In balance – WEPA Group ethos mirrors Germany’s stable tissue performance

A key ‘produce where you sell’ policy is just one of the strategies behind the consumer sector’s second largest private label manufacturer. TWM talked to Hendrik Otto, chief operating officer, WEPA Group. By Helen Morris, Senior Editor. TWM/1: What presence does the WEPA Group have in Germany?“In Germany, the WEPA Group has five locations: two in...

German consumers are eager for innovation – and are prepared to pay

Italian tissue giant Sofidel’s German sites offer a blueprint for its business strategy globally. Here, TWM meets Andreas Meyer and Domenico D’Angelo to get the latest in Europe’s most price sensitive and competitive tissue market. By Helen Morris, Senior Editor Andreas Meyer – the friendly and charismatic country operations manager of Werra...

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...

Hengan Group shuns the price war to concentrate on quality, brand and good service

Consumer demand – with ‘consumption of household paper set to increase by 6-8%’ – is shifting to medium and high-end tissue, and urbanisation is carrying products into third- and fourth-tier cities and rural markets. TWM talked to Chen Changming, paper manufacturing division general manager, Hengan Group. TWM/1: What is the current consumption growth...

“ We consider competition as a factor that grows the market, increases quality, triggers category and product development, and we try to benefit from it in all circumstances.”

Asli Bicer, marketing director at Eczacıbaşı Consumer Products, talks to TWM. TWM/1: What tissue markets do you operate in? Asli Bicer: “Eczacıbaşı Consumer Products has been at the forefront of Turkey’s tissue paper market since its establishment in 1969 as İpek Kağıt Tissue Paper. Today, we dominate Turkey’s bathroom and facial tissue,...

Co-generation – Hayat Kimya takes a big leap into the future

The largest tissue manufacturer for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa sets up a blueprint for controlling long-term energy costs at its Mersin site in southern Turkey as future expansion plans may include Asia. Report by Helen Morris, Senior Editor, Tissue World magazine. Driving through Istanbul on a hot July day, the city is in...

“ Turkey is becoming the tissue capital of the Middle East and Europe”

TWM interviews Parteks Paper Industry general manager Fatih Çapar TWM/1: What tissue markets do you operate in? Fatih Çapar: “Established in 1996, Parteks Paper Industry is a fully integrated manufacturer of virgin pulp parent reels, consumer tissue and AfH tissue together with corrugated cardboard and paper board production. Our plant is located...

FHH targets impressive ‘5% annual tissue growth’ potential in the UAE

Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH) plans to double capacity at its integrated Al Nakheel site in the next two years. Director of operations Adel Al Far explains the strategy. Report: Helen Morris, TWM Senior Editor. One of the most striking aspects on arriving at Fine Hygienic Holding’s (FHH) Al Nakheel site is its obvious potential for expansion. Located around...

“The discussion was what size of tissue machine… so we went for the latest and fastest. We wanted everything, the most modern, the most energy efficient, in order to produce the best quality of tissue with have better energy costs and to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Managing director Abdullah Al Khateeb explains the key to success in the Gulf as Crown Paper Mill aims to be the largest tissue manufacturer in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf by 2020. By Helen Morris, Senior Editor, Tissue World Magazine.   Driving through the grand streets of the UAE’s capital in June to visit Crown Paper Mill...

Quality and savings key for Queenex as energy costs rise and supply outstrips demand

Based in Abu Dhabi, Queenex Hygiene Paper Manufacturing (QHPM) is a subsidiary of Queenex Paper Products. In 2012, it started up a crescent former tissue machine that produces first-class tissue paper from the high-quality virgin pulp. TWM talked to general manager Medhat Saleh. TWM/1: What is your position in the UAE’s tissue market? Medhat Saleh: “As...

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