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How to handle the risk factor linked to the unstable cost of traditional raw materials by using alternative fibers capable of guaranteeing the same results in terms of quality.

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At the dawn of paper production and before the invention of the mechanical and chemical pulping processes in the 19th century, paper was produced using fibers from numerous materials, such as mulberry tree bark, rags, cotton, hemp and linen. Nowadays, with the exclusion of secondary fibers, the paper production process involves the use of a mix of two main types of fibers:

  • Softwood, or long fiber
  • Hardwood, or short fiber

Long fibers obtained from slow-growing conifers such as pine, are used to impart strength to paper, while the short fibers obtained from broad-leaved trees such as birches, acacias or eucalyptus are responsible for the bulk and softness.
As regards the current pulp market, it is dominated by few producers and the price of raw materials is very unstable. This is a significant risk factor for the profitability of paper mills which, combined with the growing attention towards the sustainability of production processes and resources used, leads producers to consider alternative raw materials...(Click the banner below to download the full case study!)

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Henan Xinya orders two new A.Celli E-WIND® P100 paper rewinders for the Xianxing plant.

Given the excellent results obtained thanks to the solutions provided by A.Celli since 2005, including the E-WIND® P100 paper rewinder ordered in 2018, Henan Xinya New Tech Materials Co.,Ltd. will again turn to A.Celli rewinding solutions.

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The new supply requested by the Chinese group for their mill located in Xianxing City, Henan Province, includes two E-WIND® P100 paper rewinders, designed to process white coated paper with a web width of 5720 mm at a design speed of 2500 m/min. This will be accompanied by the related installation and commissioning services.

We are extremely proud of Henan Xinya's confidence in A.Celli technology and we look forward to strengthening our partnership for years to come.


Henan Xinya was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading paper companies in Henan Province, with an annual paper production capacity of 800,000 tons and total business assets of 3.66 billion yuan. Henan Xinya was ranked 22nd among the companies of the pulp and paper industry in China.

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The bulk is an important characteristic for many types of paper, capable of determining the softness of the papers for hygienic-sanitary use or the dimensional stability of the paper sold in sheets. In these cases, where it is essential to implement a correct and effective pressing process, our SMARNIP® mini shoe press is the ideal solution to optimize the dryness and mechanical properties of the paper.

The shoe press is a Beloit invention dating back to the 1980s aimed at the production of packaging paper. It is an extended nip press (ENP) where a concave stationary shoe, opposed to a cylinder, is used to substantially expand the nip, thus allowing the application of a high linear load while keeping the specific pressure low.

Since the first installations, it was possible to highlight advantages in terms of sheet drying compared to traditional cylinder presses, guaranteeing excellent results in terms of increased production and energy savings. The interest aroused by this innovation has led to the application of the concept also in the production of graphic papers, but we had to wait until 2003 to have a shoe press specifically designed for applications where paper bulk was a priority.

It was in that year that PMT, a company part of the A.Celli Group since 2020, patented the SMARNIP® mini shoe press. Let's see the characteristics of this solution in detail.

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Why PMT developed the SMARNIP® mini shoe press

The experience deriving from applications in production lines of graphic papers and papers with specific bulk needs has led to the conclusion that, for these products, the "standard" load exerted by a conventional shoe press (about 1,000 kN/m) is excessive.

Furthermore, even the size of this shoe press itself is disproportionate to the real needs, for which a smaller and more manageable solution is sufficient also from the point of view of the overall dimensions.

The installation of a conventional shoe press also requires significant interventions on the paper machine and, often, on its surroundings, such as the strengthening of the overhead crane and the reinforcement of civil structures, with an increase in installation costs and a reduction of the profitability of the investment.

To overcome these limitations and find an appropriate balance between the desired degree of dryness and the qualitative properties of the paper, we have developed and patented the SMARNIP® mini shoe press.

The characteristics of the SMARNIP®

The SMARNIP® is a relatively compact and light solution, with diameter from 700 mm to 1000 mm, shoe width from 70 mm to 125 mm and overall dimensions similar to a variable-crown roll.

