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Lucart fired up an AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine and a TT WIND-H slitter rewinder supplied by Toscotec at its Porcari mill, Lucca, Italy.
The AHEAD-2.0S machine has a paper width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, with a production of 125 t/d. It features a shoe press TT NextPress, a second-generation TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer, gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH hoods, and a new pope reel, which preserves the sheet bulk through the accurate control of the jumbo roll winding pressure. The machine is also equipped with the dust and mist removal systems. In accordance with Lucart’s high standards of bulk and softness, the forming section of the AHEAD-2.0S machine is designed for future integration of TT S-Crescent technology.
The TT WIND-H slitter rewinder features a web tensioning control, an automatic tail feeding system and a core winding assist system.
The scope of supply also includes the erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance and personnel training programs.
This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who has been awarded a number of contracts by the Lucart Group since 2008, both in Italy and in France.
“Lucart is a strategic partner”, says Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager for Europe, “we have been working on gaining and maintaining their trust for over 10 years, on a range of rebuild projects in Italy and in France. The start-up of this first complete tissue line is a significant accomplishment. It strengthens our mutual long-standing cooperation, and Toscotec’s leading position in the Italian market.”
Elena Troia, Toscotec’s Tissue Division Project Manager, adds, “Lucart’s technical team helped us working out the best solutions tailored to their need. We worked together to achieve this ambitious goal. The shoe press, paired with the new pope reel design and the future integration of the S-Crescent, contribute all together to the increase of the paper bulk and the achievement of excellent paper quality.”
Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart, states, “Our sustained growth is driven by careful investments. We set the highest standards for our suppliers when it comes to environmental protection. We selected Toscotec for the expansion of our Porcari production base, because over the past 10 years we learned from direct experience that their technology gives us a real energy-efficiency advantage. Another important consideration for this choice was tissue quality. This line will be dedicated to premium products, with higher bulk and superior hand feel.”
Lucart has voluntarily undergone an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the AHEAD-2.0S project, in order to improve the environmental performance of this new production line that replaced an existing MG paper machine. Toscotec has recently proved a strong commitment to its environmental performance, as in 2018 they renewed their ISO 14001 certificate and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration for the twelfth consecutive year.
Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of tissue products for daily use (toilet, kitchen, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs etc.), airlaid products, and MG paper 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 is 395,000 tonnes/year of paper on 12 continuous machines and 65 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover will amount to more than €450 million, with more than 1,500 employees in 10 production plants (five in Italy, one in France, one in Hungary and three in Spain) and a Logistics Centre in Italy.
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On November 19th Vinda Personal Care (China) Limited started up two Toscotec supplied AHEAD-2.0M tissue machines in Xiaogan city, Hubei, China. With the start-up of these production lines, Vinda inaugurates its second production base in Xiaogan, located in the vicinity of its existing mill.
Both AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second generation large diameter TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and the energy-efficient TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). This new configuration will grant additional improvements of the finished product’s quality in terms of softness and basis weight uniformity, and an additional reduction of steam consumption. The two AHEAD-2.0M machines will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons.
Anna Wang, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vinda International Holdings says, “This is what we count on when we work with Toscotec, our long-term partner: a successful start-up, on time and on budget. Vinda Personal Care (China) is a very strategic production base for the Group, we are investing on its operations and therefore we expect efficient performances and very low consumptions on these new Toscotec’s lines.”
Stefano Raffaelli, Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager, comments, “We achieved an important objective today. At Vinda’s new Xiaogan mill, we started up the first two of Toscotec’s machines with advanced technological features in China. We also delivered on the mill’s requirement to start up both machines at the same time, thanks to the great coordination of Toscotec’s and Vinda’s teams during the entire installation and commissioning period. We continuously support Vinda’s growth with our most advanced technology. We are currently installing another two tissue machines at Xiaogan mill that will feature significant upgrades both in the forming and pope reel sections.”
Toscotec is installing other two tissue lines at Vinda Personal Care (China), scheduled for start-up over the next few months.
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Following a major rebuild of the dryer section supplied by Toscotec with the installation of TT SteelDryers, Cascades Packaging fired up its PM1 at Kingsey Falls mill, Canada. The machine was started up on schedule on September 23rd, with the support of Toscotec’s service engineers, who also provided the commissioning and the erection supervision onsite.
Toscotec implemented an efficient rebuild aimed to achieve the highest production increase with the lowest possible impact on the existing machine. Toscotec customized its engineering design in order to efficiently integrate its new dryer section into the existing equipment. The project was completed in record time and maintaining the overall length of the dryer section and the width of the dryers’ frame.
