Pinette Emidecau completes turnkey composites plant in Vietnam

The facility, built for Canadian firm Camso, includes nearly 100 machines and will be used to fabricate rubber and polymer composite solid wheels and tracks for recreational and industrial vehicles.

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Pinette Emidecau Industries’ (PEI, Chalon Sur Saone, France) director general Jérôme Hubert announced on the first day of JEC World 2016 that the company has successfully completed a complete turnkey plant in Vietnam, near Ho Chi Minh City, for a Canadian customer, Camso (Magog, Quebec, Canada). Camso produces rubber and polymer composite solid wheels and tracks for recreational vehicles and larger industrial vehicles. Under a tight deadline, Pinette was charged with designing and equipping the entire fully-automated Camso production facility with nearly 100 machines in total, for all processing steps, says Hubert.

The €15 million ($16.7 million USD) project was designed, constructed and commissioned in 24 months, and involved more than 400 people. It included the rough delivery of 350-ton and 600-ton hot forming presses with temperature control, automated tool loading and unloading, as well as automated loading and unloading manipulators and metal grinding machines. PEI also delivered full automation and control systems. In the role of general contractor, Pinette PEI was responsible for the overall project management including engineering and design, supply chain management, construction and commissioning.

Hubert explains that the project represented a challenge due to the large scope of knowledge required, the distance involved and its multi-cultural facet. Despite these risks, “Our single-source approach, methods and processes enabled us to deliver the complete turnkey plant on time while meeting the highest standards in safety and quality.” 

Pinette will offer on-site support and training of local engineers to Camso as production ramps up. The plant’s grand opening occurred on March 7 in Vietnam, which Hubert attended, the day before the opening of the JEC World event. According to Hubert, more turnkey plants are in the pipeline.