Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2018 - 39
Gomà-Camps Creates an Edge,
Again and Again
Guided by the 10th generation, driven by the 11th
In the arid, mountainous region
of La Riba, Tarragona, Spain, tissue making is going strong at Gomà-Camps Group,
whose origins date back 11 generations. Often
against the odds, this independent producer
continues to find competitive advantages over
multi-national brands. Flexibility to continuously innovate and improve sustainability is
Beginning in 1758 as a manufacturer of
deckle-edged paper for official documents,
they evolved to become a cigarette paper
producer about a century later. Then GomàCamps became a brown paper producer until
1950. That's when its single-ply smooth and
crinkle toilet paper business started.
In the late 1990s another major step forward included stock preparation from Kadant,
followed by a crescent former for recycling
grades, and another for virgin fiber installed
in 2006. Many incremental updates to stock
preparation and the two tissue machines have
continued over the past 10 years, as they have
driven each machine to produce value added
grades. One change has been to divide production by basis weight, not by recycled or virgin
furnish. Just a few years ago, it invested heavily
in a new 20,000-m2 converting facility nearby.
Its greenfield 34,000-metric tpy tissue
machine close to Zaragoza, starting up in
early 2018, will increase total tissue production
capacity to above 90,000 metric tpy. Referred
to as TM 7, with a trim width of 2,800 mm and
a design speed of 2,000 m/min, this machine
will be consumer focused as opposed to
"With a foundation built upon heritage, our
workforce and our customers, we are always
innovating, especially when it comes to quality, efficiency, the environment, and new
products," says Jordi Gomà-Camps Travé,
site manager at La Riba.
"Gomà-Camps soft tissue brands, designer
napkins, tablecloths, and other specialty
Pau Valencia (left), deinking line leader, and Jordi Gomà-Camps Travé , site manager, pictured behind
a Kadant Boostek unit. Energy savings, higher fiber yield, an increase in production, and a decrease in
rejects are the new normal. Pioneering commitment and willingness to adapt has resulted in rapid payback.
Customer interaction is a strategic focus for Laia Gomà-Camps (left), business development manager. The
team goes out to hotels, restaurants and other facilities to see what works and what needs to be changed.
products characterize our strong market positions in Iberia, Southern Europe, and Africa.
Essential to our gains are the way we run our
processes, continuously raising the bar for
quality, efficiency, and sustainability.
"Strategic suppliers are critical to our
advances," adds Gomà-Camps Travé. "We like
being first, and are willing to take chances. We
are a magnet for innovation for this reason."
He then adds, "Kadant had a novel idea: to
enhance fiber yield and quality while lowering energy costs. After a short trial period,
results looked promising. Some small changes
were made, but first results were impressive.
Tissue360º SPRING/SUMMER 2018