Getting the best out of our ever more sophisticated technology

HMI, the Human Machine Interface, might stand as a symbol of TWM’s Technical Theme on packaging, wrapping and logistics in this edition… as for the tissue industry across the board. Four top companies report on the cutting-edge direction of their research, but I have to say in one case, that of Optima Packaging, thank goodness for the acronym. It is...

The shifting growth of Asia’s most developed country; premium and lower mainstream products key

  Quality, in Asia’s most developed country, is key in the Japanese tissue market … that much is a constant. Much else, however, has moved on in the four years since TWM’s last Country Report from there, and all the signs suggest that change – paradoxically, as this is fundamentally a conservative country – is beginning to emerge as a...

Canada – strengthening its away game

Canada, of course, has a big neighbour. The biggest, in economic terms, which while returning a fluctuating performance is never, currently, less that the biggest economic giant. In tissue terms, Canada is small scale … it’s a saturated market with retail per capita usage one of the highest in the world. Retail tissue posted volume growth of under...

Pulp and Paper United do the nation proud

Let’s describe general economic performance in recent years as a football match … why not, this is Brazil after all: it has been an end-to-end thriller. TWM must first apologise to those across the tissue world who don’t follow that particular game. The same fluctuating fortunes would apply, give or take, in tennis, rugby, beach volleyball, American...

The Home of Tissue: driving forward innovation to create the products of the future

It’s pressure which produces diamonds, and the fiercely competitive nature of the Italian market is producing some sparkling results. They have been called “smart factories,” but tissue factories have always been smart … these are smarter still. Industry 4.0 is where tissue technology is advancing: automation collecting data from the entire...

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