Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2014 - (Page 10)
SUCCESS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Gorham P&T Optimizes New Tissue
Machine Production to Premium Quality
A year past startup and in its optimization phase, No. 6 machine is
When Gorham Paper and Tissue,
Gorham, NH, USA, started up its No. 6 ABK
tissue machine in October 2012, nobody knew
for certain what the final product quality
would be. But today, more than a year past
the startup curve and well into the optimization phase, the machine, a joint venture
project with Gorham's sister operation Old
Town Fuel & Fiber in Old Town, Maine, is
producing Premium quality parent rolls,
"knocking on the door of Ultra-premium,"
Mike Cummings, CEO, says, smiling.
"We assess the tissue market in four layers. Starting at the bottom is Economy rolls
that simply state "toilet paper" on the wrapper. Next is the Value segment, then Premium
and Ultra-premium. Based on feedback we
get from the market, we are now clearly in
the Premium sector," Cummings explains.
"When we started up," he adds, "we did sell
to customers in the Value sector (e.g., supermarket private labels), but our quality level
has risen quickly to Premium. In fact, several
trials we ran this past month enhanced softness and bulk, pushing our tissue into the
Ultra-premium sector, which is mainly the
TAD and TAD-like domain. Our aspiration
is to be in that borderline between Premium
Patriarch Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that owns both the Gorham
mill and Old Town Fuel & Fiber, named the
joint venture No. 6 machine White Mountain
Tissue after the mountain range in New
Hampshire and western Maine where it is
located. No. 6 is a dry crepe crescent former
The new No. 6 tissue machine has a crescent former-based wet end.
Mike Cummings, CEO,
Gorham Paper and
with a 15-ft.-dia. yankee dryer, producing
some 36,000 tpy of 100 percent virgin fiber
tissue aimed mainly at the at-home bath
tissue market, although the machine also
produces a small amount (5-10 percent) of
toweling for the kitchen towel market.
The mill uses about a 70/30 mix of virgin hardwood and softwood fiber as furnish
for the new No. 6 machine. Some 80 percent of the NBHK fiber comes from its Old
Town partner pulp mill, with the remainder being purchased primarily from "North
Country" regional producers. The 30 percent NBSK faction is also purchased from
the regional market.
The 15-ft.-dia yankee dryer has an
MDS hood system.
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