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

(News from RISI) – Indonesia’s Sopanusa Tissue & Packaging Saranasukses is set to bring two tissue machines on stream.

They will double the total tissue capacity at its mill in Mojokerto city, about 55 km east from East Java’s capital of Surabaya.

The two virgin fibre-based units, each having a capacity of 100tpd or 25,200tpy, according to the company, will be operated by Sopanusa’s subsidiary Sun Paper Source.

One of them being erected at the subsidiary’s facility, PM1, is near completion.

Voith Paper provided the 2.75m wide crescent former unit, which will have a design speed of 1,800m/min and feature a 16-ft Yankee dryer.

PM1 was initially planned to be commissioned in November. But the startup has been pushed back to December due to a slight delay in equipment delivery, said a spokeswoman for Sopanusa.

She indicated that output on the machine will be tissue and machine-glazed (MG) paper, which can be converted into napkins or other finished products used in delicate goods packaging.

The other unit, PM2, came from Metsä Tissue’s mill in Poland.

Sopanusa has signed up PMP Group to rebuild the second-hand machine. Startup is scheduled for April next year.

PM2 was probably the sole 25,000tpy machine at the Konstancin-Jeziorna plant near Warsaw, which Metsä Tissue closed and sold to a wastewater treatment specialist Saur Konstancja in 2012, according to sister publication PPI Europe.

Metsä Tissue also shut a smaller 10,000tpy tissue machine at its Krapkowice mill in southwestern Poland in the same year.

Sopanusa currently operates six machines making tissue and MG paper with a total capacity of 54,000tpy at the Mojokerto site.

Around 80% of its output is for export to more than 60 countries.