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...

‘The right fibres – treated correctly – gets the optimal fibre furnish’

In the last few years UPM has expanded its pulp production intensively. Due to its recent investments UPM Pulp has established a strong position on the pulp market through developing a versatile product portfolio. UPM supplies its global pulp customers with eucalyptus hardwood pulp from its Fray Bentos mill in Uruguay and with softwood and birch pulps from...

Environment Technical Theme – Our energy vision boosts our bottom line and sustains our future

At Tissue World Miami in March, Resolute Forest Products’ Calhoun mill was awarded the Most Energy-Aware Mill Award. Here, Patrice Minguez, president, Tissue Group, describes what the company did to achieve the award. A TWM report. “Improving energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint and increasing the use of lower carbon fuels is vital to us as...

The chemistry of soft tissue

As urbanisation increases, so does demand for more varied and sophisticated tissue products. The tissue giant tells TWM why it has growing confidence in its Thai and Asian tissue operations. The exact recipe for soft tissue is often a well-guarded trade secret. While the recipe or SOP to manufacture soft tissue can be different from corporation...

Widening the operating window to improve competitiveness in today’s environment

Tissue makers have to face consumer demands every day — demands for softer, stronger and more absorbent products at an efficient cost. Whether producing premium brands or value brands for consumers or the away-from-home market, the need to improve product quality and machine productivity never ends. Market trends towards sustainable fibre usage and...

Discussing eco-friendly and effective repulping aids in response to new regulatory challenges

     By  Kemira Chemicals Germany’s Vladimir Grigoriev, senior manager, applications and marketing, Pulp&Paper EMEA, and Tea Hannuksela, group leader Abstract Wet-strengthened paper grades often require a use of oxidative repulping aids. Traditional hypochlorite is undesirable due to its hazardous nature and a contribution to AOX. New...

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