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feature | GORHAM P&T 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 exceeding expectations KEN PATRICK 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 and Ultra." 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. 10 Tissue360º SPRING/SUMMER 2014 Mike Cummings, CEO, Gorham Paper and Tissue 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. www.tappi.org http://www.tappi.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2014

Automatic Handling International, Inc.
Goldenrod Corp.
Cascade Corporation
Tissue Industry News
Spraying Systems Co
Success in New Hampshire: Gorham P&T Optimizes New Tissue Machine Production to Premium Quality
OpTest Equipment. Inc.
Are We Running Out of Recycled Fiber?
Heuchling Group
Improve the Effectiveness of Your Steam Showers
M Torres
Mechadyne Machine, Inc
Myron L Company

Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2014