This first-ever shipment to Vietnam takes global sales of SACMI slab compaction solutions to 100. The machine is part of a complete order for one of the most technologically advanced plants in the entire Asian-Pacific area.
SACMI supplies the first Continua+ to Vietnam and in doing so reaches the milestone of 100 compactors sold worldwide since the launch of this extraordinary technology.
This news follows the official signing of the contract with Trung Do, a leading manufacturer based in Vinh, the main city and economic-cultural center of Nghe An province, 300 km south of Hanoi.
With an output of 580 million square meters/year (2019 data), Vietnam is the world’s fourth largest tile producer. Trung Do, a long-standing SACMI customer, has shown itself determined to intercept new market trends that lean towards the manufacture of large decorated slabs, a technology in which SACMI leads the world.
This particular solution – a Continua+ 2000 – has been designed for the manufacture of large sizes with or without through-body veining and incorporates the MDX density and thickness control system. The line also features latest-generation SACMI DHD wet digital decoration systems
In addition to the Continua+, the complete plant includes a 5-tier multilayer dryer, a 260-meter single-layer kiln and packaging/sorting lines. The result? Not just Vietnam’s first ever Continua+ but one of the most cutting-edge plants in the entire Asian-Pacific (ASEAN) area.
In addition to allowing production of the most popular slabs on the market, this configuration offers the advantage of making the overall production set-up more efficient. This has been achieved by installing a comprehensive array of controls on the Continua+ (e.g. MDX); control feedback then acts on the process, ensuring perfect raw material mixing and batching to meet quality expectations.
Trung Do is looking to improve its high-end ceramic slab range for export markets such as the United States, Japan, etc. The completed plant will manufacture a wide range of sizes, including the 1600×2400 mm slab and related sub-sizes.
Shipping in the next few months, the new plant will be installed and started up in the second half of 2021. A major step forwards for Vietnam, this order also highlights the soundness of Continua+ technology. Popular with the world’s leading manufacturers, it offers outstanding productivity and can be used to make a wide range of sizes, decorations and thicknesses, all in a coordinated, highly versatile way.
This 100th compactor milestone is far more than just symbolic: it confirms SACMI’s role as a crucial partner to the world’s major tile producers.