On Sunday, 1 October 2017, the new Universal Paper Machine TM5 reached its first milestone of 10 000 tons of paper produced. The significant milestone was reached within 7 months after the plant was commissioned. This would not have been possible without the continued collaboration between the PMP team and UPM stakeholders.
The project of a turn-key green field tissue mill was designed and delivered by PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) and started-up successfully on the 19th February 2017 at UPM’s Ga-Rankuwa mill in South Africa.
The goal of the new tissue line, TM5, was to double the annual capacity of UPM and to widen its product portfolio adding ultra-premium tissue products. The investment in tissue production was a logical step in the development of Universal Papers business, which started a new era not only for the company, but also for whole country’s tissue market. Today “Gold Eagle” is first new state-of-the-art tissue machine installed in South Africa in the last 20 years and at the same time it is the fastest tissue machine in the whole country!
Universal Paper Manufacturers (UPM) – is one of Universal Paper’s business units and is the sister company to Universal paper & Plastics (UPP). Both companies are still family owned. UPP was established by the Sher family in 1950 and has operated successfully for over 67 years. The company started as a manufacturer of various paper and plastic products, and has grown significantly since inception. However, during this time, its direction has changed – with the discontinuation of product lines in the plastics industry, while continuing to supply the tissue paper industry. The company has vertically integrated, by manufacturing raw materials within the inks and paper industry. Today, the focus is on high quality printed serviettes and napkins, bathroom tissue, household towels and hankies. (learn more: www.upap.co.za)
PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. Company with headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland, owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). (learn more: www.pmpgroup.com)