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The TADVISION® machine supplied by Toscotec on a turnkey basis to Essity Mexico started up at its tissue mill, in Ciudad Sahagun, Hidalgo. 

Designed for extra-premium product quality and superior energy efficiency, the TAD machine is equipped with a Steel Yankee Dryer, a successful pioneering innovation on this technology.

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Toscotec’s turnkey supply includes stock preparation, vacuum plant, complete electrification, extensive automation package, and all necessary auxiliary systems.

Toscotec also provided a skilful service package including detailed engineering, complete erection, commissioning, test runs, and start-up assistance supporting the vertical start-up of the TADVISION® machine.

Roberto Caballero, Vice-president Manufacturing Essity Latin America, says: “With our first TAD machine at Essity Mexico, we aim to increase the pace of innovation to deliver premium and more environmentally sound products to our customers and consumers in the region”.

Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec Sales Director, says, “The new TADVISION® machine is state of the art designed for efficient air-through drying. We are happy to see that the mill is achieving very good results both in terms of machine efficiency and of energy consumptions.”

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Toscotec will showcase its efficient, paper machine rebuilding solutions at PaperWeek Canada 2020 Booth 8, from February 4 through 6, in Montreal.  

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On February 5 at 9:00 am, Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec Paper & Board Area Sales Manager, will present “Toscotec’s dryer section rebuild: the in-depth analysis of case histories”. This presentation illustrates how TT SteelDryer and Toscotec’s beginning-to-end support ensures the successful outcome of dryer section rebuilds including the increase of production and the improvement of the sheet moisture profile. 

TT SteelDryers guarantee a superior drying rate and a long operating life. Compared with cast iron cylinders, TT SteelDryers provide up to 30% more drying capacity.  This is based on their higher heat transfer rate and wider drying face length, which dries a larger sheet width considering the same cylinder length, thereby increasing productivity. Toscotec currently counts more than 1,300 installed TT SteelDryers globally. 

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Voith Group plans takeover of Toscotec S.p.A.

Technology Group Voith is planning on acquiring 90 percent of the shares in Toscotec S.p.A. A corresponding purchase contract was signed on Dec. 20, 2019. Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

2016 09 22 073412Toscotec S.p.A. is a global supplier of systems, products and services for the paper industry with headquarters in Lucca, Italy. Its focus is on tissue machines for manufacturing sanitary products such as paper towels, paper napkins, or toilet paper. The closing of the transaction is anticipated to occur at the first half of 2020 and is subject to regulatory approvals and meeting of other usual closing conditions.

“Especially in the tissue range, Toscotec is a highly regarded and established company that strengthens our offering in this important growth area. With this acquisition, Voith can expand its position as a full-line supplier in all areas of the paper industry and gains a tradition-rich, powerful and agile unit,” says Andreas Endters, President & CEO Group Division Voith Paper, explaining the significance of the takeover.

Toscotec S.p.A. has specialized in the manufacturing of machines for the tissue and paper industry since 1948. “The focus of our efforts is on maximum production efficiency, reduced consumption, and the highest quality. We are happy to have gained a renowned partner with Voith that pursues sustainable business activities and a likewise sustainable investment strategy,” emphasizes Alessandro Mennucci, CEO at Toscotec.

The Lucca-based company, with locations in China and the U.S., develops and produces paper machines, systems, and components for the manufacturing of sanitary papers, paper and board. Toscotec S.p.A. supplies its customers with state-of-the-art technologies and services, from the production line through conversions and rebuilds to individual components. Toscotec S.p.A. employs around 200 people and generates a turnover of approximately 100 million euros.

About the Voith Group

The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.

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Since 2006, German tissue manufacturer WEPA Group has chosen Toscotec for all its hood rebuilds at various paper mills in Germany and Italy. These projects were all turnkey operations, where Toscotec supplied the complete package for the rebuild, from its engineering design, to the components supply, down to onsite dismantling operations, erection, commissioning and start-up. For these rebuilds, Toscotec developed a custom-made design of its hoods aimed to increase production and reduce energy consumption to a minimum; it engineered the nozzle boxes and customized the air system according to WEPA’s requirements, in order to achieve top operation flexibility in cross direction moisture control and better machine runnability. Overall, Toscotec supplied other hood and air systems to WEPA in Germany, France and Poland as part of the supply of new tissue lines. The following three projects are a selection of the rebuilds carried out from 2006 to 2019.  

WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen PM5 drying section rebuild.

