Ghost, Smoothie, Ex-press by Engraving Solutions: new embossing lines that meet actual market requirements
Engraving Solutions, a leader in the production of embossing rolls for the tissue industry and part of the Tissue Business Area of the Körber AG Group, has presented at Paper One Show held in Beirut on January 28-30, 2019, the latest products in the field of embossing: innovative and highly competitive products that meet the actual needs of the market.
Ghost is designed to satisfy the current trend in the tissue market, i.e. premiumisation, namely the tendency among purchasers to buy higher-end products at higher prices.
“Ghost – Giacomo Bianchi, Product Engineer of Engraving Solutions states – is the new generation of embossing obtained by combining, for the first time ever, two different micro-embossing techniques – chemical and mechanical – thereby bringing together the benefits of each one. This innovative technology, unique to this market, results in a product that is more pleasing to the touch compared to the traditionally embossed one. Ghost is ideal for all high-yield products with refined embossing but is at the same time resistant, bulky and featuring excellent softness, independently from the number of plies and for every product type: toilette paper, kitchen towel and away from home segments”.
The name Ghost evokes the special shape of the points similar to a ‘ghost sheet’. Actually, the profiles of the engravings have been softened, and therefore act with less cutting aggressiveness on the paper. This allows to reduce the strength loss that usually occurs during embossing when traditional rhomboid points are used.
Ex-press is a technology that allows to obtain double-colour products using embossing alone. By simply adding coloured water to the pre-embossing station, on first pass the ply is decorated with one colour, and when it is passed through the second embosser using coloured glue, the final product is featured with 2 different colours providing a stunning aesthetic effect.
The last novelty presented by Engraving Solutions is Smoothie, the embossing system specifically designed for entry-level products that is capable of making the paper smoother and softer to the touch. This helps improve products made using traditional or recycled and unstructured paper, featuring low weight and low quantities of long fiber paper that usually is less appealing to the consumer.
With a single pass, the ply is embossed on the side portions, with or without the use of glue, and calendered on the central portion. All this is obtained using a single embossing station
instead of requiring a pair of rolls or a machine dedicated to the calendering of the entire ply.
The final result is a roll that is smooth on most of its surface and aesthetically pleasing thanks to the application of (coloured or non-coloured) decorations. A small retribution for entry-level products that have always privileged price and convenience over aesthetics and quality.
“In Beirut, in addition to the request for new technologies – comments Giacomo Bianchi – clients showed renewed interest in Pixel, Octopus and 4D, the exclusive embossing
technologies launched by our company in recent years and that today represent the premium segment for many tissue paper manufacturers”.