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The Lucca-based Lucart Group strengthens its presence in the tissue market.

Focusing even more on the tissue market: this is the goal of Lucart, leading producer in Europe of MG paper, tissue and airlaid products. Lucart Group is replacing one of the two MG paper PMs installed in 1976 at its Porcari plant in the province of Lucca with a new line manufactured by Toscotec, a multinational company leader in the supply of papermaking plants, machinery and technology. 

The new AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine is equipped with the most innovative technological solutions.

The forming section is designed for the future installation of a new system aimed to increase the dry content and thickness of the finished product. The dry section includes the TT DOES solution with the shoe press TT NextPress , a TT SYD-16FT second-generation steel Yankee dryer and high-efficiency hoods that guarantee high quality paper with the lowest possible energy consumption.

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The pope reel section, with the new TT REEL-H+, is designed to maintain the characteristics  of the sheet, thanks to the use of the core assist drive on the primary and secondary arms. Thanks to this new system by Toscotec, reel change takes place at the maximum operating speed and at full format.

To ensure that the work environment of this new machine complies with the latest regulations, the PM will be equipped with mist and dust suction systems.

The scope of supply includes the new automatic rewinder equipped with 3 unwinding stations, the maximum operating speed is 2,000 mpm, with technology aimed at preserving paper thickness during reel winding.

Installation will be finalized in the second semester of 2018. Toscotec’s YES – Your Expert Service – service division will provide supervision for erection, start-up and training of the paper mill’s personnel.

The line will produce high quality tissue paper starting both from pure cellulose and recycled paper. The  operating speed is 2000 mpm and the total production is approximately 35,000 tpy.

PM3 will continue the production of all types of MG paper for flexible packaging. PM3 will undergo technical improvement interventions to ensure the highest production quality .

“This important investment”, explains Massimo Pasquini, Lucart CEO , “allows us to strengthen our presence in the tissue market. Indeed, we believe that the growth of the company in the market of paper for hygienic-sanitary use in Europe is strategic, and the new PM will foster the development of all the Business Units of our Group. We are pleased to look at the world without forgetting our origins; for this reason, installing cutting-edge technology at our historical Porcari mill, in the province of Lucca, should be seen as a message of trust towards Italy as a whole. Working with a partner like Toscotec was a very positive experience for us and we hope that this collaboration will continue in the future”.  

“Once again, our innovative technology allows us to respond in a timely manner to the needs of our customers”, stated Alessandro Mennucci, Toscotec CEO . “We are pleased to be able to support Lucart in this new growth project in the tissue market. For us, standing by their side represents an important reference and a further spur for the development of new solutions for an increasingly demanding market.”

Lucart

Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of MG paper, tissue products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, etc.) and airlaid products, was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area). Lucart's production capacity exceeds 300,000 tpy of paper on 10 paper machines and 58 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €400 million, with over 1,300 employees in seven production plants (five in Italy, one in France and one in Hungary).

For further information, visit the website www.lucartgroup.com

Toscotec

Toscotec is a turnkey projects supplier to the global paper industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects and individual machineries. The Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, relying on the experience gained in over 60 years of activity.

For further information, visit the website www.toscotec.com

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Lucart has recently started up a new tissue rewinder TT WIND-P supplied by the Italian machinery producer Toscotec at their facility in Laval sur Vologne – France.

The tissue rewinder model TT WIND-P features 2 unwind stands and handles parent rolls of 2900 mm width and 2600 mm diameter at the maximum speed of 1400 mpm. Toscotec’s machinery is equipped with a slitting unit of 150 mm min width, automatic control of all unwinding and rewinding operations and sectional drive system.

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This turnkey project includes Toscotec’s proprietary automation and control system. This recently developed system is integrated into Toscotec’s rewinder technology and guarantees a significant increase in efficiency and productivity. Supervision during erection, commissioning and start-up was performed by Toscotec’s Service division YES – Your Expert Service.

The new "state-of-the-art" rewinder serves the PM9 tissue machine and represents another important collaboration between Lucart and Toscotec after the rebuilding of PM10 in late 2016.

