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Slovak Hygienic Paper Group boosts capacity at Paloma site

Slovenia’s Slovak Hygienic Paper Group (SHP Group) has invested in a Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0L tissue line.

Delivery to its Paloma mill in Sladki Vrh is scheduled for March 2020 and start-up for June 2020.

The turnkey supply includes one AHEAD-2.0L tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and gas-fired hoods TT Hood-Duo.

The net sheet width is 5.5m and the maximum operating speed is 2,000m/min, with a production of 220tpd.

The AHEAD-2.0L machine will replace the mill’s existing PM6 and will manufacture high quality toilet tissue, kitchen towel and napkins for household and professional use in the AfH segment.

Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and a complete electrification system.

The scope also includes stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems and a shaft puller.

Following a capital increase by the private-owned investment fund Eco Investment in 2016, and the integration into the Slovak Hygienic Paper Group (SHP) group, the Slovenian tissue supplier Paloma aims to become the leading manufacturer of hygienic paper products in the Adriatic region and beyond.

Richard Zigmund, chief executive of SHP Group, said: “When we decided to invest in new capacity at Paloma’s production base, we started looking for a machinery supplier who could manage and successfully complete complex turnkey projects.

“Toscotec proved to have the right credentials to support our strategic program and supply the state-of-the-art technology we need to set Paloma’s manufacturing at full capacity.” Founded in 1873, Paloma is a public limited company with a long tradition in the manufacture and marketing of hygienic paper products in Europe.

Its annual production capacity is 72,000 tonnes of tissue and it currently employs 675 people.

Paloma is predominantly export-oriented and it currently holds the position of market leader in South-East Europe.

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