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Forestal y Papelera Concepcion Starts up New NTT Tissue Line at Mill in Chile

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A Valmet (Finland)-delivered Advantage NTT tissue line has started up at the Forestal y Papelera Concepcion (FPC) mill in Chile. The new line fulfills FPC's target of producing 100% textured tissue, differentiating the company's product offering, and to produce high-quality tissue with low energy consumption. This is so far the widest installed Advantage NTT machine with a width of 5.5 meters. The delivery also included an automation package.

"Our strategy is to provide something different to the market. To succeed, we had to look for a new and innovative technology, so the choice fell on the Valmet Advantage NTT concept. We are also using 100% virgin pulp, and all in all, it has paid off. Today, we are producing great tissue products with very high bulk and softness," said Marco Monsalve, operations manager of FPC.

"Our Advantage NTT tissue line is specially designed to produce textured tissue with high quality and low energy consumption. This has been an exciting and interesting project. Valmet's scope of supply was large and the mill had to be designed to resist earthquakes, which are a risk in the area. The cooperation between Valmet and the mill team has been great, and we enjoyed working with the people in FPC," added Gunnar Söderqvist, project manager, Valmet Tissue Mills business unit.

Valmet delivered a complete tissue production line, including a complete stock preparation system and an Advantage NTT 200 tissue machine with the latest technology for high-quality consumer tissue. The 5.5-meter-wide machine is equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox and a cast iron yankee cylinder. It also features the well-proven Advantage tissue technology, including the AirCap yankee hood, a SoftReel reel, and the WetDust dust management system. The delivery also features a Valmet Focus Rewinder and an extensive automation package including Valmet DNA, dilution control, and quality control systems.

The production line is optimized for the highest flexibility, with the capability to swing between production of plain and textured tissue with low energy and fiber consumption. The design speed is 2,000 m/min in plain mode and 1,800 m/min in textured mode. The line has a capacity of 70,000 metric tpy of bath, towel, and napkin tissue grades.

Forestal y Papelera Concepción S.A. (FPC) is a paper manufacturer founded in 1995. Since 2009, the company has been mainly producing recycled fiber-based packaging paper. Its new tissue production line and converting facilities will deliver jumbo rolls and converted tissue products for the Latin and North American markets. 


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