Tissue Industry News

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PRODUCERS AND CONVERTERS

Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, has announced that it will build a new tissue converting plant in Scappoose, Ore., USA. The $64 million investment includes new state-of-the-art converting lines that are scheduled for commissioning at the end of the first quarter of 2017. The new, modern, and automated converting plant will create 200 jobs during the construction phase and will employ 80 people once the work is finished. It will manufacture virgin and recycled bathroom tissue products and paper hand towels for the away-from-home market. 

Celupaper S.A., Argentina, has started up its new PM 3, the first of two tissue machines that the South American producer has commissioned to Toscotec (Italy) in the past two years. This startup follows the rebuilding of PM 2 that Toscotec also carried out in February 2015. The new line is installed at Papelera Nicaragua mill, Argentina.

Cheng Loong, Chupei, Taiwan, reports that its TM 16 tissue machine provided by Voith has successfully passed its guarantee test. Its operating speed is up to 2,001 m/min, which is the fastest speed with a steam hood in the world, leading the industry in several performance indexes. In the guarantee test, TM 16 kept running at 2,001 m/min for eight hours and reached all guarantee indexes. At this record-breaking high speed, steam consumption of the TM 16 is still very low, at only 1.65 metric tons of steam per metric ton of paper. 

Duni, Sweden, has signed an agreement to acquire in total 60 percent of the shares in Terinex Siam Co. Ltd., a converter and exporter of disposable products, predominantly paper napkins. Based in Thailand, Terinex Siam specializes within the professional segment in Southeast Asia. The acquisition is planned to be completed by mid-August. With approximately 100 employees, Terinex Siam is located in close proximity to Bangkok. Key target markets in Southeast Asia include Thailand, Singapore, and Australia.

Kimberly-Clark GmbH, Germany, has ordered an Andritz rebuild of its wet lap plant in Germany. Andritz will supply components for rebuild of the wet lap plant at its Coblenz mill in Germany. K-C produces pulp from wastepaper in Coblenz, which is then used to make various sanitary papers. The aim of the rebuild, which is to be completed in December 2016, is to increase the plant capacity and enhance operating reliability.

Kuban Papir, Russia, has signed a contract with PMP (Poland) for a wet end rebuild of its No. 1 tissue machine. TM 1 will be supplied with state-of-the-art new technological items provided by PMP. The project driving force is a modern technology that ensures energy savings solutions following global trends. Additionally, excellent tissue quality is expected. TM 1, with a reel trim of 2,750 mm, produces tissue with a basis weight range at the reel from 15 to 30 gsm and a maximum operating speed of 1,000 m/min. Generally, project goals are focused on TM speed-up to 1,500 m/min, capacity increase, and tissue quality improvement.

Kruger Products L.P., Montreal, Que., Canada, a producer of quality tissue products for household, industrial, and commercial use, is investing $55 million to add a paper machine at its Crabtree Plant in the Lanaudière region. The project will increase the plant’s overall production by approximately 20,000 metric tons annually and will help to consolidate approximately 600 jobs. PM 8, which will produce tissue products primarily for the away-from-home market, will be installed in a new building that will soon be under construction. PM 8 is expected to be commissioned by the end of summer 2017. To make this investment, the company received a $39.5-million loan from Investissement Québec, which is acting as an agent of the Government of Québec in this project.

Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing, China, has signed a contract with Voith to supply two tissue machines to its mill in Dongguan, China. Startup of the new TM 11 and TM 12 is expected to take place, respectively, in September and July 2017. Lee & Man ordered its TM 3, TM 9, and TM 10 machines from Voith, and the startup of TM 9 and TM 10 will take place, respectively, in March and May of 2017. From March through to September 2017, four tissue machines from Voith will start up in a row at Lee & Man’s Dongguan mill, at the pace of one machine every two months. 

SCA, Sweden, has closed its tissue production plant in Sant Joan de Mediona, Spain. The decision was aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize its geographic production footprint to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in tissue. SCA says that it remains fully committed to the Spanish market, which is the group’s sixth largest market based on sales in 2015. The production plant had an annual capacity of 45,000 metric tons.

Shaoguan Nanxiong Zhuji Paper, China, has started trial runs on a new Andritz 25,000 metric tpy tissue machine at its mill in Nanxiong city, Guangdong province. Andritz also supplied the complete stock preparation system, automation, and drives. The new tissue machine has a trim width of 2.85 meters and a design speed of 1,600 m/min. It was initially scheduled to start up at the end of 2015. 

