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

(News from RISI) Indonesia’s Sun Paper Source has decided to bring a 25,000tpy tissue paper machine online at its mill in Mojokerto city, East Java, in October.

The second-hand machine, PM2, came from Metsä Tissue’s former Konstancin-Jeziorna plant near Warsaw, Poland, which was closed and sold to wastewater treatment specialist Saur Konstancja in 2012.

The unit was initially planned to come on stream in Indonesia this month.

But the schedule has been pushed back as Sun Paper Source is focusing on the optimization of PM 1, a 25,000tpy tissue machine that was commissioned in December last year.

“PM 1 has just started production of machine-glazed (MG) paper and we want to ensure the unit’s performance is optimised,” said a company spokesman.

“The original project schedule for PM 2 was too near to the completion of PM 1. So we rescheduled it,” he said. The firm’s MG paper is mainly for converting into finished products used in delicate goods packaging.

Voith Paper provided PM 1 and its auxiliary equipment. The operating speed of 1,600m/min was reached three days after startup, according to the German supplier. Sun Paper Source is a subsidiary of Sopanusa Tissue & Packaging Saranasukses, which operates six machines making tissue and MG paper with a total capacity of 54,000tpy at the same Mojokerto site.

Around 80% of its output, mainly parent rolls, is for export to other Asian countries, Australasia and the Middle East. The company is now seeking to expand its market reach and product portfolio in the Indonesian market. “We are not strong in marketing our finished products at home and we are making an effort to develop that,” said the spokesman.

He indicated that demand for toilet and facial paper is growing in the domestic market after years of national economic stability, and the company sees the opportunity and potential to grow its business at home.