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Entry submission for TWM Mill Awards 2019 is now open!

Tissue World magazine Mill Awards 2019 – the premier awards celebrating excellence in the tissue industry – is now open for entry submission. An initiative by Tissue World magazine, the awards have honoured tissue manufacturers with proven track records in sustainability initiatives and out-of-the-box marketing campaigns for three years. The award...

Metsä Tissue SVP Juha Tilli leaves company

Metsä Tissue has announced that Juha Tilli, its former senior vice president, AfH, has decided to leave the company. Tilli has held the role since 2016. Jani Sillanpää has been appointed as interim senior vice president, business unit AfH Metsä Tissue. Currently Sillanpää is in charge of the AfH sales and is located in Mariestad, Sweden. He will be part of...

Bashundhara Paper Mills boosts capacity

India’s Bashundhara Paper Mills has started-up its Andritz-supplied turnkey PrimeLineCOMPACT VI tissue production line at its site in Bangladesh. It has a design speed of 2,100m/min and a paper width of 2.85m and produces tissue for high-quality facial wipes, toilet paper, and napkins. The 16ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee is made entirely of steel, which the...

APP Indonesia boosts capacity with four TM start-ups

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has started production on the remaining four of its eight Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0L PRODERGY tissue machines. Based at its OKI mill, South Sumatra, the four lines started production ahead of schedule – in just 60 days – between 14 August and 14 October 2018. They are part of a contract with the supplier that has now seen...

Buckman announces price hike

Buckman has announced a global price increase for its paper division. The company said the increases are “being driven by rising raw materials, constraints from supply chain tightness and growing challenges associated with freight costs”. The price increases will be effective 1 January 2019, or as contracts allow. The expected increases across each product...

Suzano Pulp and Paper merges with Fibria

Suzano Pulp and Paper has gained approval from the European Commission to merge with Brazilian eucalyptus pulp producer Fibria. The combination of the two companies will be concluded on 14 January 2019. The restructuring will create Brazil’s fourth most valuable company (excluding financial institutions). Chief executive Walter Schalka said: “We will combine...

Toilet paper was a luxury on Haiti when Glory Industries began its niche mission for hygiene… and 80% of the market

A new era of enterprise has started for one industry on the Caribbean republic eight years after a devastating earthquake caused major damage and killed up to 160,000. Long supplied exclusively by multinational brand imports, founder and director general Myrtha Vilbon plans ambitious expansion… and eventually exports. She talked to TWM. TWM/1: What led you...

‘We are at a very dynamic moment in the tissue industry’

TWM asks leading figures across tissue’s global supply chain for their retrospectives on 2018 and prospectives for 2019. Here they analyse key issues … raw material costs, integration, overcapacity, automation, E-commerce, sustainability, regional political and military conflicts, technology, restructuring by the big groups, eucalyptus, protectionism,...

Metsä Fibre’s most recent ambitious development project aims to increase its competences in the field of tissue-grade pulps. A TWM report.

The Northern softwood pulp supplied by Metsä Fibre in its Botnia-branded products are used as raw material for a range of fibre-based paper and board products, and products based on refined wood-based biochemical. For tissue producers, their requirements for raw material generally include excellent softness and high tensile strength. Depending on the end...

Driving home the message – products from sustainable forests do make sense for consumers and the environment

In October, Södra was awarded the “Best Sustainable Project/Social Category” at the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award. The award acknowledged the pulp supplier’s “Act of a hero” marketing campaign, which encourages the conscious consumption of products that originate from sustainable forest. Here, Södra elaborates on the reasons for its...

TISSUE MARKET ANALYSIS 2018

By Knut Omholt, Södra’s market research manager There are now several events within the pulp and paper business that are influencing the softwood pulp market globally and in Europe specifically. Firstly, we have the situation in China where political decisions have greatly influenced the market balance for all pulps both in China and Europe. Secondly, a...

High quality NBSK for premium tissue

By Paul Bicho, Ph.D., manager, optimisation and innovation, Canfor Pulp Innovation The makers of premium bathroom and facial tissue strive to maximise softness and bulk while maintaining tensile strength to ensure runnability and a high converting efficiency, all while meeting a final quality target. Bulk and softness start with a good furnish, which is...

Pulp: signs that prices are finally levelling

Pulp price is the single most important driver of tissue profitability. Currently at a record high, analysts point towards a temporarily more static market, and even a modest decrease. Report for TWM by Pirkko Petäjä, principal, Pöyry Management Consulting. Pulp prices have been at a record high for a lengthy period Market pulp prices have continuously...

“ Give me quality over price any day … I think people get too caught up in the race to the bottom and price being a driver, if that was always the case no one would ever buy an iPhone… the lack of innovation has made tissue too focused on price and I want to disrupt that.”

Julie Chen and Chris Forbes are the founders of The Cheeky Panda, the multi-award winning UK based and global supplying sustainable bamboo tissue manufacturer. Here, Chris discusses their own retail  references that convinced them to launch the business. TWM/1: How did the idea for The Cheeky Pandas come about? “The Cheeky Panda was an idea in 2015 by my...

Thriving against a price war, an overcrowded market… and Trump

With two paper machine start-ups planned for next year pushing total output to 140,000tpy, Hebei Jinboshi Group will prioritise product quality and variety, expand sales channels and develop markets with low price sensitivity. Zhang Junqing, president, Hebei Jinboshi Group, spoke to TWM Senior Editor Helen Morris. TWM/1: Describe your tissue business “We...

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