Mathieu Gendron, Mill Manager of Cascades Kingsey Falls, says, “Toscotec delivered the project according to the tight schedule we agreed upon. After start-up, we are seeing a promising increase in the production and we are confident that it will match the project targets”.
Fabrizio Charrier, Toscotec’s P&B Area Sales Manager, comments, “we are happy to see that the first results after start-up indicate that we will achieve the project’s target of 8% production increase. This is a very significant result, especially if you consider that the scope of the rebuilding was reduced to a minimum, in order to limit shutdown and construction costs”.
About the Cascades Group
Established in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.
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Toscotec will act as a turnkey supplier and provide a complete AHEAD-1.5S tissue production line to C.A.S. Paper Mill in Sing Buri, Thailand. The delivery is scheduled for 2019 and the start-up for the first quarter of 2020.
The turnkey supply includes the AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and steam-heated hybrid hoods TT Milltech-HYH. The paper width is 2,850 mm, the maximum operating speed is 1,850 m/min, with a daily production of over 90 tons.
Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and the Quality Control System (QCS), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems, an offline shaft puller and a jumbo roll wrapping system. A tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M is also part of the supply, along with its complete electrification & control system, and dust removal system. It features three unwind stands and it handles parent rolls of 3,000 mm diameter, with a design speed of 1,700 m/min.
The scope also includes the stock preparation equipment and accessories, the patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), and a fiber recovery system.
Toscotec will supply the tissue machine’s erection, and the supervision of erection, commissioning and start-up. As part of the service packages, the Italian manufacturer will also provide its new YES-CONNECT-VISION helmet camera system, which allows the mill’s maintenance technicians to connect remotely with Toscotec’s YES specialists, who guide them to solve the problem onsite.
This project follows C.A.S. Group’s plan to pursue its diversification by entering the tissue business. The Thai Group selected Toscotec to invest for the first time in the tissue industry, considering the Italian supplier’s 30-year experience in the design and management of turnkey projects, on almost 40 different plants across four continents.
Mr. Torpong Thongcharoen, Managing Director of C.A.S. Paper Mill, said: “As newcomers in the tissue business, we conducted a very thorough survey prior to the selection of the tissue machine supplier. Finally, we selected Toscotec, because they presented the most satisfactory design, in line with our requirements in the areas of available energy resources and final product range. We needed one turnkey line to produce top quality products, ranging from low basis weight to towel tissue. Toscotec offered a complete supply and the most compelling design, which was confirmed by what we saw while visiting their references in Asia”.
“We were happy to see that C.A.S. Paper Mill readily adopted the energy saving concept of our AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine. The energy saving technology at the core of this design has been successfully running in tissue mills for over a decade now, especially in Asia. TT NextPress gives the added value of the utmost flexibility, with high level of control automation for an easy regulation, and efficient maintenance” said Gabriele Martinelli, Toscotec Sales Manager Asia & Pacific.
About C.A.S. Paper Mill Co., Ltd.
C.A.S. Paper Mill Co., Ltd is part of the Charoen Aksorn Holding Group (C.A.S. Group). Established in 1963, C.A.S. group is a well-known paper trading company in Thailand. In 2013, the Group acquired a newsprint mill which had been operating since 1994, from Norske Skog (Thailand), and is now known as C.A.S. Paper Mill. C.A.S. Paper Mill operates Singburi mill, a pulp and paper mill in Sing Buri, Thailand.
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Toscotec announced that it has been awarded a landmark contract by the Marutomi Group to supply two MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines. The machines will be installed at Marutomi Paper’s mill and at Ono Paper’s mill in Fuji city, Shizuoka, Japan, and are scheduled for start-up respectively in the first and second half of 2019. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, who supplied a Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-12FT to Marutomi Paper in 2013, to replace an old cast iron Yankee.
Toscotec will provide two MODULO-PLUS ES (Energy Saving) tissue machines, featuring a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, steam-heated hoods TT Milltech-DYH, and the shoe press TT NextPress. Each of the MODULO-PLUS ES machines has a sheet width of 2,850 mm, an operating speed of 1,500 m/min, and an annual production of over 22,000 tons.
The scope is the same for both machines and comprises Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) system, a pope reel automatic shaft return system, an in-line shaft puller and the tissue machine’s dust and mist removal systems. Toscotec will supply its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS, which was developed specifically for these projects on a Mitsubishi platform, in cooperation with the Japanese Corporation. The production lines’ detailed engineering, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance complete the supply.
