Converting technical theme 2019 will be rich in projects to find the leading edge

In terms of optimal maintenance and process, analysing what the machines are telling us gives enormous added-value. TWM asked the world’s leading converting machinery suppliers – Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, ICM, Maflex, MTorres and PCMC – to explain their latest advances. TWM/1: What new converting machine technologies will be leading the...

China’s economic slowdown and New green regime is rippling across the world

The recent economic slowdown in China has hit a number of relatively nascent industry sectors hard. One sector that’s been particularly badly affected is the pulp and paper market. In addition to demand for pulp and paper-based goods like tissue falling as the nation’s middle classes find household budgets squeezed, the Chinese government has imposed...

The long and the short of it… A case of moral fibre

Alexandra Stuthridge lives in Vancouver, Canada, and is the technical business manager of the BioProducts Institute (BPI), a globally-leading research cluster at the University of British Columbia (UBC). BPI is focused on advanced bio-based materials, chemicals and energy. I have vivid and fond memories of the tissue paper manufactured in New Zealand,...

Niche tissue… Independence, recycled paper, rapid response, flexibility, personalised and increasingly green products

French manufacturer Papeco director general Emmanuel Coulon explains his smart circular economy concept at his Normandy mill. Report: TWM Senior Editor Helen Morris. When I joined my main aim was to prioritise customer service.” Papeco director general Emmanuel Coulon Independent family-owned tissue manufacturer Papeco is fortunate to have a very...

WEPA plans for Vive La Difference in the French market

WEPA France is investing while some competitors are selling or restructuring. Country Manager Christophe Dorin spoke to TWM Senior Editor Helen Morris. It has taken a series of significant acquisitions and tissue machine start-ups during the course of the last few years to enable the family-owned German tissue manufacturer WEPA Group to claim the third...

Retail tissue in France: finding pockets of growth in a highly mature market

Retail tissue in France recorded sluggish volume sales growth in 2018 to reach 616,000 tonnes. Forecasts for the next five years are not much more optimistic. Indeed, retail tissue sales are projected to register a 0.6% volume CAGR over the next five years in the Hexagon.Saturated market with little room for significant future growthWith 9.5kg per capita in...

A post-nuclear future… France faces its electric power generation dilemma

The French tissue business does not have as long a history as the United States or Germany, but it continues to be unique in tissue product flair and operations. From yellow vests to ubiquitous pink toilet paper, France continues to set its own style. One of the major production differences is the nuclear electric power generation which will be discussed...

Industry 4.0 is underway… We look forward to Industry 5.0

TWM goes beyond the fourth industrial revolution in this edition. Our contributors focus on the many advances which are already well established in tissue production and, to use a phrase by one of them, look at the predictable benefits which ‘early adapters’ of the latest technology are likely to reap in the era of the fifth industrial revolution.What...

Tissue takes on the looming issue of rapid decline in P&W

Costs concern as the supply and use of printing and writing papers – the primary source of recycled fibre for tissue/towel production – is declining rapidly as the digital world takes over. Bill Moore, president, Moore & Associates, addresses the key issues. Although the global use of recycled fibre use as a percentage of tissue/towel mill...

Smart factory robotics and automation has come to the rescue

Early adopters are reaping the rewards now. In a world where speed to market is critical, future advances in AI will only further strengthen the technical leaders. By Paul W. Hill, business development manager, Reko Automation Division. To meet the increasing labour challenges within the manufacturing landscape of the CPG tissue industry, some early...