2019 12 06 080740WEPA chose Toscotec for 7 custom-made hood and air system rebuilds on a turnkey basis. In 2006, WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen mill in Germany invested in the rebuild of the drying section of its PM5 and selected Toscotec for the supply of high-temperature hoods and its Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-15FT. WEPA believed in this new technology at a time when Toscotec had only manufactured a few TT SYD, and its innovative steel design had only just been introduced into what was a cast iron-dominated tissue market back then. Thirteen years later, WEPA has successfully installed another 6 TT SYDs and Toscotec has developed and implemented three successive product generations and sold over 220 steel Yankees worldwide, including 5,600 mm width and 22 ft diameter TT SYDs. WEPA’s foresight was proved right, for steel Yankees are now recognized as the new technological standard in the tissue industry at a global level.

The gas-fired hoods supplied to WEPA Marsberg-Giershagen in 2006 operate at 600-650°C and are equipped with low emission burners running on high-temperature combustion air. The energy necessary to heat up the combustion air is recovered from the air system itself through the use of heat exchangers. As a result, the advantage of low emission burners is twofold: one is the reduction of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon oxide (CO), and the second is cutting the overall gas consumption. 

WEPA Italia Cassino PM13 drying section rebuild.

In 2013, Toscotec supplied a hood rebuild to WEPA Italia Cassino in southern Italy. The German Group confirmed the Italian supplier as the turnkey supplier of its second hood rebuild based on the advantages of Toscotec’s technical proposal. 

Firstly, the project was completed according to schedule, in a record time of only 6 months from contract signature to start-up. Secondly, the engineering design was custom-made based not only on the machine specifications, but also on the installation logistics, in order to avoid opening up the roof of the machine building and renting external crane equipment. Toscotec designed and manufactured these double-width hoods in separate modules and consequently achieved a significant reduction of the installation time and costs. According to WEPA’s needs, in order to reduce machine down time and speed up the mill’s administrative procedures, Toscotec realized a particular layout where the air system was installed outside the building. 

In 2016, Toscotec also installed a TT SYD of 18ft diameter and 5,890 mm face length on the same machine. 

WEPA Leuna PM10 hood rebuild in 2019. 

For WEPA Leuna mill in Germany, Toscotec supplied the turnkey rebuild of PM10 hoods. 

As with WEPA Cassino, the Italian manufacturer was asked to factor in the installation logistics while developing the custom-made design of PM10 5,600 mm web width hoods. The advantage was that the hoods were carried into the machine building through its regular entrance and lifted using the building cranes. This reduced time and cost, as it avoided work on the roof and rental of external cranes.  

Toscotec completed the project on schedule within 7 days of machine down time, during which it performed the dismantling of the old parts, erection of the new ones, commissioning, and start-up. Achieving this required precise planning and the onsite assembly of key components before shutdown.  

Mr. Lars-Helge Peters, WEPA Leuna Mill Manager, said: “Inside the building we had to do a big crane job with evident space restraints, but Toscotec handled it very well. The start-up was perfectly on schedule, on Monday April 8th at 7 am. During the six months after the rebuild, we achieved two positive results: the first is a 3-5% reduction of PM10 overall energy consumption (gas and electrical power) and the second is the improvement of the moisture profile across all grades, from kitchen towel to toilet paper. Also, on this new configuration, compared with the old hoods, we observed an increased stability of the hood section and better runnability.” 

Successful outcome across 7 projects. 

The results of 7 hood rebuilding projects over 13 years have been consistently a reduction of gas and power consumption higher than the contract guarantees and a significant increase in the run-ability of the machine, both in terms of overall efficiency and cross direction moisture profile

Since their first drying section rebuild of 2006, WEPA and Toscotec began a fruitful cooperation that not only led to the successful completion of 7 hood rebuilds, but also to five complete tissue lines, three of which were turnkey supplies.  

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The Dominican Group César Iglesias successfully started up a second generation TT SYD at its paper mill in Santo Domingo. Following start-up, the mill has observed a marked increase of production capacity and important energy savings in the drying section. 

Thanks to continuous R&D on Toscotec’s Steel Yankee Dryer, the height, width and pitch of the internal ribs as well as the shell thickness achieved an optimal geometry, which guarantees a highly efficient heat transfer. The supply also includes the steam and condensate system, the Yankee coating spray boom, a new forming roll, as well as the complete overhaul service of press rolls. 

