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PRODUCERS AND CONVERTERS

 Lucart, Lucca, Italy, welcomed 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian Peninsula through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System. Lucart’s project for restarting the business includes an investment plan of more than EUR20 million over the next five years. In terms of logistics, the geographical location of the plants is ideal for Lucart for serving both the Iberian and French markets. To gradually resume production, Lucart has confirmed 146 jobs in the three plants acquired, with a business plan that envisages the following: restarting two continuous machines at the Aranguren plant, for an overall capacity of 50,000 metric tpy; and gradually restarting and implementing the converting activity in the Gunes plant.

Vinda International Group, China, purchased four new Toscotec AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines to be installed in its new production base in Xiaonan district, Xiaogan, Hubei. Toscotec will deliver the first two lines in mid-March and the second two in mid-May 2018. PMs 1-4 will have similar configurations, including second generation large diameter TT SYD and Toscotec’s most recent technological developments in dryness efficiency, taking its widely acknowledged energy saving results to the next level.

Essity has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. The recognition was presented in connection with World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The ranking is based on publicly disclosed data from 2016 based on up to 17 key performance indicators covering environmental, social and governance relative to company peers. A total of 5,994 publicly listed companies with gross revenue of minimum US$1 billion have been analyzed, encompassing all sectors and industries. The global 100 companies come from 22 countries, where Essity is one of five Swedish companies on the list.

Svenska Pappersbruket in Klippan, Sweden, will invest in a new tissue machine with a capacity of 30,000 metric tpy. Startup is planned for Q2 2019. The supplier will be Recard of Italy. The mill is a big producer of colored tissue base paper reels and supplies to customers worldwide. The investment will further strengthen the mill’s position as the production will quadruple. Tissue from Klippan Mill is used mainly for napkin production.

A growing, strengthened relationship between Recard and Azur Papier, a subsidiary of Lilas SAH (Société d’Articles Hygiéniques) headquartered in Tunis, has led to Azur choosing Lucca-based Recard to enhance its production capacity. The supply entails a turnkey plant, with two virgin fiber stock preparation lines, a feeding unit, two rewinders and ancillary equipment, and is earmarked for the Zriba facility, 60 km south of Tunis, with startup scheduled by the end of 2018. PM 2 will have a production capacity of 115 metric tpd, a working speed of 1,800 m/min, and a net sheet width of 2,750 mm. The new plant can run using the two stock prep lines and the Kadant deinking system currently feeding PM 1, the first Recard machine supplied, running at 1,500 m/min and producing 80 metric tpd.

On October 19, 2017, Encore Tissue started up a new Toscotec steel yankee dryer on ET3 at its Laverton North mill, Melbourne, Australia. The rebuilt tissue machine started producing high quality tissue paper immediately after startup. The Australian tissue maker purchased a second generation TT SYD of 3,600 mm diameter, to replace an existing cast iron yankee. Following the installation of Toscotec’s steel yankee dryer, Encore Tissue expects to increase the machine operating speed from 1,400 m/min to 1,900 m/min. It also expects an increase in production and machine efficiency, and a real improvement of the finished product quality, from the point of view of homogeneity of the tissue structure.

According to the Chesterfield Observer, a Virginia state agency is taking possession of a 58-acre Chesterfield industrial parcel owned by Chinese paper company Tranlin, seemingly signaling the end of its ambitious plan to build a $2 billion production facility off U.S. Route 1. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s board of directors voted to transfer the property’s title to VEDP and satisfy part of Tranlin Inc.’s $4.85 million outstanding debt.

China’s Hengan International has fired up a new 60,000-metric tpy tissue PM at its mill in Weifang city, Shandong province. Dubbed PM 21, the Valmet unit churned out its first sheet of paper in late January. It has a net sheet width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. The mill runs four other tissue production lines with a combined capacity of 230,000 tonnes/yr. Back in 2012, Hengan ordered eight 60,000-metric ton/yr tissue machines; four from Andritz, and four from Valmet. PM 21 is the seventh to come onstream. The last one, also supplied by Valmet, is expected to start trial runs at the Weifang plant in May.

In late December, the new Voith XcelLine tissue machine TM 12 was successfully started up at Guangdong Lee & Man, taking only 28 minutes from “stock on wire” to “paper on reel.” From the very first parent roll produced, the tissue was of saleable quality. TM 12 was the fourth XcelLine tissue machine that was launched by Voith for Lee & Man in 2017; the previous three were TM 9, TM 10 and TM 11. With a wire width of 5,600 mm, the TM 12 is designed for a maximum operational speed of 2000 m/min. It will produce 60,000 metric tpy of household tissue annually from virgin fiber.

