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PRODUCERS AND CONVERTERS

Cascades Inc., has officially inaugurated its US$64 million tissue converting facility in Scappoose, OR. The state-of-the-art, 284,000-square-foot plant will produce towel and tissue products under the Cascades PRO™ AFH brand. With three best-in-class converting lines, high-speed rewinders and folders, and one of the fastest bath lines in the world, the new plant will use tissue produced at Cascades’ St. Helens, OR, mill, which is only eight miles away. Production capacity will be about six million cases per year of virgin and recycled bathroom tissue products and paper hand towels. The facility will have about 80 full-time employees. Land adjacent to the new facility has already been purchased for Phase II of the project; plans for the expansion include an additional three lines and an automated warehouse.

International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Vajda Papír to supply a complete tissue production line for its mill in Dunaföldvár, Hungary. Startup is scheduled for March 2018. The order comprises a PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue machine with steel yankee and shoe press as well as a complete stock preparation system, including pumps, automation, electrification, all auxiliaries, and services. The stock preparation system includes an FSV pulper, which is equipped with the latest design of energy-saving rotor, three proven Adritz double-disc TwinFlo refiners, a ModuScreen CP protection screen with rotating cylinder, and a low-energy ModuScreen HBE headbox screen. Vajda Papír is one of Europe’s most dynamically expanding tissue producers. The Hungarian Ministry of National Economy selected Vajda’s investment plan for an integrated hygiene paper manufacturing site as a preferred project from a national economical perspective. The new facility will be Hungary’s biggest and most modern integrated hygiene paper production site. With this investment, Vajda’s domestic capacity will reach 100,000 tpy and will help to further support the successful development of the Ooops! brand as well as the numerous internationally supplied private label products.

Vinda Paper Zhejiang fired up two Toscotec-supplied tissue machines, TM 3 and 4, at its Longyou mill in Zhejiang province. The mill successfully achieved startup according to schedule and thus increased its production capacity by 60,000 tpy. The new AHEAD-2.0M tissue lines are designed for the production of premium quality tissue products, including toilet paper and facial tissue. Vinda Zhejiang’s new mill currently has four Toscotec’s tissue machines, two AHEAD-1.5M fired up in 2014 and the new AHEAD-2.0M. In view of the superior performance of the first two, the Vinda Group chose to invest in Toscotec’s top-of-the-line tissue machines. The AHEAD-2.0M advanced technology delivers top quality products, in line with Vinda’s highest quality standards, and guarantees the lowest possible energy consumption, thanks to a comprehensive energy saving concept, the TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving).

Baoding Yusen Hygiene Products kicked off trial runs on two new 15,000-mtpy tissue PMs at its sole mill in Baoding city in China’s Hebei province earlier this year. Dubbed PMs 4 and 5, the units were both supplied by Chinese firm Weifang Hicredit Machinery. Each machine has a trim width of 2.85 m and a design speed of 1,100 m/min. Two identical production lines are also being installed at the site, with their startups expected very soon. Based in Mancheng county, the company, like many other small tissue producers there, is expanding its capacity at a rapid pace to meet increasingly strict production standards and to improve its competitiveness. Last year, it commissioned two 13,000-tpy tissue PMs.

Two small mills in Baoding city, Hebei province, China, each fired up a 15,000-tpy tissue machine in late June. The first sheet of paper rolled off a Weifang Hicredit-supplied TM at Baoding Lifa Paper on June 23. The unit has a trim width of 3.5 m and a design speed of 900 m/min, and is fed with wood pulp. Around the same time, Baoding Zhongxin Paper, a producer in the same city, kicked off trial runs on an identical TM. It had already commissioned an identical tissue production line in the final quarter of last year.

Poppies Europe Ltd, a UK leader and OMET partner since 2014, will install a new TV 840.6 double lane machine. It is the 12th OMET converting line in three years for the British company and the first TV 840 in the UK. Sergio Villa, OMET area manager for the British area explains: “The new machine is going to produce single-ply napkins with overall embossing pattern. It is a great machine for high production, expressly chosen to cope with the growing market demand. It provides double productive capacity compared to the 11 TV 503 already part of Poppies’ machine range.”

