agreements with Büttner, the main equipment supplier, and plan to commission the new drier in 2021. The project will be managed by our experienced in-house project team.”

PG Bison, a proudly South African company, is investing in the continuing recapitalisation of its Piet Retief board plant through replacing two existing driers with one larger and technologically more advanced drier and energy plant. The total investment will be around R500 million.

Brand Engelbrecht, Manufacturing Executive at PG Bison, believes the new Büttner drier and energy plant will boost the efficiency of the plant and therefore its output, ultimately resulting in better and sustainable product availability for its customers.

“This is the continuation of our phased upgrade programme at Piet Retief,” he says. “We upgraded the facility in 2017 with a new forming line and latest technology Siempelkamp Contiroll press as a first phase. We will now complete phase two by replacing the driers and screening equipment that will ensure we meet the design capacity of the factory, which is 1000m3 per day.”

Furthermore, while the current driers are solely dust-fuelled, the new drier will also be able to run on biomass, thus providing additional efficiencies in PG Bison’s board manufacturing process, Engelbrecht says. “We have just signed the agreements with Büttner, the main equipment supplier, and plan to commission the new drier in 2021. The project will be managed by our experienced in-house project team.”