Lucart’s sas President Mr. Alessandro Pasquini declared: “Toscotec has been working with us since 2008. They have grown to become a strong partner for Lucart and we are now cooperating on a number of interesting projects. This new rewinder at Laval sur Vologne mill has been performing well and meets our expectations.” 

Lucart’s history goes back to the 1930s when the Pasquini family decided to set up a papermaking factory in Villa Basilica (Lucca). Today the Group’s total production capacity is over 300,000 tons/year with 10 paper machines and 58 converting lines.

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Xinjiang Hengan Paper’s tissue machine (PM25) was successfully started up at the company's Changji mill.

The new line is part of Hengan’s expansion plan, according to which Toscotec supplied two new MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines to the leading Chinese producer. This start-up marks a success based on the great cooperation between the two technical teams.

The installation and commissioning were performed in record time, the shortest in Hengan’s long history, and one of the most difficult ones, considering the environmental hardship of Xinjiang Autonomous Region in which the mill is located.

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The MODULO-PLUS is one Toscotec’s ES line tissue machines and it includes the TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) solution, ensuring enhanced production at low energy consumption. The line will add 25.000 tons per year of high quality tissue to Hengan’s current production.

Hengan Team would like to express its gratitude to all members of the Toscotec team. The professional skills and high dedication for work of the people involved led to the successful and very fast start up of this new machine.

"We have developed great experience in managing installations, start -up and assistance services, in close partnership with the customer. Our Company is glad to support Hengan and be part of their expansion project." says Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales director of Toscotec.

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On 14th October, after a comprehensive rebuild supplied by Toscotec, PM1 at Correll Tissue in Durban successfully started up.

2017 11 02 085241The scope of supply included a modification of the existing Fourdrinier tissue machine into a MODULO Crescent Former with a new TT Headbox-SLT. The delivery also included a rebuild of the existing approach flow system and of the felt run, as well as the YD doctoring system. In 2006 Toscotec had already supplied a new TT SYD to the mill.

The rebuild boosted the machine speed to 650 mpm, for the production of high-quality tissue mainly from waste paper, produced by the extensive printing operations of Novus Holding, one of the most technologically advanced print manufacturing operations in Africa. Complete engineering, erection, commissioning, training service and start-up assistance were also included in the order.

“We are glad to partner with such an important tissue producer. Our technology turned out to be the right solution for the customer’s need.”  said Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director of Toscotec S.p.A..
Conrad Rademeyer, Group Executive, stated: “We are now ready to deal with new market challenges and we are looking forward to achieve great and new results in terms of productivity as well as in terms of machine performance. The new machine will give us the flexibility we need to get a competitive advantage in the market.”

About Toscotec

Toscotec is a turnkey projects supplier to the global paper industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects and individual machineries. The Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, relying on the experience gained in over 60 years of activity.

For more info: www.toscotec.com

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Toscotec is pleased to announce an important expansion of the company’s structure of the Paper & Board division, with a new technical and commercial unit based in Orbassano, in the province of Turin, which fully integrates into the existing team.

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"In order to increase the outstanding results accomplished so far in the Paper industry and to achieve the goals we have set ourselves," says Enrico Fazio, Toscotec’s Paper & Board Sales Managerwe have decided to add new skills to those acquired in almost 70 years of business.

The integration of highly qualified people, with many years of experience in the paper industry, will enable us to develop new technological solutions. As a result, we will be able to get access to increasingly more challenging projects. The reinforced P & B team will allow Toscotec to respond more quickly and efficiently to the growing market demands and to guarantee improved professional services."

Since 1948, Toscotec has been designing and manufacturing machinery for the paper industry, which stand out for quality, reliability and customer service. Today, the Paper & Board division includes a dynamic and highly skilled team, who is able to combine top-of-the-range products such as steel drying cylinders, TT XPress and TT ShortFormer with innovative and high performance technology solutions, that are applied both to existing plants and to new installations.

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Only 18 years after the introduction of the first steel Yankee dryer in the market, Toscotec achieved the unheard-of result of 200 TT SYD (Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer) sold worldwide. Looking back, let us retrace the steps of this incredible journey. 

