Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

The Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group has invested in a new tissue paper mill.

Supplied by Recard, the plant will produce toilet rolls, table napkins, facial tissue and kitchen towels.

It will be set up in Guatemala, in Central America, through the branch company Papelera Internacional (Painsa), and will constitute the basis for the expansion in the region of Central America and the Caribbean.

Start-up is scheduled for mid-October 2018 and the new machine has a drying capacity of 120t/d and a maximum speed of 2000m/min.

The machine will run on 100% virgin fibre or 100% secondary fibre. Recard will supply a turnkey service that includes three pulp preparation lines for long fibres, short fibres and broke, approach flow system, related ancillary equipment and complete mechanical and electrical assembly.

The company made the investment in order to meet the growing demand in the different Latin American markets and pursue a regional growth plan.

General Manager Mauro Michelini said: “This new order is a great reason for pride for us because it allows us to work once again with people with whom we have established a great rapport, and this is foundational in order to pursue satisfactory technical results.”

Painsa belongs to the Canadian Kruger Group, while the Grand Bay Paper is a Latin-American consortium and an affiliate of the Kruger Group.