Ontex Group has officially opened its new production plant in Ethiopia. This opening fits Ontex’s ongoing transformation into a leading consumer goods company, and the ambition to expand the personal hygiene business around the world. In Ethiopia, under its Canbebe brand, Ontex can now produce baby diapers that are specifically meeting the needs of African families. At a reception in the presence of national and local officials, Ontex opened a new production facility in Hawassa, Ethiopia. The new site is another step in Ontex’s expansion strategy, and it increases the availability of its products in developing markets. The new 11,000-m2 factory site is equipped with state-of-the art technology. With this new plant in Ethiopia, Ontex is the first international personal hygiene company to open a plant in Ethiopia, the second largest market of Africa, with a view to serve the East African region. The new Hawassa plant will supply the well-known Canbebe diaper brand to the local market. Employing 11,000 people worldwide, Ontex has a presence in 27 countries, with its headquarters in Aalst, Belgium.

The Spanish tissue specialist CEL Technologies & Systems (CEL) is in serious financial difficulty. The group’s management has submitted a redundancy scheme, a so-called expediente de regulación de empleo (ERE), which provides for the closure of three production sites and the elimination of more than 230 jobs. According to the trade union Euskal Langileen Alkartasuna (ELA), CEL management is seeking the closure of the group companies Ecofibras Aranguren, Celulosas Aranguren, and CEL Technologies & Systems Issue. Only the group company Dermo Products Development is supposed to keep operating. The origins of CEL date back to the creation of the company Sancel within the La Papelera Española group in 1975. In 1984, Sancel was acquired by Scott Paper, which later merged with Kimberly-Clark (K-C). In late 2012, the Spanish firm Indarkia and the Basque government’s venture capital fund Ezten took over K-C’s Aranguren and Arceniega tissue mills in northern Spain and the CEL group was established. The new owners committed to spending some Euro 20 million ($23.6 million) on the Aranguren and Arceniega sites over the next three years and signed an agreement that guaranteed the continuation of the sites’ production in order to supply K-C with the products for a period of five years. Earlier this year, CEL reportedly stopped paying its energy supplier Acciona Energy. In late May, CEL management informed the works committee that it was planning to apply for pre-insolvency proceedings due to its debts with Acciona Energy and said that it needed to cut salaries and wages by an average of 20 percent. At the same time, the worker representatives also learned that CEL’s majority shareholders had parted with their stakes in the company, leaving 100 percent of the share capital in the hands of Zurbost Gestion. In early June, the energy supply was cut at almost all CEL sites, and on July 3, insolvency procedures were opened. Since then, two investors interested in taking over CEL reportedly have approached all parties involved in the proceedings. Still, the definitive closure of the three production sites and the loss of 230 out of 254 jobs at CEL seems to be imminent.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Canadian papermaker Catalyst Paper wants Maine taxpayers to back a loan of up to $25 million to help it purchase a machine to make tissue paper at its mill in Rumford. The company has applied to the Finance Authority of Maine for a $25-million loan under the agency’s Major Business Expansion program, according to minutes from the authority’s April meeting. If approved, it would be only the second project to get financing through the program. The other project was also for a tissue paper machine, with $7.5 million approved for the $120 million installation of a tissue machine at St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville. Catalyst calls the total $56-million investment Project Falcon. The company said the project would allow it to take advantage of a growing market for the tissue paper, and even has a “major paper merchant” lined up to buy all that the new machine can produce. Catalyst told state investors the tissue paper enterprise will be able to support 62 full-time jobs worth $79 million in annual payroll and benefits.

A.Celli Paper has recently concluded an order for a latest-generation rewinder model E-WIND with the Italian group Sofidel for its facility in Buñuel, Navarra, Spain. The tissue rewinder model E-WIND T200, highly evolved from the point of view of design and equipped with sophisticated technological innovations, has a 5,600-mm format and a working speed of 1600 m/min. The machine, whose delivery is scheduled for July 2018, will guarantee the Sofidel Group the opportunity to work and handle structured webs.

Norske Skog has decided to postpone the conversion of its Bruck newsprint mill in Austria to tissue production until the end of 2018 amid the firm’s continuing debt restructuring process. Norske Skog is currently attempting to carry out an important recapitalization process. Norske Skog announced its intention to enter the tissue market in July 2015 following a comprehensive strategy review. The Bruck mill’s PM 3 produces 125,000 mtpy of newsprint.

Farmers Bank has retained Can-Am Machinery as sales agent for the recently idled Deerfield Tissue mill in Augusta, GA. The assets include a 98-in. trim machine which made 20-22-lb 3,000 ft2 towel grade at 25 tpd and 30-40-lb kraft packing grade at 40 tpd. The machine was upgraded in the late-2000s and features a 102-in. pond HoganKamp dilution control headbox, 48-in. diameter Black Clawson dryer cans with upgraded anti-friction roller bearings, oil lubrication, and felt stretches.  Other upgrades include the integrated DCS and Mahlo basis weight and moisture scanner.  The system is complete with a DLK stock preparation line, capital stores, lab equipment, machine shop tools, and associated process and support equipment. For a complete web tour with detailed scope, photos and descriptions, visit: www.canaminc.com/deerfield or email paper@canaminc.com.

