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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:13

Ricardo Domingues joins Toscotec.

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.

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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.

Iggesund Paperboard, which is part of the Holmen Group, has the two most valuable paperboard brands in Europe. That’s the conclusion of a brand survey done by the analyst firm Opticom International Research.  Over 200 converters – companies that process paperboard into finished packaging – rank Invercote and Incada from Iggesund at the very top.

The survey encompasses converters in Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands in the packaging segments: pharmaceuticals & health care products, cosmetics & beauty, chocolate & confectionery, dry foodstuffs, frozen & chilled foods, and wines & spirits. The study has been done every second year since 2004 and Iggesund’s brands have consistently placed at the top.

“Every time we place highest in this survey we get confirmation that both our paperboard families offer what the market wants,” comments a satisfied Kenneth Nysten, Sales and Marketing Director at Iggesund. “Of course, it is particularly pleasing that the survey participants are converters, who make their living from transforming this white and lightweight paperboard into functional and elegant packaging.”

The Origin Box is made of three kinds of paper material, of which two, Invercote and Incada, are made by Iggesund Paperboard. Converter was Du Caju Printing & Packaging, Belgium.The Origin Box is made of three kinds of paper material, of which two, Invercote and Incada, are made by Iggesund Paperboard. Converter was Du Caju Printing & Packaging, Belgium.

The survey also concludes that high quality and sustainability characteristics are becoming more and more important as selection criteria. Converters also have high expectations on properties such as printability, runnability in the conversion process, and folding properties – all of which both Invercote and Incada achieve with ease.

Iggesund and Stora Enso are perceived as leading the paperboard market with regard to sustainability, even though the majority of the respondents do not see any clear leader within the industry.

“The converters’ opinion, not least the fact that they single out runnability and product quality, reinforces our view that we are heading in the right direction. Their appreciation of our sustainability work is also important and a strong argument in favour of our products,” Nysten concludes.

Europe’s most valuable paperboard brands according to the survey:

1.      Invercote (Iggesund)

2.      Incada (Iggesund)

3.      Tambrite (Stora Enso)

4.      Ensocoat (Stora Enso)

5.      Performa (Stora Enso)

6.      BillerudKorsnäs (BillerudKorsnäs)

7.      CKB (Stora Enso) NEW 2018

8.      MetsäBoard Pro (Metsä Board) NEW 2018

9.       Alaska Plus (International Paper)

10.  MetsäBoard Classic (Metsä Board) NEW 2018

11.  MetsäBoard Prime (Metsä Board) NEW 2018

On July 27, Hygienic Tissue Mills started up a Toscotec-supplied TT WIND-P tissue rewinder at its Pietermaritzburg mill, in eastern South Africa. This is a repeated order for Toscotec, following the supply of a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine, PM2, in 2017. The TT WIND-P slitter rewinder serves PM2, processing 100% virgin pulp and recycled paper parent rolls.

The TT WIND-P slitter rewinder features 2 unwind stands and handles parent rolls of 2750 mm sheet trim and 2500 mm diameter, with a design speed of 1500 mpm. The pneumatically loaded slitting system has a minimum width of 150 mm. Toscotec supplied the complete electrification and control system, and the sectional drive system. The scope of supply also included the erection supervision, commissioning, start-up assistance, and on-site training.

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Toscotec Start-up & Service Engineer David Ponte commented, “It was one of the fastest commissioning I have seen for a rewinder. The TT WIND reached its maximum speed in record time with a final product that was already sellable. Thanks to the great cooperation of Hygienic Tissue’s team, we completed fine tuning in two days with the machine running at top speed”.

Hygienic Tissue CEO Ashraf Jooma said, “On the day of start-up, we reached the maximum speed in a few hours. On this rewinder, we expect to get the same efficiency that we have on the MODULO-PLUS machine. High efficiency and consumption reduction are our priorities, and we are happy with the results we are getting in both areas”.

Matteo Giorgio Marrano, Toscotec Area Sales Manager said: “the TT WIND-P rewinder completed the scope of supply of a MODULO-PLUS tissue line that has been running efficiently for nearly one year and a half. This is a new achievement for Toscotec in the South African market, which has been growing steadily in the last few years. Hygienic Tissue’s strong focus on energy savings matches our mission of tailoring the design of high performing tissue machines to the mill’s specific working conditions, in order to optimize energy usage. The good performance of the slitter rewinder goes into this direction”.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:24

A.Celli Safety Upgrade: safety first!

The best choice to manage the adaptation and compliance of industrial machinery or plants.

The A.Celli Group has always retained technological developments and the safety aspects of machines to be its key growth factors. The Group’s approach to occupational safety is a foundational theme for the company, and the high number of plants sold throughout the world in relationship with a practically inexistent history of accidents on the job is the most evident proof of this philosophy.