Mr. Takeo Sano, President of Marutomi Paper Co., Ltd., says, “We have been running a TT SYD for four years now and are very impressed with its performance. We immediately thought of Toscotec when we approved this new major investment project. Over the past few years we got to know the company, its people and services and we trusted in their technical expertise and vast experience. We have very high expectations in terms of both product quality and energy efficiency”.
“With this new order of two complete tissue production lines, we aim to strengthen our cooperation with the Marutomi Group and become a strategic partner for their expansion. We married the same philosophy of resource and environmental protection and I believe that they will be satisfied with the energy saving results of our MODULO-PLUS ES line. In recent years, we supplied three TT SYD to Japan and we are happy to get such a positive feedback from this demanding market” comments Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.
The supply of these two important projects is being supported by Kobayashi Engineering Works, Ltd.
About Marutomi Paper Co., Ltd. and Ono Paper Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1955, Marutomi Paper is one of the main tissue producers in Japan, and acquired Ono Paper in 2006. 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%.
Toscotec will provide a complete plant with two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines on a full turnkey basis to Sofidel America’s integrated plant (paper mill and converting) in Inola, Oklahoma, the second greenfield investment of the Group in the United States. The start-up is scheduled for the last quarter of 2019 for PM1 and for the first quarter of 2020 for PM2.
The supply includes two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines, equipped with second generation TT SYD and gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH Duosystem Hoods, with a high level of energy recovery. Each AHEAD-2.0L machine features a sheet trim of 5,500 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min and is designed for an annual production capacity of over 80,000 tons.
The supply also comprises the stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) ensuring increased operation efficiency, the Distribution Control System (DCS) and Quality Control System (QCS) and the dust and mist removal systems.
The project’s turnkey scope includes the boiler plant, the compressed air station, the bridge crane, the shaft puller, the roll handling and wrapping systems, the chemical preparation system, the hall ventilation system and the water treatment system (Fresh Water Treatment Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant).
Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering according to US codes and standards, the construction management, the plant and the machine erection, commissioning and start-up supervision and training programs.
The two tissue lines are dedicated to the production of toilet paper and towels and will process 100% pre-dried virgin pulp.
Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, states: "Toscotec’s tissue lines represent an important part of our expansion plan in the US, one of the most important markets for our Group. A key technology investment for our new, integrated plant in Inola to serve the South-Central and Central-Western United States. We opted for one of the most advanced and energy-efficient technology, to help pursuing our penetration in the American market and sustaining the high quality of our products."
The construction of the plant – that will combine sustainability and technological innovation – started in March 2018 and will be completed by mid-2020. Once fully operational, the new facility will employ 300 full-time workers. Since the beginning of the expansion to the United States in 2012, Sofidel has now operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Sofidel is a family-run company owned by Stefani and Lazzareschi families, and is the second biggest player in Europe today, and the sixth worldwide in tissue paper manufacturing, with net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017).
"We are honoured to have been selected for such an important investment by Sofidel. And even more so, this project represents the joint effort of two Lucca-based Italian companies who set out to succeed in the USA. I know that we have already achieved important synergies and I firmly believe that working together for a shared expansion target will lead to a successful outcome," says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.
The Sofidel Group
The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,724 million Euros (2017) / 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.
Sofidel America is a subsidiary of the Sofidel Group. It was established in 2012 through the acquisition of the Cellynne tissue company which was founded in 1988 with two converting plants in Green Bay (Wisconsin) and Henderson (Nevada), and one integrated plant in Haines City (Florida). The company is now active in seven states – the original three already listed, as well as Oklahoma (Tulsa), Mississippi (Hattiesburg), Ohio (Circleville) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) where the company has its American headquarters. Furthermore, a new integrated plant is currently under construction in Oklahoma (Inola).
Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik AG & Co KG selected Toscotec to rebuild the dryer section of PM6 at Nettingsdorf mill in Austria. Nettingsdorfer Papierfabrik is a member of Smurfit Kappa Group and one of the largest European sites of the company. The mill is one of the leading producer of containerboard in Europe. The paper machine 6 produces Kraftliner with 7.4 m reel trim and 1100 mpm speed.
The rebuild of the dryer section of PM6 is part of the Future Energy Plant Project. This forward-looking project has the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes (= 2/3 of the current emissions).
With this rebuild, Toscotec breaks new ground and takes it to the next level, by supplying a new dryer section for a large-format paper machine.
Smurfit Kappa has decided to install 5 TT SteelDryers (3 additional and out of the 63 existing dryers 2 will be replaced), as the best technical solution to achieve its production and efficiency increase targets. The TT SteelDryers will be designed for a steam pressure of 12 barg. The supply is on a turnkey basis, including erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.
The rebuild is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.