In response to the customer’s request for the fastest possible delivery, Toscotec further refined the production time and was able to deliver the Steel Yankee Dryer in record time. Since the opening of Massa Technology Lab in 2016, an integrated plant dedicated to the production of Steel Yankee Dryers, Toscotec has sought to optimize the manufacturing process of its TT SYD and shortened their delivery period

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Jesús Feris Ferrús, César Iglesias Technical Director, says, “When we selected the supplier for this investment, we thought that the TT SYD’s superior performance and short delivery time made it the most competitive choice in the market. This was our first cooperation with Toscotec and we have been positively impressed by their technical and project management team. The energy efficiency of the TT SYD will allow us to reduce the manufacturing cost of our tissue line and give us a competitive advantage in the market.”

Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec’s Pressure Vessel Technical Manager, says, “As soon as we understood the customer’s need for a fast delivery, we rearranged the production schedule, in order to reduce the construction time as much as we could. From a technical point of view, we were in tune with César Iglesias’ team, which made our first cooperation very easy for everybody.”

The César Iglesias Group thus enters the tissue market, starting the production and converting of toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins. 

About César Iglesias, S.A.

César Iglesias, S.A. is a Dominican company with more than 100 years in the market. 

Dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of mass consumption products in the areas of cleaning, home care and personal care and food, it has over 2,000 employees, 21 factories, a portfolio of 27 brands and 450 sales representatives reaching 30,000 customers on a weekly basis.

For further information, please contact:

Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, marco.dallepiagge@toscotec.com

Gabriele Romanini, Area Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division, Gabriele.Romanini@toscotec.com 

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JSC "Yarpaper" selected Toscotec for a major rebuild of its paper machine at Yaroslavl mill, northeast of Moscow, Russia. PM1 has a wire sheet width of 2,830 mm, produces test liner and fluting in the range of 100 to 150 gsm, using 100% waste paper. 

Toscotec will supply the approach flow system, including screens, fan pumps, TT Headbox-H fitted with dilution control system and a newly designed Fourdrinier make up. The sheet path in the press section will be optimized, including the sheet transfer to the dryer section. 

Toscotec will supply a new complete dryer section, with 35 TT SteelDryers designed to operate at 10 barg, along with framing, canvas rolls, doctors, stabilization boxes, stretchers, guiding and tail threading system and the mechanical drives for the entire paper machine. 

The scope also includes the engineering, erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and training.

(from right to left:) Mr. Sergey Dotsenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC (from right to left:) Mr. Sergey Dotsenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "Yarpaper" and Mr. Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.

This major rebuilding project will modify the entire paper machine, including the approach flow system and sets ambitious targets of production increase and quality improvement, maintaining the same PM length, thereby reducing the impact on the existing building. 

Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "Yarpaper", Mr. Sergey Dotsenko, says, “This operation represents a strategic investment aimed to improve product quality, increase our production output and efficiency. As an FSC-certified manufacturer, we are focused on the sustainability of our operations. After the joint evaluation of the project, we selected Toscotec because of their understanding of our needs and development of the best technical solution in order to increase the process and drying efficiency of PM1. This is in step with boosting its capacity and expanding the product range from 90 to 160 gsm. The rebuild will be in line with our environmental standards.” 

Toscotec’s Head of Sales Application Gian Luca Fornesi says, “This is our first important paper & board project in Russia. Thanks to the support of Pulp & Paper Processes, Ltd., we are glad to enter the Russian market with such a recognised producer and such an extensive rebuild, which spans from the approach flow to the wet section of the paper machine, down to the dryer section. Most sections will be newly designed, or extensively rebuilt, to achieve a substantial production increase. During the project evaluation, we assessed a number of possible solutions for the customer and we are confident that our rebuild will eliminate the main bottlenecks of this production line.”

The delivery is scheduled for August 2020. 

About JSC “Yarpaper”

Established in 2003, JSC "Yarpaper" specializes in the production of paper and cardboard, using 100% recycled raw materials that are certified according to FSC requirements. In 2018, it recycled 62,000 tons of waste paper. It currently produces 55,000 t/y of fluting of 100 to 140 g/m² and test liner of 110 to 150 g/m². Its customer base includes the leading manufacturers of corrugated packaging in Russia.

For further information, please contact:

Enrico Fazio, Head of Sales, Toscotec Paper & Board division, enrico.fazio@toscotec.com

Gian Luca Fornesi, Head of Sales Application, Toscotec Paper & Board division, gianLuca.fornesi@toscotec.com

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New tissue machine installations in Italy. 