Scotties Facial Tissues By Royale, Horsham, PA, has announced that it will partner with the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) to surprise students at up to three deserving schools with backpacks full of school supplies. The donation of $25,000 will purchase backpacks filled with pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks and, of course, Scotties Facial Tissues. The Kids In Need Foundation provides school supplies to kids who need them most, nationwide. In 2016 alone, KINF supported more than 5.4 million students with supplies.

LC Paper has inaugurated a new biomass boiler at its tissue mill in Besalú, northeastern Spain, which enables the company to sell tissue products with neutral CO2 emissions. The opening of the facility took place on July 21. According to LC Paper, energy consumption in traditional tissue paper processes amounts to some 3,000 kWh per tonne of paper produced. Thanks to the reengineering of its manufacturing process, LC Paper has reduced its energy consumption to 1,100 kWh/tonne. The company added that these 1,100 kWh/tonnes come from energy sources with a CO2 neutral footprint. The biomass boiler was installed by the Catalan firm Imartec and can process up to 4,000 kg/hr of wood pellets from local forests. The investment was reportedly financed by the company Inypsa, which manages the operation of the new boiler.

Tissue sales at Jamaica’s AMG Packaging & Paper Company Limited are 27 times greater than a year ago, due to adjustments in its distribution arrangements, but are still underperforming management expectations. Consequently, AMG, which makes cardboard boxes and paper consumables, will conduct a review of the tissue operations in a bid to improve its returns. The improvement it is now seeing is related to an increase in the stock placed by distribution partner Wisynco Group in retail channels, as well as the addition of a second unnamed distributor to focus on the wholesale market. AMG has not identified its new distribution partner.

Kelheim Fibres was pleased to claim the Recognition Award in the Responsible-Care-Competition 2017 of the Bavarian branch of VCI (Association of the Chemical Industry e.V.) for its integrated product policy. The topic of the competition was “The Closed Circle Economy” relating to the areas of environmental protection, product responsibility and dialogue in respect of Responsible Care. Kelheim Fibres, a world-leading manufacturer of viscose specialty fibers, scored high points with its short cut fibers VILOFT, specifically developed for the production of increasingly popular moist toilet tissue. Worldwide, the demand in this segment is increasing significantly. In contrast to traditional (spunlace) wipes, wet wipes made of Kelheim’s VILOFT  short cut fibers disintegrate rapidly and prevent the blockage of pumps in the waste water system.

Nanning Xianglan Paper, also known as Shangfeng Paper, has ordered two new 15,000-mtpy tissue machines for its sole mill in Nanning city, Guangxi autonomous region, in southwest China. Each will have a trim width of 2.85 m and a design speed of 1,300 m/min. Their startups are both scheduled for July 2018. Currently, the mill runs several smaller tissue PMs with a combined capacity of around 14,000 mtpy.

The town of Erving, MA, selectboard gave tentative approval to a new agreement with Erving Paper Mill to accept sludge from the Millers Falls wastewater treatment plant, pending a formal contract accepted by both parties. Representatives from the paper mill attended Wednesday night’s selectboard meeting and offered a proposal based on previous conversations with the town.

Germany’s Hartmann group, an international supplier of medical and hygiene products, has become one of the leading suppliers of adult incontinence (inco) products on the Iberian Peninsula. The company, based in Heidenheim, completed the takeover of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) Lindor, one of the most well-known adult inco brands in Spain and Portugal, in July. “Hartmann now owns all P&G assets associated with the Lindor product portfolio (Lindor, Salvacamas, Lindor Care, Lindor Pants), including intellectual property, contracts with employees and a 25,000-m² manufacturing facility in Montornés, Spain,” the company said in a statement. The price tag of the deal was not disclosed.