Our mini shoe press is capable of exerting a linear load from 100 to 700 kN/m and has the same characteristics as a conventional shoe press, i.e. a pivoting concave shoe loaded by two rows of transverse pistons and a commercial polyurethane sleeve.

The aforementioned loading system gives the SMARNIP® an operational flexibility such as to guarantee an optimal ratio between dryness and bulk. Furthermore, the distribution of the hydraulic pressure applied to the pistons can be easily set while the machine is running to facilitate optimization even in the event of frequent production changes.

SMARNIP® advantages

The numerous references and the positive experiences accumulated have shown that our SMARNIP® mini shoe press is able to increase dryness up to 2% more than a roll press with the same bulk (this result can obviously vary based on the composition of the mixture of the specific case).

Considering the advantages obtained also in relation to the small dimensions of our solution, it is often interesting to consider the installation of two SMARNIP® in the same press section. This possibility opens the way to a completely new approach in evaluating the possible investments to be made in the press section itself.

The installation of the SMARNIP® is particularly recommended for paper machines of limited width and, in general, for the production of all types of paper in which a high bulk is sought

Among the many advantages we can mention:

  • Increase in production, thanks to an increase in the degree of dryness and a consequent reduction in the evaporation load on the dryer
  • Greater efficiency of the paper machine, as it is possible to obtain a drier, more resistant sheet
  • Greater bulk
  • Better control of paper smoothness, both in absolute terms and relative terms (between the two sides of the paper)
  • Easy installation, thanks to the limited dimensions
  • Less interventions on the building due to the reduced weight of our mini shoe press
  • Interchangeability with conventional cylinder, unlike a traditional shoe press which has a greater distance between bearings than roll presses

Ultimately, the SMARNIP® embodies all the advantages of the shoe press while preserving the simplicity and compactness of traditional presses.

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Sonoco continues its investment plan to strengthen uncoated recycled paperboard mill system in U.S. and Canada.

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, recently announced a significant investment to strengthen its Uncoated Recycled Paperboard (URB) mill system in the U.S., transforming its Hartsville, S.C., corrugated medium machine into a state-of-the-art URB machine.

As part of their investment, Sonoco chose A.Celli Paper for the supply of two new E-WIND® P100 paper rewinders and an R-WAY® automated material handling and packaging system

E-WIND® P100/P100H paper rewinders can be supplied at widths up to 8.4 m (330”), design speeds up to 2600 mpm (8500 fpm) and for basis weights up to 700 gsm (150 lbs/sq ft). 

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The comprehensive A.Celli R-WAY® integrated solution will provide extreme flexibility and productivity both in the handling and packaging of multiple products and in the style of packaging. 

A.Celli’s fully automated AGV (automatic guided vehicle) system will allow for significantly reduced labor, increased workplace safety and reduced damage to both products and mill site structures. In particular, a fleet of four vehicles will automatically manage the transport of the parent rolls from the paper machine to the rewinders, as well as the handling of finished reels to the warehouse.

"We are eager to see the results of this partnership. We are confident in the superior quality of the technological solutions offered by A.Celli in the field of winding, reel handling and packaging,” said Tim Davis, vice president and general manager of Sonoco


Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of consumer, industrial, healthcare and protective packaging. With annual net sales of approximately $5.2 billion, the Company has 19,000 employees working in approximately 300 plants in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 nations. The Company was listed as one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 as well as being included in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third year in a row.

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The Indonesian paper mill and manufacturing company chooses A.Celli for the end line of their new packaging paper production line to be installed in the Mojokerto paper mill.

PT Mega Surya Eratama and A.Celli signed a contract for the supply of full-optional end line solutions for the packaging paper production line located in Mojokerto, Indonesia.

The PM2 line in object will produce an average of 1,360 tonnes per day of testliner and medium corrugated with a width of 6,700 mm and basis weight ranging from 90 to 180 gsm, thus making it the most advanced and productive line in the country for this type of products.