Toscotec has strengthened its leadership position in the Italian tissue market, based on new machine installations in the last five years. Since 2015, Toscotec has received five orders from Italian tissue producers for their paper mills located in Italy.

They include two complete tissue lines for Eurovast’s Cartiera della Basilica. One line replaced an older machine and has been in operations since 2015 at its Bagni di Lucca mill. The other line is been installed at Eurovast Botticino mill and is currently scheduled to start production in the last quarter of 2019. 

In 2017, a Toscotec-supplied tissue machine came online at a confidential paper mill in the South of Italy.

In November 2018, Lucart fired up an AHEAD-2.0S tissue line at its Porcari mill. 

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This year, Toscotec received a major turnkey supply order from Cartiera Confalone S.p.A., who is scheduled to start up a new AHEAD 2.2 tissue line in 2020. The project includes the entire tissue making line from the pulper conveyor belts to two OPTIMA 2200 slitter rewinders.

Toscotec’s energy efficient technology has won over the Italian tissue market and raised the bar on performance and reliability, by introducing TT NextPress on Lucart’s AHEAD-2.0S machine, which represents the first shoe press ever installed in Italy.

Cooperation with Italy-based International Groups. 

Apart from new installations in Italy, Toscotec also cooperates with International groups headquartered in Italy on a number of projects outside of the Italian territory. In 2018, it started a close cooperation with the Sofidel Group on their new Oklahoma plant, for the turnkey supply of two AHEAD-2.0L tissue lines currently undergoing erection. In 2017, Toscotec rebuilt on a turnkey basis PM10 of Lucart Laval sur Vologne mill in France, by modifying the wire and felt sections and supplying a new TT SYD and the steam & condensate system. 

Foreign tissue manufacturers in Italy.

The strong partnership between Toscotec and the German Wepa Group also led to two important rebuilding projects in Italy, at Wepa Lucca and Wepa Cassino mills. The former involved the rebuild into crescent former of an old machine, followed by a speed-up upgrade. The latter was carried out in three steps, from the rebuild into crescent former in 2009 to the supply of a new TT Headbox and TT SYD and the rebuild of the stock preparation system in 2015.

The high degree of customization of Toscotec’s tissue plants represents an invaluable source of success on the Italian as well as international markets. In recent years, Toscotec has made significant investments to equip itself with the most advanced engineering tools and to support the high level of specialization of its technical department, in order to respond to the market increasingly greater request for tailor-made plants. 

The fact that tissue producers such as Eurovast, Lucart and others have repeatedly selected Toscotec for the supply of their new tissue lines and rebuilds is proof that its technology is recognized by the Italian tissue market as well established and highly reliable. Based on these results, Toscotec consolidated its position as market leader for the design and supply of tissue machinery in Italy.

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Maintenance managers and supervisors in tissue mills are required to work to budget and cut the costs of maintenance wherever possible. An efficient management of your TT SYD (Steel Yankee Dryer) helps reduce maintenance costs and avoiding the risk of emergency stops.  

What to do to reduce the maintenance cost of your TT SYD:

1. PERIODIC STRUCTURAL CHECKS & NDE

Within 2 years after start-up and every 5 years after the first inspection, you should perform structural checks and NDE of the structural welds and connecting bolts of your Yankee, according the following Non Destructive Examination (NDE) methods: Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI), single beam Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and automated ultrasonic testing (Phased Array - PA and Time Of Flight Diffraction - TOFD). 

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This will ensure compliance with the requirements of your local pressure vessel regulations and insurance.

2. CHECK YOUR SYD INTERNALLY & THE CONDENSATE REMOVAL SYSTEM 

Once a year, plan an internal inspection of your TT SYD and its condensate removal system. 

Make sure you thoroughly clean the soda straws - one by one, from the bottom of the grooves - and their blocking clips. Check inside the straws if there is any magnetite: its build-up may be a sign of corrosion. This clean up will also ensure a uniform moisture profile on the paper. You should also check the sealing of the condensate removal pipes, to ensure maximum heat transfer efficiency. 

3. CHECK THE STEAM & CONDENSATE SYSTEM’S WATER QUALITY

The chemical parameters of the boiler’s water circuit and of the Yankee’s condensate must remain within the recommended ranges. This will ensure the smooth operation of the boiler, of the steam and condensate system and of the equipment and machinery integrated in this circuit, including your TT SYD and the instrumentation. 

You should continuously monitor the key chemical parameters and make periodical tests, to ensure that the water quality is under control. Increase the frequency of the tests if you suspect there is a contamination in the steam and condensate system.