Sofidel, Lucca, Italy, reports that the company has started construction for its new integrated tissue mill in Circleville, Ohio, USA. The mill entered its first building phase with a ceremony in mid-July that drew dozens of elected officials. They included, among others, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Congressman Steve Stivers, State Senator Bob Peterson, and State Representative Gary Scherer. The Circleville plant is expected to become operational by 2018.

St. Croix Tissue, Baileyville, Me., USA, reports that ABB, Westerville, Ohio, USA, recently commissioned the electrical and automation systems and equipment for its two new tissue production machines. The first machine started production earlier this year. ABB’s delivery for both machines at the new mill includes quality control systems, tissue machine drive systems, 800xA control systems, collaborative production management, as well as motors, drives, and electrification equipment and infrastructure, and a resident service contract.

Stora Enso AB, Finland, reports that it will divert 160,000 metric tpy of pulp capacity from NBSK (northern bleached softwood kraft) pulp to fluff pulp production. The EUR 27 million investment at the Skutskär pulp mill in Sweden targets growing demand from the hygiene, non-wovens, and personal care products markets. “Both hygiene and non-woven products are a fast-growing market. This investment will enable us to support the growth of our customers and further develop this business together with them,” said Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division.

Tranlin Inc., Richmond, Va., USA, has launched a plant-derived fertilizer line ahead of its 2020 Tissue Startup in Virginia. The VASTLY Better Roots soil amendment and bio-stimulant products are an effective and cost efficient way for farmers to improve long-term soil health, enhance nutrient uptake, increase plant vigor, and boost yield. The water-soluble fertilizer is available now in granular and liquid forms in Virginia, followed soon by California, Texas, and Florida, and eventually nationally. Tranlin is the U.S. subsidiary of China-based Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. that broke ground last October on its first U.S. operation, a $2 billion facility in Virginia.  

Vinda Group, Hong Kong, has entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement with China National Pulp and Paper Research Institute. The agreement was jointly signed by: Anna WANG, chief operating officer-mainland China of Vinda; SUN Bo, secretary of the Institute, director of China National Household Paper Industry Association; Dr. CAO Zhen Lei, chairman of Vinda International; and LI Chao Wang, vice chair of Jiangmen Federation of Industry and Commerce. Both parties believe that the collaboration provides a valuable opportunity to leverage their respective resources and bring mutual benefits and complementary advantages to each party.

Vrancart, Vrancea, Romania, has signed an agreement to take over a majority stake in tissue producer Rom Paper (Romania) for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is subject to shareholder and antitrust approvals. The sales agreement will be performed for a period of two years and its amount will be influenced by the financial results achieved by Rom Paper. However, the value of the transaction cannot exceed the threshold of 10 percent of the net turnover of Vrancart.

SUPPLIERS

DeZURIK/APCO/Hilton, Sartell, Minn., USA, has released its new valve guide for the pulp and paper industry (including tissue). The guide, designed to help users navigate the valve selection process, provides usage guidance based on valve type, general specifications, and common industry applications. DeZURIK has a wide variety of valve styles to meet the application requirements of the pulp and paper industry, including the newest innovations in control, gate, plug, butterfly, automatic air, and check valves. DeZURIK manufactures valves for basis weight control, paper stock, liquor, steam, dilution water control, and other applications.

Evoqua, Warrendale, Pa., USA, was selected by energy developer DCO Energy LLC to provide equipment and services for a new $200 million, 50 MW biomass/wood waste-to-energy cogeneration project for Procter & Gamble Co. in Albany, Ga., USA. The new plant, to be built by DCO Energy, will provide 100 percent of the steam energy used by P&G’s Albany manufacturing facility. The steam will be used mainly for drying tissue paper. Scheduled for completion in mid-2017, the plant will be known as Albany Green Energy. It will be owned and operated by Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp.

Solenis, Wilmington, Del., USA, a global producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced a new Equipment Service Team, a group of professionals specially trained to service Solenis-owned chemical feed equipment at customer locations. The program was launched in North America in early 2016 and will begin rolling out in Europe, Middle East, and Africa in mid-summer 2016. Full global implementation is expected by the end of the year. When the program is fully implemented, customers will have rapid access to skilled equipment technicians.

