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Top experts at the world’s leading tissue machinery suppliers detail their assessments of state-of-the-art systems… and explain how they see advances yet to come. A TWM report. TWM/1: What were your key technical developments during 2017? Daniele Checcacci, A.Celli Paper, sales manager, EMEA: “The revolution is represented by Industry 4.0, the...

How to triple sales in three years, by South Florida Tissue Paper Co.

It’s listed in Inc. Magazines’ top 5,000 fastest growing US companies, has tripled sales from 2014 to 2017, notched up a growth rate of 179%, and expanded the operation across all 50 states. South Florida Tissue Paper Co is a success story… oh, and it’s recently beaten off the threat from Irma as the hurricane wreaked havoc across Florida. The...

“A significant number of smaller converters and importers are popping up throughout the industry… it makes for an interesting paradox. While distributors are getting bigger, manufacturers seem to be getting smaller.”

With distribution consolidating and M&As on the rise, tissue giant Cascades PRO targets opportunities in dispensers, towels and bath tissue. TWM talks to marketing director André Daviault. TWM/1: What are the main opportunities for you in the north/northeast of America over the next five years?  André Daviault: “For our PRO business, we expect...

Northern USA: Where are you on the axis of survival?

By Bill Burns, Senior consultant, Fisher International With the constantly changing habits of US consumers continuing to challenge tissue companies across America’s tissue belt, being fit for purpose is more crucial than ever. What a difference a few degrees of latitude make. This issue of TWM focuses on northern USA so we’ll see what a profile of the...

Even the great Bobby Fischer would find tissue’s US chess game a challenge

Our cover image depicts the US tissue battlefield. The reds strategically occupying the hill represent all we know of the status quo. For many decades the industry in the USA meant few giants monopolising the market in both manufacturing and retail. The environment was not a concern, NGOs not that powerful, and the economy was good. Then the market...

The Whole World Toilet Paper Museum

From the Kremlin to the McMurdo Station in The Antarctic and with celebrity signatures including Madonna and Woody Allen, Boston, Massachusetts couple Rich and Flo Newman have amassed a tissue treasure trove. We started collecting toilet paper in 1978 as a fun alternative to our other collecting habits. We ended up being completely surprised by the...

“We’ve spent a lot of R&D time, energy and money to find a sustainable solution.”

 Morris Housen, chief executive and president of Erving Industries, operates a paper mill in Erving, Massachusetts. Established in 1905, the company employs more than 100 people and has sustainability high on the agenda: it uses nearly 50 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 400,000mcf of natural gas annually. The mill produces napkin, towels and...

US tissue: mature demand, highly competitive landscape and future growth opportunities

With 21kg per capita total tissue consumption in 2016, the US is one of the most saturated tissue markets in the world. Total demand for consumer and AfH tissue is expected to grow by less than 1% per year from 2016 to 2021. In a market that is already highly developed, demand is thus largely driven by fundamentals such as growth in GDP and population...

What does China’s Belt & Road master plan mean for tissue?

China is a major financier to the world. Just one of many investment vehicles is its initiative to transform transport systems and smooth trade across Asia, Europe and Africa – estimated at $900bn of projects planned or underway to date. Four years on from launch, initial doubters are being won over, while obstacles remain both abroad and at home. A TWM...

Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award sets global eco-friendly standard across tissue

Suzano, Valmet, LKW WALTER and Fibria are amongst the winners of Sofidel’s second Suppliers Sustainability Award. Some 330 participants from 17 countries attended the event, held on 9 November at the magnificent East Wintergarden venue in Canary Wharf in the financial heart of London. It awarded eco-friendly partners from across the group’s global...

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