Over the Wire - Tissue Edition


Goldenrod Corp.
Issue Spotlight
It's Tissue 2015 attracts 42% more participants that the inaugural event held in Lucca, Italy, in 2013.

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At its Dryden, Ont., Canada, mill, Domtar will launch a first-of-its-kind, commercial-scale manufacturing facility for new grades of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp.

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A total of 10 finalists showcased their work at the contest’s finale event held at Kleinfeld Bridal’s New York City location. Contestants crafted dresses out of nothing more than Charmin toilet paper, tape, glue, and/or needle and thread.

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Course offers an introductory-level curriculum designed for anyone new to tissue, and willl improve understanding of tissue properties and how they are impacted by the manufacturing process.

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TAPPI Tissue 202-Converting Operations Course, set for August 11-13, in Green Bay, Wis., USA, is currently sold out, but a date for the next course will be announced in the near future.

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Three new awards will be the Tissue Innovation Award,Tissue Lifetime Achievement Award, and Outstanding Tissue Educator Award.

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Four awards open for nominations are: Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award, Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award, and TAPPI Fellow.

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Naylor Association Solutions
Heritage Global Partners
Kadant Solutions Division
Market Roundup
The U.S tissue price index continued to decline in May, falling to its second lowest in 50 months.

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Prices declined by 11% from August 2014 to April 2015, after having trended upward for more than a year. The FOEX softwood chip price index (PIX-SCG) fell to $165.86 per oven-dry metric ton (odmt) in April, which was the lowest level since late 2013 and 4.3% below the five-year average.

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Brazil’s export of bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp declined 19% y/y and 10% m/m through May, according to SECEX—Foreign Trade Secretariat, Brazil, and is the lowest monthly total since March 2014.

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Tissue/Toweling Industry News
Partnership on a large-scale, digital custom content campaign includes Angel Soft, Brawny, Dixie, Quilted Northern, Sparkle, and Vanity Fair.

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Rewinders, model AC 882, with a paper format of 5,630 mm, attain working speeds of up to 1,400 m/min with paper that goes from 12.5 to 45 gsm. With a parent reel diameter of 3,100 mm, the customer obtains a finished roll having a maximum diameter of 2,250 mm.

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In the future, the company will operate under the name "Bellmer GapCon GmbH." The company’s locations in Willich (Germany), St. Pölten (Austria), and Calcutta (India) will continue.

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Rexcell will invest some 110 MSEK, upgrading its two tissue machines in Skåpafors, Sweden, which will increase tissue capacity at Rexcell by approximately 15% annually.

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With this new operation, Fábricas de Papel Potosí plans to make a quality leap, "attaining major and ambitious production milestones."

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Michael D. White, chairman, president, and CEO for DIRECTV,has been elected to Kimberly-Clark's board of directors, effective September 1. White joined DIRECTV as president and CEO in 2009 and added the responsibility of chairman in 2010.

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Company will build its first production site outside of Portugal. It plans to produce tissue products at Saint-Yorre, France, in the future. The new mill is to be commissioned late this year.

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Cogeneration system integrates a gas turbine with a yankee hood air system and a waste heat steam generator, covering all of the electricity and steam needs of the site located in Italy..

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Supplied by Valmet, the Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) machine will produce premium quality tissue products for the consumer market.

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The complete and particularly complex A.Celli Paper (Italy) roll handling and packaging system includes four lines that, following accurate testing, became ready for acceptance in December of last year.

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Company has begun a consultation period with its 140 member Stubbins mill staff in preparation for losing up to 34 jobs. SCA bought the site in 2012 as part of a wider acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European tissue operations and has since carried out an in-depth review of the business.

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Sofidel SPA in Italy has ordered two Advantage ReTurne energy recovery systems from Valmet. The system does not only recover energy from the headbox jet power, but also returns it back to the process as electrical energy.

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Delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM 1 dry end section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This features a new TT SYD-3600MM provided with the Toscotec patented solution for head insulation, a new yankee steam and condensate system, and a Duo-system yankee hood, SMART type, from Milltech.

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"The Warwick plant has a great history of making high-quality products. Unfortunately, it also is a very high-cost plant that has a cost structure almost twice as high as Xerium’s low cost plants due to several key factors including: pension and benefit costs, machine uptime, productivity, and a declining local-market business," explained Harold Bevis, Xerium’s president and CEO.

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New tissue machine has a steel yankee dryer and a design speed of 1,900 m/min, with a width of 2.85 meters.

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New Technologies
Characterized by high production flexibility, the new TANDEM® rewinder is designed for optimizing production and incrementing line productivity. It achieves both of these twofold goals, while limiting investments to a minimum

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Following an active Archroma research program, new food compliant grades were developed to comply with European regulations that have recently come into force, setting extremely low limitations for DEA and TEA contents in paper and board intended for food contact applications.

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The Tandem+ Nano roll towel dispenser is engineered as a hygiene solution fitting smaller, away-from-home spaces like doctors' offices, nurses' stations, classrooms, and food preparation areas.

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Andromeda represents the next major step forward for this industry, Futura says, noting that it will radically improve operational equipment efficiency and safety while reducing operating costs.

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RACCOON is a newly developed washing system for flexo plates in the printing section of tissue converting machines. Water pumping in the pipes fully eliminates processing waste, increasing the printing quality level.

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Tork EasyCube offers real-time restroom traffic and usage data with 24/7 visibility – ultimately helping reduce the number of restroom complaints and increase overall tenant and customer satisfaction.

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TheWall has an innovative and unique design. It is made of an especially strong material and is used by tissue, newsprint, and magazine paper manufacturers as well as board and packaging paper producers. It can be integrated into all current Voith dispersers and in selected dispersers of other manufacturers.

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Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee
During this meeting, the world’s leading yankee dryer owners and service providers will discuss opportunities to improve yankee dryer safety, productivity, and overall business results.

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Festo Corp
Xerium Technologies, Inc.