Toscotec’s TT SYD: from invention to innovation.

Building on 40 years of experience in the construction of steel cylinders, in 1999 Toscotec started designing steel Yankee dryers for the tissue industry. In 2000, it launched the world's first TT SYD. With this breakthrough,
Toscotec introduced a major change in the market, which was dominated at the time by cast iron dryers and used steel Yankees only for limited applications on tissue machines. It was the beginning of a technological revolution, which led to the supremacy of steel technology over cast iron.

Although the tissue industry criticized this new technology when Toscotec first introduced it, steel Yankee dryers are now acknowledged as the best drying technology for tissue and have been embraced by all major manufacturers. 

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Toscotec’s innovation tapped into the industry’s need for energy savings in the energy-intensive papermaking process: the use of steel instead of cast iron allowed a reduction in shell thickness that decreases thermal resistance and thus increases heat transfer. The result was higher drying capacity, achieved by increased steam condensation inside the dryer. Data obtained from steel Yankee dryer’s installations confirmed that the heat exchange coefficient and the drying capacity of steel Yankees exceed those of cast iron by more than 30%, given the same dimensions and operating pressures.  

Furthermore, Toscotec’s patent technology of head insulation guarantees a further reduction in steam energy loss, an important improvement in drying efficiency.

In October 2012, Toscotec celebrated its 100th TT SYD sold worldwide. This achievement had already proven the scale of this technological innovation and the added value of Toscotec’s design, but the Italian supplier continued pursuing its strive for innovation and launched the second generation of steel Yankee dryers in 2013. This newly improved design increased TT SYD’s grooves in length and width therefore expanding the heat transfer surface, decreased the Yankee’s shell thickness and improved its linear pressure.

In 2017, Toscotec installed the biggest steel Yankee dryer ever used on a tissue machine, TT SYD-22FT with web width 5600 mm, diameter 22 feet (6705 mm). This application represents the result of the successful combination of research, development and targeted investments.Toscotec is also the only worldwide supplier to have steel Yankee dryers running in five continents.

Toscotec’s TT SYD Technology Lab.

In December 2016, Toscotec inaugurated the TT SYD Technology Lab, a new technology centre completely dedicated to the design and manufacturing of steel Yankee dryers.

Strategically located in the province of Massa Carrara near the port, to ensure easy shipping of large diameter Yankees, this fully integrated facility operates assembly, machining and finishing of TT SYD of diameters up to 26 ft.

All new Steel Yankee Dryers in Western Europe are Toscotec-supplied.

The Italian supplier sets yet another record, an unprecedented result in the tissue industry worldwide: Toscotec supplied 100% of new steel Yankee dryers currently installed in paper mills in Western Europe. The technology-obsessed European market is testament to the undeniable advantage of TT SYD’s design.

For more than 18 years, Toscotec has been the world's undisputed leader in the supply of steel Yankee dryers, boasting a market share of over 60%.

Toscotec achieves 100 TT SYDs sold in Asia.

Toscotec’s achievement in Asia is the result of its flexibility and the capability of its R&D and Engineering departments to develop steam energy-based customized solutions. Focused on the specific requirements of this market area, Toscotec developed a new line of tissue machines and energy recovery solutions, with the lowest possible energy consumptions and the potential for future implementations to increase production. Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryer is at the core of this concept: TT SYD ensures the highest drying efficiency, hence allowing paper mills to cut their energy bill significantly.

As a result, TT SYDs sold in the Asian market exceed 100 units, including Yankee replacements and complete new plants, where they are paired with Toscotec’s Yankee hoods and recovery systems based on the available energy (steam, exhaust from cogeneration, diathermic oil).

YES YANKEE DRYERS: the TOSCOTEC INFINITELife Service for Steel Yankee Dryers.