If the water quality is under control, you should see a thin and uniform layer of magnetite (black oxide, Fe3O4) that adheres tightly on the internal surfaces of your TT SYD. This layer creates a barrier to possible corrosion.

4. VISUAL CHECK OF THE METALIZED COATED SURFACE

Perform a visual inspection of the metalized surface on each shutdown of the paper machine. A scratch or localized damage on the metalized coating may significantly affect the runnability of your SYD. In this case, you should consider making a spot repair of the damage. If you see chatter marks, consider checking the doctor blades for vibration, the machine frame for vibration resonance, the chemical coating application and the process parameters in general for large variances from centerlines.

5. MEASURE THE ROUGHNESS OF THE METALIZED COATED SURFACE 

Once a year, measure the roughness of the metalized coated surface. This will allow you to better understand the status of the metallization, in terms of chemical coating, blades, etc. If you find an increasing porosity of the metalized coating, consider planning a polishing/grinding job, before it starts affecting paper quality.

6. CHECK THE JOURNALS INSULATING SLEEVES 

The insulating sleeves protect the bearings, especially during warm-up of the Yankee. Once a year, check if the insulation sleeves are working properly by using a contact thermometer to measure the temperature of the Yankee journals during production. Once every 5 years, perform a pressure test or dismantle the insulating sleeve pipes (depending on your type of sleeve), in order to verify the conditions and good functioning of the sleeves. Repair or replace any damaged part. It is good practice to replace the gaskets and insulation packing/wrap after 5 years of operation.

7. CHECK THE DECKLE INSULATION

At least once a year, during ordinary maintenance, check the tightening of the SYD deckle insulation screws. This is important to avoid any possible damage due to their fall and passage between the press and the Yankee, and it ensures a safe working area for the operators. 

At least once a year, you should also thoroughly clean the deckle insulating panels. If the TT SYD is at room temperature, you may use high-pressure water to do so. This clean up eliminates the risk of possible damage to the panels and to the components adjacent to the Yankee, due to build-up of fibers and chemicals. 

8. CHECK THE DOCTOR BLADES SETTING

The doctor blades should be of the right length and mounted cantered in the middle, to make sure that they cover the Yankee’s surface completely during the oscillation of their support. Usually, the rule is LBLADE = LYD – LOSCILLATION.

If you use oscillating doctor blade holders, make sure that their movement is smooth and steady. Jerky movements may cause grooves or streaks on the metallization. This will eliminate the risk of damaging the surface of the metalized coating and will increase its lifetime.

9. CHECK THE STEAM ROTARY JOINTS

Check the wear level of the sealing graphite according to the indications of the supplier. If it exceeds the max allowable wear, replace the sealing graphite during machine stop and with the steam rotary joints at room temperature.  

10. CHECK THE TIR 

Once a year, measure the TIR (Total Indicated Runout) of your TT SYD. Measure the TIR at grinding pressure and with the paper sheet off. You may also do this measurement in cold conditions, to get a rough indication of roundness status of your SYD. A TIR test helps you identifying possible problems and creating a database of reference records. 

11. LONG-TERM SHUTDOWN OF TT SYD

In case of long-term shutdown, remove all the condensate inside the Yankee dryer, clean the heads/deckle insulation panels and remember to rotate the Yankee by 90° once every two days. 

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The Marutomi Group started up a MODULO-PLUS ES tissue machine supplied by Toscotec at its Marutomi Paper’s mill in Fuji city, Shizuoka, Japan. This is the first of two tissue lines ordered by the Japanese producer. The second line is scheduled for start-up in 2020 at Ono Paper’s mill. 

The MODULO-PLUS ES machine features a sheet width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 1,500 m/min and produces over 22,000 tpy of high quality tissue. It is equipped with TT NextPress, a second generation TT SYD, TT Hood-Duo steam-heated hoods and Toscotec’s proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS, which was developed especially for this project on a Mitsubishi platform, in cooperation with the Japanese Corporation.

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The scope also includes Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) system, dust and mist removal systems, an automatic shaft return system on the pope reel and an in-line shaft puller. The service package consists of the plant’s detailed engineering, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance. 

With this new line, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress counts another reference in Asia, following various successful installations in Portugal, Italy, South Africa and China. Thanks to the flexible regulation of its load and tilt, TT NextPress delivers highly consistent moisture across the sheet and a softer and bulkier tissue, while ensuring maximum energy efficiency in the drying process. 