Valmet, Finland, has inaugurated its logistics center in the city of Araucária, in Paraná state in Brazil. The center is Valmet’s fifth logistics center globally and serves the tissue, pulp, paper, fiberboard, and other industries across South America with spare parts and components produced by Valmet and its local suppliers. The inauguration ceremony was attended by local authorities, customers, and Valmet’s management. “This is an important milestone for Valmet in South America and offers a concrete contribution to moving our customers’ performance forward,” said Celso Tacla, area president for South America at Valmet, in his inauguration speech.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Amerplast, St. Petersburg, Russia, recently announced plans to market a new innovative product in an important tissue segment. Amerplast is to offer its customers a new innovative product, tissue bags, in the important hygiene tissue segment, following the May 2016 signing of a cooperation agreement with Gaviplas SL (Valencia, Spain). The new product is designed to form a fast response to market trends that show a rapidly growing demand for more convenient tissue packaging. Amerplast will partner with Gaviplas SL for the manufacture of tissue bags like Flatpack, Scanpack, and Twister.

Domtar, Montreal, Que., Canada, is expanding in personal care with the purchase of Butterfly Health (Los Gatos, Calif., USA). BUTTERFLY® body liners offer discreet, secure protection for accidental bowel leakage. Domtar Personal Care designs, manufactures, and sells a wide range of incontinence solutions for adults, children, and infants. Brands include ATTENDS®, ATTENDS DISCREET®, and COMFEES®. The BUTTERFLY absorbent core is based on Domtar’s air-laid materials produced at its Jesup, Ga., facility.

Kadant Solutions, Auburn, Mass., USA, has expanded manufacturing capacity for its new CeraEdge™ creping blade line used in tissue manufacturing. The additional production equipment, located in Auburn, allows for a quick turnaround time of ceramic-tipped blades compared with bringing the product in from Kadant’s European-based blade production facility, and also provides increased flexibility for producing doctor blades with special characteristics for unique applications.

Metsä Tissue, Finland, reports that its baking and cooking paper products do not contain any fluoro compounds, and fluoro chemicals are not used in the company’s paper production whatsoever. SAGA is Metsä Tissue’s premium brand for baking and cooking papers, noted by the company for its sustainability and safety, as well as purity from any of the chemicals of possible concern. The use of fluoro chemicals in food contact papers had raised some attention/concern by the general public.

Xerium Technologies, Youngstown, N.C., USA, has launched two new roll cover product families: EnerSoft TS—a new generation polyurethane roll cover technology specifically engineered for demanding tissue pressure rolls positions; and ProGloss—a new advanced technology composite roll cover for calender applications. EnerSoft TS combines advanced polyurethane materials technology, innovative venting patterns, and proprietary roll manufacturing techniques to deliver maximum machine performance and reduced energy consumption, with consistent performance over the life of the cover. EnerSoft TS is available in several hardnesses for virtually any pressure roll application.

PEOPLE

Cascades, Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, has appointed Michelle A. Cormier, Martin Couture, and Patrick Lemaire to its board of directors. Cormier is a senior-level executive with experience in financial management, strategic consulting as well as corporate financing, turnaround, and governance. Couture is CEO of Sanimax, where he has worked since 1990. Lemaire has served as president and CEO of Boralex Inc. since September 2006.

Kimberly-Clark, Irving, Tex., USA, has named Scott Usitalo chief marketing officer, reporting to Tony Palmer, president of global brands and innovation. Usitalo joined K-C in 2008 and has held several global and regional leadership roles across the company. Most recently, he served as president for Kimberly-Clark’s family care business in North America. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Usitalo spent more than 24 years at Procter & Gamble in various product supply, brand management, and global marketing leadership roles

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), Green Bay, Wis., USA, announced that Bill Easley has accepted the position of regional sales manager for the company. In his new role, Easley is focused on the PCMC ELS-Max Inline product and will be responsible for establishing relationships and meeting customer needs in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada, and Southeast states.

TAPPI has awarded its inaugural Tissue Lifetime Achievement Award and Nalco Water Honorarium to the late Sam Archer, formerly of Kimberly-Clark and Nalco. The award recognizes an individual whose achievements in management, technology, or marketing have resulted in preeminent benefit to the world’s tissue industry. Sam’s commitment to learning about tissue making and his enthusiasm for sharing that knowledge were largely responsible for the growth of TAPPI’s Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee.  

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