Engineering for better doors
Wood News|March - April 2020
Sauerlaender Spanplatten GmbH of Germany is the world’s largest producer of door components and a leader in supplying tubular and solid filler cores for the door manufacturing industry in more than 90 countries. Its owner, Mr Hubertus Flötotto, recently passed on the baton to his daughter, Ms Dorothee Flötotto. WoodNews spoke to the new Managing Director about carrying forward the 70-year-old family business.

First, a perspective on what Sauerlaender Spanplatten has been doing since its inception in 1951. It is a technology leader in the manufacture of environment-friendly chipboard and tubular boards used for door infill worldwide.

It has plants in Arnsberg and neighbouring Gotha that together manufacture 75 varieties of these boards, churning out 5,50,000 cubic metres per annum – the equivalent of shipping out 50 full containers of its products each day!

Its specialisation, however, lies in light-weight, fire- and acoustic-rated infill for the door manufacturing industry in 90 countries.

These boards are manufactured through extrusion process using wood waste collected from sawmills in the Sauerland region, which operate on FSC- and PEFC-certified wood plantations. In other words, the door infill boards are suited to ‘Green’ building standards across the globe.

What is more, the boards are E.05-compliant with very low formaldehyde emission, making it the only door infill in ASEAN markets offering low formaldehyde emission as a standard. Sauerlaender Spanplatten even tube diameter customises production to offer NAUF (no added urea-formaldehyde) boards for LEEDS Platinum grade.

The company offers tubular chipboard from 23mm to 80mm thickness, solid chipboard from 10mm to 42 mm thickness, stile material as wood substitute from 28mm to 34mm thickness, and routed tubular chipboards.

The company has developed and popularised the unique 100% wood chip-based cores for up to 60 minutes fire-rated doors as per BS 476 (Part 22:1989), IS 3614 (Part 2), as well as cores to offer 44 dB acoustic rating and combination of both as well.

Hubertus, you have spent more than 45 years at the helm of this company. How does it feel to hand over your responsibilities to the next generation?

These are good times for our business and the company is in good shape – an appropriate time to pass the baton to my daughter. We are strong in terms of volumes worldwide, and even our designs and door technology are at the cutting edge.

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