The leading Chinese producer of hygiene and sanitary products, Hengan, has successfully started up the second of two Toscotec-supplied tissue machines installed at its Changji mill. Hengan and Toscotec sealed their partnership at the end of a project that started one year ago with the order of two tissue machines: PM 25 (started up in November 2017) and PM 26, resulting in a total increase of 50,000 metric tpy in Hengan’s production. Both tissue machines have a production speed of 1,600 m/min and a width of 2.8 m. They are equipped with single layer headbox, one large diameter TT SuctionPressRoll, second generation TT SYD with improved rib design, TT Milltech natural gas high efficiency hood and steam and condensate removal system.

According to the Lewiston Tribune, Clearwater Paper expects to permanently eliminate as many as 100 union jobs this spring from its staff of 1,400 in Lewiston. Some of the cuts—between 80 and 100 positions—will be through attrition or by not filling open slots, said Clearwater Paper spokeswoman Shannon Myers. The downsizing is tentatively scheduled to start in May and will involve the 500-member staff of the tissue division, Myers said.

As part of its strategy to expand into the tissue segment, Suzano Papel e Celulose, the world’s second-largest eucalyptus pulp producer, commissioned Voith Paper, a global technology leader in innovation for the paper industry, to supply complete production lines for the manufacture of sanitary (tissue) paper. The multi-national German group successfully concluded the startup of two complete double-width XcelLine VTM 4 machines installed in the Brazilian paper manufacturer’s plants in Imperatriz (state of Maranhão) and Mucuri (state of Bahia). Each machine has the capacity to manufacture approximately 220 metric tpd at a speed of 2,000 m/min.

In January 2016, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Hebei Jinboshi Group for the delivery of two Intelli-Tissue 1200 EcoEc lines. The first step of this project was delivery and startup of TM 1 that took place on June 21, 2017. At the same time, PMP team was working on TM 2, which was brought online on September 2, 2017. This project is based on a PMP’s Integrated Tissue Mill concept, which means two machines (left-hand and right-hand) in the same building, a shared control room as well as a common warehouse. Both machines feature a 3,650-mm reel trim, operating speed of 1,200 m/min, daily capacity 75 metric tpd each and a basis weight of 12.5-25 g/m2.

China’s Shantou Piaohe Paper has kicked off trial production on a new 12,000-metric ton/yr tissue machine at its sole mill in Shantou city, Guangdong province. The unit, supplied by Chinese supplier Baotuo Paper Machinery Engineering, has a trim width of 2.86 m and a design speed of 800 m/min. Its startup was initially scheduled for August last year. The firm did not explain the delay. An identical tissue line was commissioned at the site in December 2014.

Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, has invested approximately EUR30 million on sustainable heat generation at its Swedish tissue mills. As a result, the Metsä Tissue mills in Mariestad, Pauliström and Nyboholm are now using fossil free and CO2 neutral steam generation in tissue production. “Energy-wise future is built on the renewable, also in tissue production where the drying phase is heat intensive. Therefore, we have invested in bio energy in all our Swedish mills,” says Mark Watkins, SVP Consumer Nordics. “We started to operate the new bio boiler in our Nyboholm mill in late 2017. Earlier we have been using partly fossil fuels for heat generation, but now the new boiler has enabled us to move to 100 percent bio fuels, meaning bark, sawdust, wood chips, and other wood based fuels as well as sludge that is a production side stream from using recovered paper in our mills. Going forward, oil is used only as a reserve fuel for exceptional circumstances to ensure production continuity.”

According to the Orange County Register, Kimberly-Clark intends to shutter its plant in Fullerton, CA, as part of a restructuring it announced last month, the paper products giant has confirmed. The plant, which opened in 1956, employs 330 people. “Kimberly-Clark has informed employees at the Fullerton manufacturing facility of its proposed plan to close this facility,” company spokesperson Terry Balluck said in an email.

Serbian-based Drenik ND has chosen Recard to supply a second tissue machine, this one destined for its mill in Hungary that it purchased a few years ago. The new agreement entails the supply of another complete turnkey plant identical to the one requested last year for the company’s facilities in Serbia. The machine has a design speed of 1,850-m/min, width of 2,850 mm, with a production capacity of 120 metric tpd. It will be fed by two stock preparation lines for virgin fiber and equipped with a hydraulic rewinder with four backstands, complete electrical plant, DAF system, mist and dust extraction systems, and hall ventilation.

Andritz has received an order from Metsä Tissue to modernize and upgrade the existing DIP line at the Metsä Tissue mill in Mänttä, Finland. The new DIP line is to supply the furnish for all three tissue machines at the Mänttä mill and will process medium- to high-quality recycled paper grades to be used as raw material for production of various tissue products. Andritz will upgrade the pulping process with a new detrashing system—comprising a FibreGuard detrasher, a FibreWash drum, and a detrashing pump—to increase pulp quality through early removal of non-disintegrated reject materials.

