Hengan International has fired up a 60,000tpy tissue PM at its site in Wuhu city, Anhui province, China.
The Voith Paper unit, PM14, is 5.6m wide and has a design speed of 2,000m/min.
The start-up has raised the firm’s total tissue capacity to 910,000tpy, securing its leading position in the Chinese tissue market.
Earlier this year, Hengan commissioned five other 60,000tpy tissue paper machines at various sites.
PMs 11 and 12, supplied by Andritz, are located in Chongqing municipality.
Two other Andritz machines, PMs 15 and 16, are at Hengan’s flagship plant in Jinjiang city, Fujian province.
And PM13, a Voith Paper unit identical to PM14, is at the Wuhu mill.
Expansion goes on: Hengan is continuing to expand aggressively, having ordered eight more 60,000tpy tissue machines.
Andritz and Metso Paper will each provide four PMs, which are scheduled to come online by 2014.
The Metso units will all be 5.6m wide and have operating speeds of 1,900m/min.
Two will go to Hengan’s site in Weifang city, Shandong province, and the other pair to the Wuhu site.
The Andritz machines will have a similar size and speed. Two will be erected at the Chongqing plant and two at the Changde mill, in Hunan province.