The Navigator Company has continued its expansion in the tissue sector and signed a contract with Voith for the supply of a new XcelLine tissue machine. The production line is designed to sustainably produce high-quality tissue paper maximizing the usage of slush Eucalyptus pulp. The new tissue facility will be integrated in the existing Cacia site in Portugal, where the company operates one of the biggest pulp production plants in Europe. The scope of supply includes the latest Voith technologies to minimize energy consumption and achieve maximum efficiency in short fiber usage. Above all, the NipcoFlex T shoe press was a key factor in choosing Voith. With this technology, the need for thermal energy can be substantially reduced. The tissue machine is designed for an operating speed of 2,000 m/min. and will produce 70,000 mtpy of high-quality toilet and towel paper from pulp with a working width of 5,600 mm. Startup is scheduled for the second half of 2018. With this new investment the total tissue production capacity of The Navigator Company will raise to 130,000 mtpy. The Navigator Company is one of Europe’s leading producers of pulp and paper. It has a total paper capacity of 1.6 million tpy, largely integrated with pulp production, and more than 3,000 employees. As part of its development plan for a new cycle of growth, the Navigator Company in 2015 acquired an established tissue manufacturer: AMS-BR Star Paper, S.A. The Navigator Company is the new face of the former Portucel Soporcel group, after its rebranding in 2016. The Navigator Company is Portugal’s third leading exporter, and the exporter generating the highest level of national value added. The group accounts for approximately 1 percent of Portugal’s GDP, around 3 percent of the country’s total exports of goods. In 2016, the company set a new all-time record for paper output, with an annual turnover of approximately 1.6 billion euros.

PEOPLE

Resolute Forest Products has announced the appointment of Patrice Minguez as president of the company’s tissue group. This is a new role, reporting to Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. Minguez will serve as a member of Resolute’s executive team and will oversee all tissue operations as well as sales and marketing functions. This includes the Atlas Tissue operations in Florida and the new state-of-the-art tissue and converting facilities at Calhoun, TN. He will also be accountable for the company’s Calhoun pulp and paper mill. Founder and former president of Cellynne Holdings, Minguez built his business from the ground up, ultimately positioning Cellynne as the biggest independent tissue converter in North America. In addition to his extensive background selling both AfH and at-home bath tissue and towel, Minguez led the successful installation and startup of new tissue machines, and managed multiple production locations.

Johan Sundelin has been appointed new president and CEO of Sweden-based Duni AB. Currently Head of Division and MD for Santa Maria within Paulig Group, he will assume this role by January 2018. Sundelin has extensive and substantial experience from fast moving consumer goods, and has previously held leading positions at Orkla and Unilever. “Johan’s experience and capacity to create growth and improved profitability suits Duni’s future needs. We look forward to developing Duni with Johan at the helm,” says Magnus Yngen, chairman of the Duni board. Sundelin is replacing Thomas Gustafsson, who after five successful years at Duni is taking on a new role within Mellby Gård, where he will be engaged in a number of companies within its portfolio. Gustafsson will retain his position as president and CEO of Duni until Sundelin takes on the role, ensuring a successful handover.

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide—has announced that Steve Schubring has joined the organization as the value stream leader of tissue packaging. In this role, he will provide overall leadership for the tissue packaging value stream, focusing on everything from sales support and project management to acceptance of equipment in customers’ facilities. Schubring will operate from PCMC’s headquarters in Green Bay.

TECHNOLOGY

Voith has introduced a new OTR Precise system. Deformations on the surface of a yankee cylinder reduce the productivity of a tissue machine and impair the quality of the tissue paper. However, these manifestations of wear, which result primarily from continuous doctoring, are inevitable. With the OTR Precise Voith is offering tissue manufacturers a technology for reliably identifying these problem areas. Early detection of surface defects can extend the service life of the yankee cylinder and is a means of achieving better quality and higher productivity in tissue manufacturing. Voith installs the OTR Precise system during a scheduled machine shutdown and afterwards the measurements are conducted during normal operation of the yankee. With the help of a precise tension measurement and 3D measuring process the system eliminates the influences of vibration to produce a topographical map of the yankee cylinder surface, whose precision is setting a new benchmark for the industry. By comparing the target state of the crown profile with its actual state, normal and abnormal deformations such as areas of wear can be interpreted. This data forms the basis for precise planning of maintenance cycles. Initiating countermeasures in this way extends the life of the cylinder. In addition, the analysis enables an optimum CD moisture profile to be produced and, as a result, tissue quality is improved and machine efficiency increased.

From left to right: Jean Jobin, president and COO, Cascades Tissue Group; Betsy Johnson, state senator, Oregon; Mario Plourde, CEO of Cascades; Kate Brown, governor of Oregon; Tony Hyde, former Columbia County commissioner; Scott Burge, mayor of Scappoose; Brad Witt, State House representative.

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