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A.Celli supply will include a PMT-designed pope reel, capable of processing rolls with a diameter equal to 4400 mm at a design speed of 1350 m/min, and our acclaimed E-WIND® P100 in the full-optional configuration.

Specifically, the paper rewinder, which will process reels at a design speed of 2600 m/min, will be equipped with an in-line unwinder and four in-line reel parking stations, an automatic spool parking, a web-in Slittomatic system for the automatic positioning of the slitting units and, finally, tail and core gluing systems.

The considerable diameter and width of the Jumbo rolls to be processed make this production line, whose start-up is scheduled for 2023, a unique project of which A.Celli is proud to be part.

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A.Celli Paper appoints new Plant Director

A.Celli welcomes Daniel Galli, new Plant Director of the A.Celli Paper plant in Tassignano (LU).

The commercial, technological and organizational developments that have characterized the last few years of A.Celli Paper see the addition of a new, fundamental piece for future growth.

Daniel Galli, graduated in chemical engineering from the University of Pisa, has a solid background in the Lean Six Sigma methodology and many years of experience as Operations and Plant Director for numerous companies operating in various industrial sectors.

Daniel Galli, new Plant Director of the A.Celli Paper plant in Tassignano (LU).Daniel Galli, new Plant Director of the A.Celli Paper plant in Tassignano (LU).

Among his professional experiences, we point out the profitable and long-lasting period in force of a well-known multinational in the Oil & Gas sector, which has seen him cover various roles, including that of CEO. Last but not least, the role of Plant Director held for a famous luxury brand, for which he followed the start-up of the first production plant in the province of Florence.

Regarding his new role, Daniel Galli states: “I am honored to cover the role of Plant Director for A.Celli Paper and equally happy to be part of a solid, valid industrial company involved in a highly motivating market. I cannot wait to make the most of the skills and strengths acquired during my career to support my new colleagues and contribute to the development and growth of A.Celli. "

We therefore want to take this opportunity to offer Daniel our best wishes, confident that his professionalism and experience will allow A.Celli Paper to increase its success in the years to come.

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Tissue papers are usually intended for the hygienic-sanitary market and, precisely for this reason, their most requested characteristics are softness and bulkiness. However, there are other important properties that depend, above all, on the type of fibers used and their processing.

In the production of Tissue we use short and long fibers: the former confer qualities such as softness and silkiness, while the latter reinforce and give strength to the structure of the web. The technological level of both the machinery and the process used for the production of Tissue papers also have a great impact on the final quality of the product. In short, with the right raw materials and chemical additives, combined with dedicated cutting-edge machinery, it is possible to produce a perfect Tissue paper for top-of-the-range hygienic products.

So let's see in detail what are the five main and essential properties that quality Tissue must possess.

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The bulkiness is defined as the volume occupied by a given weight of paper. This is an important property, as it is closely correlated with absorbency and softness, and is mainly determined by two factors: the production technologies and the quality of the fibers used.

To obtain a high bulkiness in the production phase it is possible to use advanced technologies such as, for example, the Through-Air Drying process (or TAD), in which the wet pressing phase is reduced to minimum in favor of the drying operations that take place in the dryer section of the paper machine. In addition to production technology, other factors determining bulkiness are the use of lower pressure in the press nips, less intensive refining of the fibers and the creping of the paper.

As regards the type of fibers to be used, to obtain a high bulk it is recommended to prefer high-yield cellulose pulps, rigid and less subject to collapse thanks to the higher lignin content and lower porosity.


Absorbency is a fundamental property for any Tissue product dedicated to drying liquids. The sheet must therefore have both a high absorption speed, in order to effectively carry out its drying action, and a high liquid-holding capacity, to remove as much liquid as possible. Absorbency is given by the type of fiber used, the refining operations, the creping performed, the layers present in the final product and the additives used.


