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Marutomi boosts capacity with start-up

Japan’s Marutomi has started-up a MODULO-PLUS ES tissue machine supplied by Toscotec at its paper mill in Fuji city, Shizuoka.

It is the first of two tissue lines ordered by the Japanese producer.

The second line is scheduled for start-up in 2020 at Ono Paper’s mill.

The MODULO-PLUS ES machine features a sheet width of 2.8m, an operating speed of 1,500m/min and produces over 22,000tpy of high quality tissue.

It is equipped with TT NextPress, a second generation TT SYD, TT Hood-Duo steam-heated hoods and Toscotec’s proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS, which was developed especially for this project on a Mitsubishi platform in cooperation with the Japanese Corporation.

The scope also includes Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) system, dust and mist removal systems, an automatic shaft return system on the pope reel and an in-line shaft puller.

The service package consists of the plant’s detailed engineering, erection supervision, commissioning and start-up assistance.

Shinichi Kato, vice president of Marutomi Engineering Co., said: “Both commissioning and start-up went very well.

“We are happy with the paper quality we are getting right after start-up and our team is already working with Toscotec to fine-tune all the key parameters.

“We expect great results on the energy efficiency of this production line”.

Founded in 1955, Marutomi Paper is one of the main tissue producers in Japan.

The Marutomi Group today mainly specialises in toilet tissue from 100% recycled fibre, with an annual production output of 150,000 tonnes, of which 95% of toilet tissue and 5% of kitchen towel, with an estimated market share of 15%.