China’s economic slowdown and new green regime is rippling across the world

More than 1,000 smaller pulp and paper mills have closed in China in five years, and more are set to follow. Simon Creasey assesses how these seismic changes will affect the West. The recent economic slowdown in China has hit a number of relatively nascent industry sectors hard. One sector that’s been particularly badly affected is the pulp and paper...

Industry 4.0 is underway… We look forward to Industry 5.0

TWM goes beyond the fourth industrial revolution in this edition. Our contributors focus on the many advances which are already well established in tissue production and, to use a phrase by one of them, look at the predictable benefits which ‘early adapters’ of the latest technology are likely to reap in the era of the fifth industrial revolution.What...

Tissue takes on the looming issue of rapid decline in P&W

Costs concern as the supply and use of printing and writing papers – the primary source of recycled fibre for tissue/towel production – is declining rapidly as the digital world takes over. Bill Moore, president, Moore & Associates, addresses the key issues. Although the global use of recycled fibre use as a percentage of tissue/towel mill...

Smart factory robotics and automation has come to the rescue

Early adopters are reaping the rewards now. In a world where speed to market is critical, future advances in AI will only further strengthen the technical leaders. By Paul W. Hill, business development manager, Reko Automation Division. To meet the increasing labour challenges within the manufacturing landscape of the CPG tissue industry, some early...

DISTRIBUTION SPECIAL: TISSUE DELIVERY TRENDS

Access to information the key to optimal supply chains DELIVERY TRENDSThere are a few trends that can be identified in the internal supply chain and delivery related matters. An important trend is the customer centricity. Customer requirements determine the developments in the deliveries from tissue company’s mills, warehouses and distribution centres...

LOGISTICS IS ENTERING A NEW AGE OF EFFICIENCY – BY DESIGN AND NECESSITY

Vittorio Cavirani, general manager, Elettric80, discusses harnessing the virtues of speed, accuracy, safety and traceability through E2E integration of Smart SW solutions. A TWM report. For years, businesses have worked to improve the efficiency of theirproduction lines. Today, with the advent of the fourth industrialrevolution, attention is...

Fourstones boosts capacity with TM investment

Scotland’s Fourstones Group is understood to have invested in a new tissue machine at its Sapphire mill. According to reports, the line has been supplied by China’s Weifang Hicredit Machinery. It has a trim width of 2.75m, a design speed of 1,800m/min and a capacity of 80 metric tpd. It is scheduled to be delivered in September 2019. In addition...

WEPA applies to take over Arjowiggins’ Greenfield plant

Germany’s anti-trust authority the Bundeskartellamt has given its approval for a possible takeover of Arjowiggins’ French Greenfield de-inked pulp mill by German tissue producer WEPA. According to reports, the company has submitted an application to the Bundeskartellamt for the takeover. The site can produce up to 150,000tpy of deinked recycled...

Cascades to close two Canadian-based tissue PMs

Cascades has said it will close two of its tissue paper machines located in Whitby and Scarborough, Ontario . The end date of the production remains to be determined. In total, the sites produce 44,000 tonnes of tissue paper annually and employ 68 workers. Jean Jobin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Tissue Group, said of the two paper...

Cascades announces results; reports “difficult industry-wide market dynamics” for tissue

Cascades has reported a sales increase up 2% to $1,196m for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $1,175m in the third quarter of 2018. This is an increase of 11% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. For the whole of 2018, it reported sales of $4,649m compared to $4,321m in 2017, an increase of 8%. Mario Plourde, president and chief executive,...

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