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In March 2020, PG Bison will be launching our Gallery 3 – the new range of products, textures and colours we’ve been working on. In line with international trends, Gallery 3 promises to be an exciting showcase of new ideas and inspiration. We’ll be kicking off our nationwide roadshow on 8 April 2020, and will be in the following areas on these dates:

Nelspruit, 8 April

Polokwane, 15 April

Johannesburg South, 21 and 22 April

Johannesburg East & Pretoria, 6 and 7 May

Cape Town, 21 May

Durban, 28 May

Port Elizabeth, 2 June

East London, 4 June

Bloemfontein, 11 June

For a reminder of the Gallery 2 roadshows, check out our highlights reel here.

PG Bison’s sixth melamine press debuts new technology

PG Bison, South Africa’s leading wood panel manufacturer, installed and commissioned a sixth melamine faced board (MFB) press, which came online on 21 August 2019.

“This is a first of its kind robotic line and was engineered by PG Bison’s own highly competent inhouse project team,” says CEO Gerhard Victor. “In the six months since the project was announced, our project team were able to unpack the MFB press from its storage in Boksburg, completely refurbish and update it with the latest technology and ship it to Piet Retief for installation and commissioning.”

Manufacturing Executive, Brand Engelbrecht, is thrilled with the project team’s performance. The team completed the project earlier than planned and within budget. He explains that the additional capacity will help bring even more flexibility to PG Bison’s product offering and ensure that service levels are maintained in the peak trading periods.

“The project was approved in February 2019, with a very tight deadline to have the short cycle line installed, and first board pressed in September 2019,” says Engelbrecht. “Our in-house project team completely refurbished the second-hand line we bought from Meisterwerke in Germany, and also upgraded the infeed and outfeed systems, utilising the latest robot and control system technology available. We installed our first three robot solutions for the group in this line and we foresee this trend continuing as we replace older components and upgrade other work centres in our plants with robot technology.”

While the original line had a capacity of 9 500 square meters day, Engelbrecht says the latest production record stands at 13 500 square meters. “The line has been built to be flexible. With this being our sixth short cycle press in the group, it will assist us in providing an even better service package to our customers, making us flexible and giving us the capacity to reduce lead times to a minimum, especially in peak demand seasons,” he says.

“Any project is only successful if you have good cooperation between the project team and the production team. Once again, the cooperation between the Project team and the Piet Retief team was fantastic and as always, both teams took full ownership and worked together to make this project a success. Our Robot in- and outfeed is the only one for a short cycle press in the world that we and our suppliers know of,” he says. “We are looking forward to continuing to serve our customer base with the latest product ranges, and with this press now commissioned, to improve further on our service levels to our customers.”

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