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

(News from RISI) Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company (SPMC) plans to rebuild its PM 1.
The firm tapped Recard for the conversion of the twin-wire machine into a crescent former line with a capacity of 100tpd of tissue.

According to Recard, the order comprises the new crescent former, a new Yankee steel dryer and hood, new drives, a new electrical plant including a distributed control system and a slitting rewinder upgrade.
The rebuild is scheduled to start in the second half of the year, and SPMC’s PM 1 should be able to restart production in December. The value of the order was not disclosed.

SPMC started its tissue operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the installation of its first machine with a capacity of 16,000tpy in 1992.
Since then, the firm has become one of the major manufacturers of tissue paper in the region with a current production capacity of around 125,000tpy.

Apart from SPMC, the Saudi Paper group includes Saudi Recycling Company and Saudi Paper Converting Company.
Moreover, it runs wholly-owned paper collection and recycling operations in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan and Algeria.