Mr. Shinichi Kato, Vice President of Marutomi Engineering Co., Ltd., says, “Toscotec met our targets in terms of project management, delivery and execution. Toscotec, with the collaboration of Kobayashi Engineering Works, supported us 100%, making adjustments and proactively helping the progress of the project. Both commissioning and start-up went very well. We are happy with the paper quality we are getting right after start-up and our team is already working with Toscotec to fine-tune all the key parameters. We expect great results on the energy efficiency of this production line”.

Andrea Paganucci, Toscotec Project Manager, says, “The effective cooperation both with Marutomi team and Kobayashi Engineering Works, who supported the entire project, led to this successful outcome. Since the beginning of the installation, we proceeded according to schedule, like clockwork, towards our common objective”.

About Marutomi Paper Co., Ltd. 

Founded in 1955, Marutomi Paper is one of the main tissue producers in Japan. The Marutomi Group today mainly specializes in toilet tissue from 100% recycled fiber, with an annual production output of 150,000 tons, of which 95% of toilet tissue and 5% of kitchen towel, and an estimated market share of 15%. 

For further information, please contact:

Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, marco.dallepiagge@toscotec.com 

Gabriele Martinelli, Area Sales Manager Asia & Pacific, Toscotec Tissue division, gabriele.martinelli@toscotec.com

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Cartiera Confalone is the protagonist of an important investment that will see the construction of a new advanced production base in Montoro, Avellino, with leading-edge tissue technology. The plant includes an automated warehouse and one AHEAD 2.2 tissue line supplied by Toscotec on a turnkey basis. Cartiera Confalone’s Montoro mill represents the biggest tissue investment in the south of Italy in the last twenty years and it will give new impetus to the local job market. 

The start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020. The new tissue line consists of one AHEAD 2.2 tissue machine, equipped with TT NextPress, a second generation TT SYD and gas-fired hoods designed with numerous stages of energy recovery. The sheet trim is 2,850 mm, the design speed is 2,200 m/min and the production capacity is over 35,000 tpy. The tissue line is dedicated to the production of toilet tissue, napkins and towels and it will process 100% pre-dried virgin pulp and converting broke. 

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The turnkey supply also includes the complete stock preparation, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) ensuring a higher operation efficiency, the complete electrical and control system, including the DCS and the QCS and the dust and mist removal systems for the tissue machine. The vacuum plant, an automatic vibration monitoring system for the tissue machine and the hall ventilation system complete the supply. 

The turnkey scope includes two newly designed OPTIMA 2200 slitter rewinders, which feature tension and nip control systems, and are equipped with a dedicated dust removal system. The core-assist drive system installed on the pope reel and the optimized nip control of the OPTIMA 2200 rewinders will ensure premium tissue quality, preserving the bulk and hand-feel of the finished product. 

Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering, the plant and the machine erection, commissioning and start-up supervision and training programs. 

The relationship between Toscotec and Cartiera Confalone S.p.A. dates back to 1999 when Cartiera Confalone installed a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine at its mill in Maiori in the province of Salerno and then replaced its cast-iron Yankee with a TT SYD in 2013. 

Gaetano Confalone, Sole Director of Cartiera Confalone, says, "This Toscotec line represents a key technological investment for our mill. We have been working with Toscotec for over 20 years, since the project of our first tissue line. We are pleased with the deep expertise of the Toscotec team, not only for developing a new custom made solution based on our requirements, but also for its proven capability in managing turnkey projects of this magnitude. This line will be key to the future growth of our brand."

Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says, "We are honoured to have been selected for this turnkey operation by Cartiera Confalone. The contract includes our most advanced technology such as TT NextPress, and a very wide scope, from the stock preparation down to two slitter rewinder lines. This is where Toscotec is able to showcase its abilities as a true specialist for turnkey solutions.” 

The award of this turnkey contract is a testament to Toscotec’s status as the leading supplier of turnkey solutions in the tissue market.

About Cartiera Confalone

With origins dating back to 1800, when a paper mill was opened in Maiori for the production of handmade paper, Cartiera Confalone produced flattened and creped paper until its conversion into tissue paper in the 1970s. It is a family-run business focusing on the production of toilet paper, kitchen roll, napkins and jumbo rolls of various width. Cartiera Confalone’s products are distributed throughout Italy, in particular in the centre and in the south of Italy, with a turnover that in recent years has seen a significant increase both in Northern Italy, in the U.E. and extra U.E..

www.confalone.it

For further information, please contact:

Riccardo Gennai, Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division, riccardo.gennai@toscotec.com

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