Profile: Kadant Inc (KAI)
17 May 2019
Kadant Inc., incorporated on November 12, 1991, is a supplier of equipment and components used in process industries. In addition, the Company manufactures granules made from papermaking by-products. Its segments include Papermaking Systems and Wood Processing Systems. The Company has a customer base, which includes paper and oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturers.
Papermaking Systems Segment
Papermaking Systems segment is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing equipment for the global papermaking and paper recycling industries. Its customer base includes global paper manufacturers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company manufactured its products in 10 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Its Papermaking Systems segment consists of product lines, including Stock-Preparation; Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration, and Fluid-Handling. It develops, manufactures, and markets complete custom-engineered systems and equipment, as well as standard individual components, for baling, pulping, de-inking, screening, cleaning, and refining primarily recycled fiber for preparation for entry into the paper machine, and recausticizing and evaporation equipment and systems used in the production of virgin pulp. Its stock-preparation products include Recycling and approach flow systems, Virgin pulping process equipment, and Balers and related equipment.
Recycling and approach flow systems include pulping, screening, cleaning, and de-inking systems that blend pulp mixtures and remove contaminants, such as ink, glue, metals, and other impurities, to prepare them for entry into the paper machine during the production of recycled paper. Virgin pulping process equipment includes pulp washing, evaporator, recausticizing, and condensate treatment systems used to remove lignin, concentrate and recycle process chemicals, and remove condensate gases. Balers and related equipment includes horizontal channel balers, vertical balers, conveyors, compactors, and bale wrapping machines used in the processing of recyclable and waste materials. The Company develops, manufactures, and markets a range of doctoring, cleaning, and filtration systems and related consumables that continuously clean rolls; doctor blades made of a range of materials to perform functions, including cleaning, creping, Web removal, flaking, and the application of coatings; profiling systems that control moisture, Web curl, and gloss during paper converting; and systems and equipment used to continuously clean paper machine fabrics and rolls, drain water from pulp mixtures, form the sheet or Web, and filter the process water for reuse. Its doctoring, cleaning, and filtration products include Doctor systems and holders, Profiling systems, Doctor blades, Shower and fabric-conditioning systems, Formation systems and Water-filtration systems.
The Company develops, manufactures and markets rotary joints, precision unions, steam and condensate systems, components, and controls used primarily in the dryer section of the papermaking process and during the production of corrugated packaging, metals, plastics, rubber, textiles, chemicals, and food. Its fluid-handling systems include Rotary joints, Syphons, Turbulator bars and Engineered steam and condensate systems.
Wood Processing Systems Segment
The Company, through Wood Processing Systems Segment, develops, manufactures and markets stranders and related equipment used in the production of OSB. It also supplies debarking and wood chipping equipment used in the forest products and the pulp and paper industries. Its wood-processing products and services include Stranders, Rotary Debarkers, Chippers and Repair. Its disc and ring stranders cut batch-fed logs into strands for OSB production and are used to manage strands in real time using its conveying and feeding equipment. Its rotary debarkers employ a combination of mechanical abrasion and log-to-log contact to remove bark from logs of all shapes and species. Its disc, drum, and veneer chippers are chipper systems for waste-wood and whole-log applications found in pulp woodrooms, chip plants, sawmill, and planer mill sites. Its Refurbishment and repair of pulping equipment is used in the pulp and paper industry. The Company produces and sells biodegradable, absorbent granules derived from papermaking by-products for use primarily as carriers for agricultural, home lawn and garden, and professional lawn, turf and ornamental applications, as well as for oil and grease absorption.
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