The Tissue paper sheet, in its life cycle, is subjected to significant stresses during production operations, in the converting phase and, finally, during use by the consumer. Hence the need to obtain a sheet with an adequate level of strength, given by the combination of three factors:

  • strength and arrangement of fibers in the sheet;
  • level of molecular bond between the fibers themselves;
  • presence of strength additives.

Specifically, the first two factors depend on the process variables and the type of raw material used, while the use of additives is a widespread practice to add further strength to the fibers.

Wet Strength

Some Tissue products, such as kitchen paper, must be resistant even when wet, and this characteristic depends on the level of molecular bond between the fibers they are made of. In order to maintain the wet strength of these products as much as possible, additives can be used to supplement or replace the hydrogen bond of the fibers. In this way, it is possible to ensure that the Tissue paper maintains up to 50% of its dry strength when wet


Softness, while still being a subjective measure based on individual perceptions, is a very important requirement and sought after by consumers, especially as regards products dedicated to the hygienic-sanitary or personal care markets. Furthermore, the perception of softness does not depend only on touch, but also on sound and visual perceptions such as color (the degree of whiteness) and noise at the moment of tearing.

Softness is usually divided into surface softness, related to the velvet-like feeling to the touch, and bulk softness, which is an indication of the ease with which the paper yields when crumbled.

How to maintain the 5 properties of Tissue at the end-of-line thanks to A.Celli solutions

These five qualities, obtained during the production process of the paper sheet, must also be preserved in the subsequent phases, from the winding of the Jumbo rolls up to the shipment of the final reels to the converter. This is why A.Celli offers its customers a wide choice of winders, unwinders and rewinders of the E-WIND® range able to adapt to any production requirement in terms of speed, width and weight, with specific focus on bulky Tissue paper characterized by high crepe ratios.

Would you like to know more? Download our free content “How to manage soft Nonwoven and bulky Tissue paper”!

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The Tissue line supplied by A.Celli Paper produced its first Jumbo roll in December 2021 with full satisfaction of the customer.

A.Celli Paper successfully started up in December 2021 the turnkey Tissue plant supplied to Partex Star Group.

The line, installed for the production of bulky and soft Tissue with high levels of absorbency, includes a low-consumption complete stock preparation from 100% pure cellulose pulp, the “Control and Automation System”, the ancillary services and the field equipment.

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The scope also includes a new iDEAL® Tissue machine with a width of 2800mm at the pope reel and a maximum operating speed of 1800 m/min, a 15-foot forged steel Yankee Dryer, an E-WIND® T100 three-ply Tissue slitter rewinder and, finally, a reel handling system.

Mr. Shamsul Arefin Chowdhury, collaborator of A.Celli Group, says, “It was extremely satisfying to produce the first Jumbo Roll with A.Celli Tissue machine. We at Partex Tissue Ltd. would like to thank A.Celli for the state-of-the-art technology and services they provided us with, which allowed for a wonderful start up without any sheet breaking. All of this was possible despite the COVID 19 pandemic situation and the consequent limitations.”


Partex Star Group is one of the largest Bangladeshi private sector enterprises. The Group, the then Partex Group, started its journey in 1962 thanks to Mr. M.A. Hashem and currently owns and operates more than twenty-five manufacturing, service and trading companies. The goal of the group is to offer the best value to its customers through its products and services for the consumer durable and FMCG markets.

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The Greek converter continues its expansion in the tissue paper industry and signs a contract with A.Celli Paper for the supply of a new turnkey production line.

A.Celli Paper will supply a complete turnkey solution for the production of tissue paper, from stock preparation up to the handling of the finished reels, to the European brand Intertrade Hellas S.A., the leading converter of base paper and sanitary tissue products in the Greek Market.

The turnkey line starts with specifically designed solutions for the preparation of stock from virgin fiber, which will take into account the specific customer needs in terms of layout, quality and throughput.

The Tissue machine included in the supply, the A.Celli iDEAL® Master 2000L, represents the most advanced and efficient solution through which A.Celli Paper underlines its role as a cutting-edge partner in the industry. This tissue machine features a web width of 5600 mm, a design speed of 2100 m/min and a working speed of 2000 m/min, all this to reach a production capacity of 244 tpd (20 gsm) or 221 tpd (16 gsm). The first-rate performance provided by the A.Celli line will ensure the desired increase in the production level and the improvement of the quality of the finished product.

