February / March 2013

DEPARTMENTS: Frontissues: With tough times at home Portugal gets innovative abroad Marketissues: Recent trends in tissue consumption and manufacturing within the newly independent states of the former Yugoslavia Exitissues: ADT’s first start-up successfully running in the USA   FEATURES: Country Report: Portugal – a locally focused T&T market...

With tough times at home Portugal gets innovative abroad

As the industry focuses on the major event in the trade show calendar at Tissue World Barcelona 2013 in March, at long last there are signs of strongly rooted green shoots of recovery in the global economy. The US ‘fiscal cliff’ has been avoided for the time being, the eurozone appears to be in safer hands than a year ago and China looks to have avoided the...

ConsumerSpeak: Tissue’s greatest collector?

Silvio Fioravanti is an archaeologist and lives near Lucca in Italy. He has a large collection of pocket hankie packs – at the last count, 11,972 different tissue pocket packs from all over the world that are themed, catalogued and includes old and vintage pieces. TW magazine has charted his collection’s development over the years, and here he explains how...

Recent trends in tissue consumption and manufacturing within the newly independent states of the former Yugoslavia

Recent trends in tissue consumption and manufacturing within the newly independent states of the former Yugoslavia  After the collapse of the Austria-Hungary Empire at the end of WW1, the victorious European majors shaped Yugoslavia, a new country composed of more than twenty neighbouring ethnic groups. The country that began as a kingdom in 1929 became a...

Tissue World asked the world’s leading converting machinery manufacturers to comment on the annual converting technical theme survey. PCMC and MTorres responded, and below they describe their R&D developments.

A TW report TW: What technical developments can we expect in converting for 2013 and beyond? PCMC’s operations director Luca Tagliasacchi: “One of the sections on which the work of our R&D department has been focusing in the past year is the unwinder. To the existing stop- splice device for reel change, a new one has been added: the on-the-fly automatic...

Portugal’s tissue pioneer Renova innovates to thrive

Renova is the home of “the sexiest toilet paper on earth” says production director Mario Lopes. TW met the business with the designer products.  “Black toilet paper is an icebreaker,” says Mario Lopes, production director at Renova, the Torres Novas, Portugal- based integrated tissue company. “Our strategy is through innovation. We want to...

As a small company thinking big Fapajal is bucking the national trend

Sales output tripled in four years as Portugal fights economic downturn  A year and a half is a long time in an economic downturn. When TW first met Fapajal in June 2011, the small independent tissue producer was expanding rapidly with a new Toscotec TM that added 55 tonnes of capacity per day. Visiting again in January 2013, the business, as with others in...

ADT’s first start-up successfully running in the USA

By Ed Graf ADT’s first start-up successfully running in the USA Air Dried Tissue (ADT) Technology has been hailed as a real alternative to TAD. Two years after the start-up of the first installation of this major new technology, TW talks to inventor Ed Graf about energy savings and capital cost  As with any new development there are thoughts and ideas...

Portugal – a locally focused T&T market in a tough economy

Portugal currently produces approximately 150,000 MT/Yr of Towel and Tissue (T&T) paper. That makes Portugal eleventh largest T&T producing nation in the European Union (EU) with about 3% of the EU capacity. Portugal was experiencing modest growth coming into the worldwide recession of the last three years. Two new machines were added in the last ten...

Private label one of few gains as Portuguese consumers abandon brand loyalty

With the country’s economy stuck in the doldrums, it is a difficult time for tissue products and fast-moving consumer goods generally in Portugal. Through 2012, the Eurozone crisis rumbled on and the Portuguese government ratcheted up its austerity measures. Consumers thus continued to see their purchasing power on the slide in the year. In this gloomy...

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