Strong of 18 years of experience on steel Yankee dryers, Toscotec Service team offers a comprehensive package of services for TT SYD, focused on regular maintenance and periodic inspections. The former aims at maintaining optimal performance and ensure their endless life. The latter consists of structural periodic checks aimed at testing and inspecting the conditions of the Yankee’s structural welds, to satisfy requirements from insurance and local authorities. A team of highly specialized professionals also offers counselling and problem shooting on water/steam quality and treatment, sharing their experience on how to best deal with this sensitive and complex aspect of the tissue making process.

Conclusion

Looking into the future, Toscotec is developing the new Steel Yankee Dryer, which will represent another turning point in tissue manufacturing. A great challenge for a supplier with a lustrous past. With a record-breaking 200 steel Yankee dryers sold worldwide under its belt, the Italian company has proved the superiority of its state-of-the-art TT SYD technology in today’s tissue industry.

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Toscotec identified in London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ report.

2017 10 06 104425Toscotec recognised in second edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe report

Report demonstrates critical importance of high-growth private small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to future European economic growth, innovation and job creation

As one of the most advanced industries in the manufacturing and engineering sector, Toscotec talks about its history, its mission and the new challenges of its competitive market.

https://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire/2017-report-1000-companies-europe/manufacturing-engineering/toscotec

Toscotec has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe. The report is a celebration of high-growth and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across Europe.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their country peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.

About Toscotec

Since 1948 Toscotec specializes in the design and manufacturing of machines, systems and components for the Tissue and Paper & Board industries. Headquartered in Lucca, at the centre of the Italian paper district, we are a leading player on the international markets, with a strong focus on customer partnership and project customization. Building on more than 60 years of experience, we offer state-of-the-art technology and customized solutions, such as turnkey projects, complete production lines and plant retrofits, to leading paper producers around the world. Every day we work hard to gain and maintain the trust of our customers. Our R&D team strives to tackle the most challenging problems of paper mills and develop their needs into newly improved technology. Our Technical Department works out the best possible applications for their specific production conditions, with focus on energy efficiency. Our Service team works to satisfy their demands, offering remote and on-site assistance for all maintenance needs and for the good operation of their plants. Overall, we provide our customers with high standards of efficiency and a real competitive edge in the marketplace. Expertise, production excellence, respect for people and ongoing research on the best solutions, in order to anticipate needs and achieve customer satisfaction: these are our key values. Maximum production efficiency, reduced consumptions and operating costs, finished products of the highest quality and respect for the environment: these are our results. And our new point of departure.

2017 10 06 104353Alessandro Mennucci, Toscotec’s CEO stated: “know-how, production excellence, respect for people, and ongoing research into the best solutions to achieve customer satisfaction by anticipating needs.”

Toscotec’s Group CFO Davide Raviola said: “Europe is not a place for low-cost production. Its quality and innovative solutions are widely recognised, particularly in our sector.”

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “If Europe is to have a sustainable economic future, it must back its engines of economic growth and only real source of potential job-creation: its 23million SMEs. It is critical that we continue improving access and cutting the cost of finance for fast growing companies, giving them access to long-term patient equity capital to fund their enormous potential. This is an ambition we share with the EU Commission and applaud its initiative to develop deeper and more connected capital markets across the continent through the Capital Markets Union project.

“LSEG has long been committed to supporting high growth companies. Together our 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe reports, international growth market, AIM, and business support and capital raising programme, ELITE, shine a light on the fastest growing companies across the continent and their critical importance to innovation, job creation and Europe’s future economic resilience.”

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union:

"Europe needs more fast-growing and innovative companies as they are the backbone of our future economic development and job creation. This is why improving the ability of dynamic SMEs to access finance is one of my priorities. We need to make sure that our rules are proportionate and fit for purpose. We should remove barriers to cross-border provision of financing and ensure that SMEs can tap capital markets across Europe."

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com

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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 start-up according to schedule and thus increased its production capacity by 60,000 tons/year.

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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).

“I was proud to see another Toscotec’s tissue machine start up at Vinda’s mill. Under the expert operation of Vinda Zhejiang’s technicians, the new AHEAD-2.0M lines will perform to meet the customer’s expectations. We also expect to achieve yet again great results in terms of reductions of the energy cost.” said Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec’s Sales Director.