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Another key factor that led Intertade Hellas S.A. to choose A.Celli Paper was our capability to provide the Greek converter with a double format 16” Forged Yankee Dryer with a total width of 6085 mm.
Thanks to this technology, it is possible to substantially reduce the thermal energy requirement while maintaining the high drying capacity and ease of maintenance typical of this solution.

A.Celli will also provide Intertrade Hellas with:

  • A latest generation three-ply E-WIND® T200 slitter rewinder with a width of 5600 mm and a speed of 1800 m/min
  • A top-notch R-WAY® reel handling system, consisting of conveyor belt, wrapper, up-ender and labeling system.
  • Our renowned DCS control system and the innovative, Industry 4.0-ready automation platform capable of integrating the various systems implemented in the production plant.

Finally, the supply will include a wide range of services provided by the engineers of A.Celli Paper’s technical office: a group of experts with proven years of experience in the industry.

The machines have been pre-assembled at our headquarters located in Lucca, Italy, while the start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. A.Celli Paper is proud to offer our customer a leap forward in quality, aiming for important and ambitious production milestones.

"We are very excited working together with A. Celli for this turn key project. The new Tissue Machine, thanks to its efficiency and reliability, will be able to supply the Greek market with the highest quality of tissue. At last Greece will produce its own paper and, after many years, the country will become self-sufficient. It is indeed a historic moment, and we are very proud of it" says Ioannis Delidimos, CEO of Intertrade Hellas S.A.

“This investment boasts an important technological and strategic value. It’s a top-notch project carried out with a perfect partner: Intertrade Hellas. This is a state of the art, double width Tissue production line designed from the very beginning with sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and lower energy consumption in mind. A.Celli is fully committed to supply high value solutions to its customers" says Alessandro Celli, member of the A.Celli Paper Board of Directors.

ntertrade Hellas S.A. - Company Profile

Intertrade Hellas S.A., founded in 1992, started its activity with the production of paper products. Its current focus is the design and manufacturing of products synonymous with top quality and of high added value for both the consumer and the professional, all at a very competitive price. Over the past decade the company, which owns three factories in Acharnes and Metamorfosi and one factory in Inofyta, Viotia, has expanded its activities, strengthened its specialization in paper processing, invested in R&D and created new series of innovative products.

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The paper rewinders will be installed downstream of the PM4 and PM5 dedicated to the production of special decorative paper, both located in Weifang City.

A.Celli is honoured to announce that Century Sunshine Paper Group Ltd has chosen to rely on A.Celli Paper’s technology by signing the contract for the supply of four E-WIND® P100 for its PM4 and PM5 lines located in Weifang City, in the Shandong province.

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The new Paper Rewinders, scheduled for delivery in mid-2022, will be used to process Jumbo rolls of Special Decorative Paper with a maximum width of 3910 mm and basis weight ranging from 50 to 150 gsm, all at a design speed of 2300 mpm.

Finally, A.Celli supply will include two shuttles for the transferral of the Jumbo rolls between different production lines.

Mr. Ci Xiaolei, Century Sunshine Paper Group Chief Engineer, says “We are very happy to have chosen A.Celli Paper’s solutions. Their machinery is top-notch and, specifically, the iDEAL® P100 are the paper rewinders we were looking for to ensure maximum productivity and the best product quality. We hope this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership between our two realities”


Shandong Century Sunshine Paper Group Company Ltd., founded in late 2000 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange market in 2007, is one of the top 15 paper manufacturers in China and among the top 100 paper manufacturers in the world. With total assets of RMB 10 billion, 4,000 employees, 15 branches and a total paper production capacity of 1.5 million tons per year, combined with an unique positioning and differentiation strategy, Sunshine Paper is currently at the forefront of the Chinese papermaking industry.

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