Tissue360 - Fall/Winter 2017 - 6
The Building Boom Continues
It seems not a day has gone by recently without
a new tissue project being announced, and it spans
the globe, from Europe to Asia to Africa to North and
As I write this, I am reading about Canadian-based
Irving Consumer Products making a move into the heart
of Dixie with a new $400-million plant and TAD machine
to be installed in Georgia for a 2019 startup.
The Navigator Company, formerly Portucel Soporcel,
will install a new Voith machine at the Cacia mill in
Portugal with startup scheduled for next year.
Some recent projects have already been completed and
you can hear about them at Tissue2017 in Miami October
3-6. See elsewhere in this issue for full details about the
program, registration, and accommodation. This is the
first joint effort between RISI and TAPPI and brings
together the technical and business sides of the sector.
One of these projects is Universal Paper in South
Africa. Jonathan Sher, one of the principals of Universal
Paper Manufacturers, will discuss this greenfield tissue mill project and the growing market in that part
of the world.
From Argentina, Maximio Gagliardi, president,
Papelera San Andrés de Giles, will detail his company's
recent work and the market outlook in South America.
Sahil Tak, vice president of ST Tissue, featured in
these pages last issue, will talk about the prospects of
the smaller companies entering the sector and trends in
the Away from Home (AfH) market that ST Tissue serves.
This is but a small sampling of the information available in Miami. Check out the full program in this issue
on pages 36-39.
On the topic of conferences, look for the early preview of It's Tissue, the Italian event that comes around
June 25-29, 2018, in Lucca in beautiful Tuscany. Twelve
partners, some of whom are competitors, organize a
conference with a real difference. Participants travel
around the region visiting the facilities of the partners
and see commercial-scale equipment being made or
GRAEME RODDEN, Editor
KEN PATRICK, Editor Emeritus
LARRY N. MONTAGUE, President & CEO, TAPPI
JAN BOTTIGLIERI, Editorial Director, Paper360°
MONICA SHAW, Editorial Director, TAPPI Journal
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tested. Delegates from at least 70 countries are expected
at this, the third iteration, of the event.
MORE AND MORE INTERPLAY
During the huge Tissue World conference, held in Milan
earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak with
Stefano Di Santo, CEO of Fabio Perini. We discussed the
increasing interplay between suppliers, producers and
customers. As the old story says: No man is an island.
The customers and the customers' customers are ever
more knowledgeable about what they want and they
will seldom settle for less. It's why the tissue sector is so
different and why some, notably the bigger brand name
tissue product makers, see themselves not as part of the
mainstream forest products industry, but as part of the
rapidly moving (and changing) consumer goods sector.
But, as Di Stefano exclaimed, "We live on that."
Suppliers seem to be eager to meet the challenge of the
market as that helps to ensure their competitiveness
Andritz has just completed the building of a new pilot
plant in Graz, Austria. The facility houses a pilot machine
that can have eight configurations for producing tissue.
The full interview with Di Stefano as well as a detailed
look at the new Graz facility can also be found in
And for those with a technical bent, there is a comprehensive article about yankee dryer shell thickness
measurement techniques as well as a feature describing
a novel method to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from
a tissue machine.
At press time, the new Cascades converting center in
Scappoose, OR, had just opened. Next issue, we'll have
a full feature devoted to the new facility and Cascades'
development plans as it heads west.
I hope to see you in Miami in October.
PROJECT SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Deb Churchill Basso