About Smurfit Kappa Group
Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 46,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. SK is located in 22 countries in Europe and 13 in the Americas and is the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.
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Toscotec signed an agency agreement for both its Tissue and Paper & Board divisions with Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies, S.A.E. to increase its sales in the Egyptian market, where it recently landed a number of P&B rebuilding orders.
Toscotec entrusted Sameh Habib, founder and owner of Chemitex-Egypt, with the agency. Habib has fifteen years of sales experience in the tissue and paper industries in Egypt.
Following the deal with Toscotec, Habib said, “The Egyptian paper and tissue market has a high growth potential. Toscotec’s technology fits very well in this market for its strong focus on customization and flexibility, paired with energy reduction.Building on our customer portfolio and the relationships of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation we established, we expect to see promising results in the coming years”.
S.TO.R.I., owned by the Toscotec Group, specializes in maintenance services for all minor and major rolls used in papermaking and converting machinery of the tissue and paper industry. In 2017, S.TO.R.I. set a record for turnover in its forty-five year history. This positive performance derives from the strategic synergies achieved with Toscotec, who acquired 100% of S.TO.R.I.’s shares in December 2011. In the period from 2012 to 2017, S.TO.R.I. sustained a 30% growth rate and interim results in 2018 have been confirming this trend, leading to expectations that it will outperform last year’s achievements.
Since 2012, S.TO.R.I. and Toscotec have deepened their long-standing cooperation. By merging S.TO.R.I.’s specialization in rolls maintenance with Toscotec’s engineering capabilities, they accomplished full integration of expertise and higher efficiency in the design and services of roll refurbishing. S.TO.R.I.’s workshop and offices are located inside Toscotec’s headquarters, in Marlia (Lucca).
S.TO.R.I.’s professional experience was built over forty-six years, starting from its foundation in 1972, when it started providing maintenance for papermaking and converting machines. S.TO.R.I. focuses on the inspection, repair and overhaul of not only press rolls but all other rolls, such as forming roll, wire and felt rolls, pope reel drum, and spools. Its mission is to deliver highly specialized services on a continuous basis. The timing becomes important insomuch as customers aim to increase their OEE and reduce maintenance costs.
S.TO.R.I.’s specialists make a precise assessment of the wear conditions of a roll and evaluate its expected performance and risk of failure, so that overhauling can be scheduled efficiently, maximising operation life and minimizing maintenance costs. The majority of S.TO.R.I.’s customers nowadays rely on predictive maintenance. Through regular vibration analyses, S.TO.R.I. estimates the performance trend of a given roll and the possibility of failure. Based on these results, it predicts the period before the next maintenance. This assessment is always a balance of different factors. Drawing on their vast experience, S.TO.R.I.’s specialists can provide the customer with a number of solutions, factoring in time, quality and cost. Based on the contingent needs of the mill, they apply the best-customized solution at a given moment in time. As a result, S.TO.R.I.’s skilled technicians know the components inside out, including their history, weak points and features, much like a doctor knows his patients.
S.TO.R.I.’s range of highly specialized services include predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance, press roll revision and complete overhauling, dynamic balancing, upgrades and non-destructive examinations (NDE). For press roll overhauling, for instance, the company provides complete service packages, including inspection, repairs and spare parts.
Production capacity exceeds 450 components per year, of which suction press rolls and blind drilled press rolls account for approximately 40%, while the rest is made up of various rolls of tissue, paper and converting machines.
S.TO.R.I.’s client base is twofold. Toscotec-associated business accounts for approximately 20% of turnover and covers Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America and South-East Asia. Italy-based paper mills and converting companies generate approximately 80% of turnover. Essity, Smurfit Kappa, Lucart, Sofidel, Wepa, Cartiere Carrara, Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti, Industrie Cartarie Pieretti, DS Smith, Renova, The Navigator Company are among its main customers. To this second client base, Stori provides maintenance for equipment supplied by any manufacturer. As a result, S.TO.R.I.’s expertise and experience encompasses a wide range of technical solutions designed throughout the years by all the main suppliers and it equips S.TO.R.I.’s experts with the ability to devise tailor-made upgrades for its customers.
Toscotec has revealed plans to expand its tissue and paper & board businesses in Brazil. Toscotec announced that Ricardo Domingues has joined the group as Sales Manager of the Brazilian market, both for tissue and paper & board.
Toscotec is set to consolidate its market position with the support of Domingues, who brings over 20 years of experience in the tissue and paper industry in Brazil.
Thanks to Domingues’ international expertise in design, sales and services, Toscotec is taking a new step in growing its customer base in Brazil.