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

Latin American tissue producer Sepac has started up an XcelLine tissue machine in Brazil.

Supplied by Voith, TM6 is based at the company’s Mallet plant in Paraná and will be used to produce tissue paper for sanitary products.

It has a design speed of 2,000m per minute and is able to produce 110 metric tonnes of paper per day.

The scope of supply included the entire machine which was fitted with a MasterJet Pro T headbox, a CrescentFormer, a NipcoFlex T shoe press, an EvoDry Y Steel plate Yankee cylinder, a high-efficiency EcoHood T hood and a MasterReel winder.

The project’s main features are the NipcoFlex T shoe press and its 4.8m Steel plate Yankee cylinder, which the supplier said enables the machine to consume up to 20% less thermal energy.

It is part of a growth strategy by SEPAC, which is focused on manufacturing tissue paper from virgin cellulose fibres and increasing its production capacity to 180,000tpy, making it one of Brazil’s largest tissue manufacturers.

Over the last ten years, Voith has supplied four tissue machines to SEPAC.

Sepac is one of Latin America’s largest tissue paper producers and has 40 years of experience in the domestic and international markets.

Headquartered in the state of Paraná, the company is a market leader in tissue paper for sanitary products in Brazil’s Southern region.

Its towels, napkins and toilet papers are marketed in all regions of Brazil and the Mercosur countries under the Duetto, Paloma, Maxim and Stylus brands.

In 2017, Sepac also joined the personal care segment with the launch of its BabyBoo disposable diapers brand.