Today, the complexity of industrial systems requires increasingly attentive consideration of the theme of safety. Preventing accidents on the job is not a calculation based on a single machine but an outcome of the management logic adopted throughout the production process.

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And in addition to the normal risk factor, unpleasant unexpected events can arise from deficiencies at the operating phase, lack of clarity in procedures, negligence by operators or human errors. Without forgetting that year after year, international norms and directives to regulate the issue abound.

For this reason, A.Celli offers its customers the complete solution for plant modification, repair, verification and/or compliance.

The service offered includes:

  • Analyses surveys and assessment of customer demands
  • Engineering study on components sizing and on plant design with reference to binding norms in the country in question.
  • Project management, document handling and issuing of certifications.
  • Installation, commissioning and start-up
  • Software modification and updating of electrical and pneumatic diagrams.
  • Review of manuals and layout of new safety devices.
  • 24/7 technical support hotline
  • 12-month warranty from the date of completion of the modifications.

The best choice to manage the adaptation and compliance of industrial machinery or plants.
So what are you waiting for?

Contact A.Celli Customer Service (m.nottoli@acelli.it) for a quick consultancy or a dedicated case study.

On August 1st 2018, twenty-five new trainees launched their professional career at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg. Among them are eleven paper technologists, six machine and plant operators, two industrial clerks, three industrial mechanics, two electronics technicians and one electronic for automation technology.

Our new apprentices at the Bielefeld millOur new apprentices at the Bielefeld mill

An exciting time awaits the new apprentices (15 at the Bielefeld plant and 10 at the Flensburg plant) with many new experiences over the next few years: whether it will be on the large paper machines, the ultra-modern coating machines or in the management and distribution of the globally acting manufacturer of coated specialty papers.

Our new apprentices at the Flensburg millOur new apprentices at the Flensburg mill

For Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the training of young people has always been a high priority. "Competitive production and worldwide sales of our high-quality specialty papers is only possible with well-trained specialists" says Andreas Born, Head of Training in Bielefeld. “And we are pleased to provide this training in-house!”

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has just announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with ND Paper LLC, a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited ("Nine Dragons"), for the sale of its Fairmont, West Virginia, recycled bleached kraft pulp mill, for $55 million plus certain elements of working capital, payable in cash.

abiti122011Nine Dragons is primarily engaged in the production and sale of a broad variety of packaging paperboard products, including linerboard, high-performance corrugating medium, coated duplex board, as well as recycled printing and writing paper and specialty paper.  In addition to nine paper mills operating in Asia, Nine Dragons, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ND Paper, also operates two U.S.-based facilities in Wisconsin and Maine.

ND Paper has agreed to offer employment to Fairmont mill employees, effective upon closing of the transaction, which is expected within the next two months.   

"We are proud of the progress we have made together with the mill employees over the years to improve the Fairmont operation," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "We are pleased that the local community and broader region of the state will continue to benefit from the economic and social impact of the mill's operation."

"Proceeds from this asset sale will enable us to further increase liquidity, and continue to improve our balance sheet and financial flexibility," added Laflamme. "Over the coming days, we will communicate with our customers to discuss the transition of supply as we seek to optimize our recycled bleached kraft pulp business at our Menominee, Michigan facility."

BMO Capital Markets is acting as Resolute's financial advisor on the transaction. Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Jackson Kelly PLLC are acting as Resolute's legal counsels.

Commemorating the Largest Business Development Project in Brown County History

Just two months after announcing plans to replace its current, 71-year-old Green Bay Paper Mill, leaders from Green Bay Packaging Inc. formally broke ground on constructing the first new paper mill in the State of Wisconsin in over 30 years. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, City of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined the company to mark the beginning of the largest business development project in the history of Brown County, Wisconsin.
 
2018 09 04 091532“We are proud to officially begin construction of our new, state-of-the-art paper mill in the city where our company was founded over 85 years ago,” said Green Bay Packaging President and CEO Will Kress. “This new facility is the result of the continued hard work and success of our dedicated employees and loyal customers.”
 
The $500-plus million investment will have a profound positive impact on Northeast Wisconsin’s economy and the environment. “The new Green Bay Mill will preserve more than 1,100 Green Bay Packaging jobs across Brown County, position the company to grow its local workforce, significantly increase our production and product quality capabilities, and benefit the entire regional supply chain, all while operating as one of the most environmentally sustainable paper mills in the world,” added Matt Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations.
 
Green Bay Packaging is not only furthering its commitment to Northeast Wisconsin by making this long-term investment in Green Bay, but by also partnering with local companies to design and construct the facility and install its equipment.
 
Neenah-based Miron Construction has been selected as the general contractor to construct the new mill. The design and construction of the mill will create 1,000 additional construction jobs and require approximately 1.5 million labor hours. Green Bay Packaging has also contracted with Voith, whose North American headquarters is in Appleton, to install a new paper machine showcasing cutting edge technology and to serve as the single full line supplier for all corresponding papermaking equipment.
 
