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

Kimberly Clark de México has successfully started up a Valmet Advantage DCT tissue line at its Bajío mill, Mexico.

The Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line adds 60,000tpy of high quality tissue paper to the current production of facial, toilet, napkin and towel per year.

The Bajío mill now operates four tissue machines and produces structured tissue products for the domestic and global markets.

Bernardo Aragón, Kimberly Clark de Mexico’s operations director, said: “We are pleased with the overall execution and start-up of the Bajío machine four.

“Our internal team of project engineers developed the site, oversaw engineering, procurement and machine installation with very good support from Valmet throughout the process.

“The machine is currently operating as expected after a very short start-up curve.”

The tissue machine has a width of 5.4m and a design speed of 2,000m/min and is optimised to save energy and to enhance final product quality.

Valmet’s delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine.
The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder.

It is also featured with the Advantage tissue technology including a ViscoNip press for improved press dryness, an AirCap hood with air and heat recovery system as well as a SoftReel reel with center wind assist.

Kimberly Clark de México S.A. B. de C.V. was founded in 1959 and operates five tissue mills in Mexico producing facial, toilet, napkin and towel grades for the domestic consumer and away-from-home markets as well as for exports. Through the new investment the total production capacity of Kimberly-Clark de México will be approximately 700,000 tpy.