Andritz has successfully started up the PrimeLineST W22 tissue machine with steel yankee dryer and steam-heated hood delivered to Carta Fabril, for its mill in Anápolis, Brazil. Due to the outstanding and short commissioning period, paper production on the new tissue machine started well ahead of schedule. The PrimeDry Steel Yankee has a diameter of 22 ft. The combination with the steam-heated hood enables highly efficient drying with substantial energy savings compared with conventional drying sections with cast yankee dryers and gas-heated-hoods. The PrimeLineST W22 has a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a width of 5.55 m. It will produce tissue with grammage of 15 g/m2 that is used for two-ply toilet paper.

Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill’s Arkhbum is forging ahead with the construction of a greenfield tissue plant in Vorsino, in the Kaluga region in western Russia. The firm has completed the construction of the 14,600-m2 tissue converting building and the 13,100-m2 warehouse. The total planned size of the site is more than 60,000 m2. The 70,000-metric tpy tissue machine, supplied by Andritz, is set to start up at the end of 2018, according to Arkhbum. The machine will be accompanied by two converting lines for production of toilet paper and kitchen towels.

SUPPLIERS

Research, innovation and competitiveness are the drives for company progress. Today, more than ever, great progress changes affect every industrial sector and A.Celli has addressed this issue through a precise vision christened Extreme Automation. The A.Celli Group firmly believes in a production process that uses the new technologies dictated by the Industry 4.0 revolution and that can yield a more immediate and concrete production optimization during the individual process phases. Certainly the most interesting and useful aspect is centered on managing the data acquired, on the possibility of filing them for future reference, making them the object of a more accurate analysis, to transmit predictive maintenance programs to operators and to act on the system and eliminate defects or non-conformities. This is done to maintain the machinery at a superior level of efficiency/productivity, guaranteeing a better final product quality.

Imperial Dade has acquired the assets of PCA Industrial & Paper Supplies (PCA). The transaction represents the 14th acquisition for Imperial Dade, a leading national distributor of disposable food service and janitorial supplies, under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, CEO and president of Imperial Dade, respectively. Based in Willow Grove, PA, PCA is a distributor of paper products, janitorial supplies and cleaning equipment serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area. For Imperial Dade, the acquisition of PCA strengthens the company’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic and bolsters its ability to serve its existing customer base in Philadelphia.

OMET innovation has introduced the new version of its FV line, the high-performing vacuum folding solution especially dedicated to the production of dispenser napkins. This type of napkin is typical of the American market, but its use has been spreading rapidly throughout Europe. The FV.6 is the new machine introduced in the FV line, the vacuum folding solution by OMET. Thanks to the six lanes and several technological innovations, it provides high-performance, automatic process and enhanced efficiency during the entire productive process.

Winkler+Dünnebier (W+D), a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading provider of integrated system solutions for the hygiene industry, has acquired BICMA Hygiene Technologie. Based in Mayen, Germany, BICMA designs and manufactures machinery for the production of hygiene products in the personal care sector. BICMA will complement W+D’s Hygiene Solutions business unit, which manufactures machines that produce facial tissue and hygiene products. The collaboration will drive growth for both entities in the rapidly expanding hygiene market.

CONVERTERS

Drylock Technologies, headquartered in Zele, Belgium, has agreed to simultaneously acquire two competing Brazilian personal care companies, Mardam and Capricho. Both Mardam and Capricho companies have their headquarters and operations in the São Paulo region of Brazil, the largest metropolitan consumer market of Latin America. Both Mardam and Capricho have demonstrated sustained growth in the Brazilian retail market, primarily driven behind their own company brands as well as private label initiatives within the South East of Brazil. Drylock currently has sales in both the baby and adult category in all major South American markets and sees the acquisition of two major local Brazilian companies as a natural next step for the company’s development. Given the strong presence of modern retail formats in both Brazil and Latin America, and the long-term growth potential of private label within the personal care segment across the region, Drylock sees Latin America as an important part of the company growth strategy.

PEOPLE

Tissue Italy, the network behind the iT’s Tissue event, has named Marco Dell’Osso its new executive vice president. This senior position provides strength and vision for the organization as it enhances its advocacy of “Made in Italy” technology to provide the range of solutions for the worldwide tissue market. Tissue Italy president Massimo Franzaroli said: “Marco has been a strong contributor to the creation and success of iT’s Tissue as a representative of one of the network members, Futura. He was therefore the natural candidate for this important new post—a strategic executive role in the Tissue Italy organization. I, along with the other board members and the whole network of Tissue Italy, am delighted he has accepted.” 

Vinda International Group, China, purchased four new Toscotec AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines to be installed in its new production base in Xiaonan district, Xiaogan, Hubei.

In late December, the new Voith XcelLine tissue machine TM 12 was successfully started up at Guangdong Lee & Man, taking only 28 minutes from “stock on wire” to “paper on reel.”

 

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