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

China’s Guizhou Chitianhua Paper Industry has started up one of the world’s largest Steel Yankees at its Chishui, Guizhou Province-based site.

Supplier Andritz said the PrimeLineST tissue machine is unique in the Asian market as it combines a high-performance Yankee with a steam-heated hood.

It has a design speed of 2,000m/min and a paper width of 5.6m and will produce high-quality facial wipes, toilet paper, and paper tissues based on bamboo furnish.

The Yankee is made entirely of steel, and with a diameter of 20 feet it is said to be amongst the largest in the world.

Andritz said it enables a high drying capacity and because it uses steam it achieves cost savings compared to systems operated with gas.