About Toscotec

Toscotec is a turnkey projects supplier to the global paper industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects and individual machineries. The Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, leveraging on the experience gained in more than 60 years of activities.      

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Paper Prime, a company belonging to the Trevipapel Group, and Toscotec announce the successful start-up of the new TM1. The installation and commissioning were performed according to the scheduled time and the start-up went very smoothly.

Toscotec’s turn-key project for TM#1 includes a stock preparation plant for dry virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-16FT, machine auxiliaries including Milltech Gas fired Hood, steam & condensate and dust removal system, electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets  & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activity. A three unwind stand rewinder TT WIND-H completes the supply.

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“This start-up is a good example of what the two teams can achieve thanks to the efficient combination of Toscotec’s latest technology and excellent team work. We finalized the installation and commissioning in time and only two weeks after start-up the new Toscotec AHEAD-2.0S has achieved the operating speed of 2,000 mpm. It has been a pleasure to be a part of PaperPrime's project and we wish them good luck for their new business." says Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director of Toscotec S.p.A.

Located in Lousã, district of Coimbra, Portugal, Trevipapel S.A also has 2 converting plants strategically located in the center of the country, where are converted 20.000 tpy, serving the internal market and exporting its Joker brand products to Spain, central Europe, Africa and South America.

About Toscotec

Toscotec is a turnkey supplier to the global tissue industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects, and individual machineries.  Headquartered in Lucca, the nerve center of the Italian paper district, with offices and service centers in China and North America, the Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, leveraging on the experience gained in more than 60 years of activities. Key to the Group’s success is the engineering and R&D department, run by a team of highly qualified engineers. Read more at www.toscotec.com

Trevipapel, S.A

Established in 1999 with the objective to convert part of the products sold by the company Socigene, Trevipapel S.A. has grown from a small private company into one of the leading manufacturer providers of professional hygiene products (AfH) in Portugal. www.trevipapel.com

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Smurfit Kappa Italia has successfully started up its PM3 at Ponte dell’Ania mill, after a dryer section rebuild supplied by Toscotec.

The scope of the delivery was an advanced mechanical transmission section in “silent drive” with a new frame on the drive side for the whole machine, the installation of uni-run vacuum rolls in the first drying battery and an automatic air paper threading system in the first two drying sections and on the size press. The modification has completely changed the dryer section layout with the relocation of fabric rolls, improving machine runnability and reducing noise and vibration.

logo optToscotec service specialists have provided the complete mechanical erection and supervision of the project and the commissioning and start up assistance for the fine-tuning of the new equipment.

“The project was completed before the date agreed upon with SK and the performance was achieved immediately after start-up. The new drive technology exceeds all our expectations with regard to downtime improvements and it allowed a considerable reduction of noise and vibration that will reduce maintenance cost” - says Massimiliano Listi, Mill Manager of Smurfit Kappa Ania.

“This project contributes to strengthening the partnership between Smurfit Kappa and Toscotec” - says Enrico Fazio, Toscotec Sales Manager – P&B division.

“It is worth mentioning that, in addition to this project, which consolidates the long-standing collaboration with Lucca-based SK Ania, in the last two years Toscotec has taken part in almost all the projects developed by Smurfit in South America (Colombia, Mexico and Argentina) and it has just begun an important cooperation with the group in France. With this important rebuild project, Toscotec consolidates its leadership in the dryer section best available technology.”.

About Smurfit Kappa Ania
Smurfit Kappa Ania is one of the main producers of recycled paper jumbo rolls in Italy.
The mill occupies an area of 100,000 sqm and employs 120 people.
The annual production is over 200,000 tpy, with 100% recycled fibers.
The mill operates two paper machines, which produce corrugated cardboard packaging in a wide range of paper grades out of recycled fibers.

About Toscotec - The flexibility and intense activity of research and development enable Toscotec to supply equipment and machinery for all the paper industry and to meet customer requirements.

Since 1948, Toscotec is a leader supplier offering proprietary solution from complete production lines to rebuilds, modernization projects and even single components.

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