Project Survey

TWM’s annual Projects Survey charts all new capacity being added, ordered or in final planning stages during 2018- 2019, as well as noting any projects already planned for 2020. The survey is solely interested in projects that will increase tissue capacity – the numerous smaller rebuilds around the world that won’t impact capacity have been excluded. All...

Paper Machine Technical Theme: Industry 4.0 – energy – cost optimisation – high-quality grades – larger, superior machines – market consolidation

Top companies highlight their ongoing advances in technology. A TWM report. TWM/1: What have been the most important technical developments made at your company during 2018 and what can we expect in 2019?Michael Pichler, senior vice president, division manager, paper & tissue division, Andritz: “There are several areas we are concentrating on when...

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...

Fundamentals drive Australian and New Zealand tissue consumption higher

Steady population growth, population ageing and rising per capita consumption have combined to push tissue production in Australia to capacity. The question for the Australian tissue market is when, and where, the next manufacturing development will come. By Tim Woods, managing director, IndustryEdge Australia is a developed and mature economy. In...

Toilet Twinning initiative brings new appreciation to luxuries like toilet roll

Lesley Quirk is a specialist relationship manager for a charity initiative called Toilet Twinning. She liaises with corporates who support its campaign to provide clean water, proper toilets and hygiene training in some of the poorest communities worldwide. She invites people to ‘twin’ their toilet with a latrine overseas – and so sponsor a new toilet...

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...

Germans are serious about sustainability, and it’s driving the nation’s tissue performance

The economic powerhouse has slowed of late, but despite European regulatory changes underway – fibre costs, exchange rates, environmental targets – Germany’s strong costs base points towards continued strength. The German tissue business has a long history, beginning with a patent on a paper handkerchief registered in January 1929 by Nuremberg...

Consumer tissue in Germany: maturity, private label pressures, and value-added innovation

With nearly 11kg per capita retail tissue consumption in 2017, Germany is the third most saturated market in Western Europe, just behind Ireland and Austria. Subsequently, the demand for tissue and organic growth have been slow, with retail sales expected to register a volume CAGR of just 0.7% between 2017 and 2022.Furthermore, there is very little unmet...

Growing consumer awareness and education is driving Russia’s market performance in spite of sanctions

Industry analyst Greg Grishchenko examines the rising level of quality products, retail display, home production and consumer choice in the world’s largest landmass tissue market. The unique nature of the tissue paper business among the majority of paper industry segments has assured its success and continuing growth across the world for the last 50...

From east to west – the sun is rising on tissue’s New Year

A Happy New Year to you all. I don’t know whether you gave Auld Lang Syne a burst as the clock ticked down to the midnight hour on December 31, but we gave it a run for its money here at TWM.As befits tissue’s most globally devoted magazine, we are acutely aware that many of tissue’s personnel, in whatever capacity, will not have heard of the Scottish...