“The deep and talented workforce that Northeast Wisconsin offers across the skilled trades made it an easy decision to partner with local companies to construct this historic project. Our goal throughout this process was to make the best decision for not only Green Bay Packaging, but for Brown County and the entire State of Wisconsin. We wanted to make it clear that Green Bay Packaging is here to stay,” said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President of Green Bay Packaging. 

The new Green Bay Mill is expected to be fully operational in the spring of 2021. The current mill will continue to operate at full capacity throughout the entire construction process.

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd has successfully started up a new tissue line, jointly delivered by Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki Co., Ltd., at the company's new production facility in Fuji, Japan. The inauguration ceremony was held during summer and the line is now in full operation producing tissue products for the Japanese consumer market.

The project has been very successful and the cooperation between Valmet, Kawanoe Zoki and Crecia-Kasuga has been smooth and efficient.

"We at Valmet appreciate the fruitful cooperation between the three companies. This is the first tissue machine equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press in Japan. Just like in all previous installations over the world, the result has been excellent in terms of product quality and energy efficiency," says Ingmar Andersson, VP Asia Pacific Sales, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

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"We are very impressed about the new tissue machine which combines the latest technology with joint know-how of three companies. It started successfully on schedule and the performance exceeds our expectations. We appreciate the support from Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki," says Mr. Hirofumi Narita, President, Crecia-Kasuga.

"It is a great pleasure to contribute to the introduction of the latest tissue machine technology in the Japanese market. The Advantage DCT equipped with an Advantage ViscoNip press provides a unique value-adding performance," Mr. Takahiro Shinohara, Executive Managing Director, Kawanoe Zoki, adds.

Valmet's delivery included an Advantage DCT 135HS machine with Valmet's key technologies OptiFlo Headbox, Advantage ViscoNip press, AirCap hood and steel Yankee dryer. Manufacturing of other equipment, site assembly and installation services were performed by Kawanoe Zoki. The new line has an annual production capacity of 36,000 tonnes.

Information about the customer

Crecia-Kasuga Co., Ltd. is a joint venture for household paper products established 2017 by Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Ltd and Kasuga Paper Industry Co., Ltd. By effectively utilizing the premises and facilities at Nippon Paper Industrie's Fuji mill they will produce tissue products sold by Nippon Paper Crecia and Kasuga Paper Industry respectively.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:03

John Holton joins Toscotec North America.

Toscotec North America, Inc. Green Bay, WI and Toscotec S.p.A. Lucca, Italy announced that John Holton has joined the group as Technical Support and Service Coordinator for North America.

logo optHolton comes to Toscotec with over 30 years of Tissue Industry experience and will assist Toscotec’s growing customer base in North America.

Holton is a 30 Year TAPPI Member active at the Committee Level and past presenter and contributor to Tissue World Exhibitions in both the US and Europe.

Toscotec will supply a new MODULO-PLUS tissue line to Celupaper S.A. of the leading South American group Grupo Vual, based in Argentina. The MODULO-PLUS machine - PM5 - is scheduled for delivery in autumn 2019 and it will be installed at Papelera Nicaragua mill.

The MODULO-PLUS has a daily production of 65 tpd and is equipped with TT SuctionPressRoll, TT SYD-3200MM and TT Milltech-MGYH Multigen hoods. The scope of supply also includes the approach flow system, the steam and condensate system and the machine and distribution control system.

PM5 is the fourth repeated order awarded by Celupaper to Toscotec in 4 years. The Italian manufacturer had previously supplied a major rebuild on PM2 in 2015, then a MODULO machine - PM3 - in 2016 and finally PM4, a MODULO-PLUS line, which started up in mid-July 2018.

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Toscotec’s Area Sales Manager Gabriele Romanini said, “The fact that Celupaper chose to work again with us on their PM5 project is an exciting challenge to exceed their expectations on productivity and energy reduction. Our TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package, in combination with our Multigen Hood in cogeneration mode, is the core of this effort. We are currently working on the engineering, where the design of our system will integrate into the mill’s cogeneration plant with a gas turbine. Back in 2011, our Energy and Environment department won the PPI Efficiency Improvements of the Year Award with the Spanish producer L.C. Paper 1881 SA, for the effective integration of the tissue machine’s hood system with the cogeneration facility. Drawing on that experience, we expect to achieve substantial energy recovery and very interesting cuts on the machine operating costs”.

Mario Speranza, CEO of Celupaper S.A. commented on the order, “We invest in leading-edge technology to step up our growth in the high-quality tissue market in South America. Toscotec’s tailor-made design has once again provided us with the flexibility and competitive advantage we need to succeed. We knew that Toscotec had significant experience with cogeneration plants and therefore we have great expectations for the performance and consumption of PM5”.

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