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

(News from RISI) Japan’s Tokushu Tokai Paper has rescheduled the timeline for two new tissue paper machines at its mill in Shimada city, Shizuoka prefecture.

The firm will erect two identical 18,000tpy PMs at the plant, while retiring two 18,000tpy units at the Yokoi facility, also in Shimada.

The two new 2.2m wide machines were originally planned to come on stream in April 2014 and April 2015.

Their startup has now been pushed back, with the first unit, PM1, slated to be commissioned in October this year, while PM2 is expected to be operational in December 2015.

The two existing tissue paper machines at the Yokoi mill will be closed prior to the startup of each of the new machines at the Shimada facility.

The cost of the two PMs will total ¥4.2 billion ($41 million), according to the company.

Tokushu Tokai said that tissue products made on the new machines will have better bulk prosperity with higher absorbency in lower basis weights, compared to the two existing PMs.

It also explained that production at the Shimada mill will be cost-saving.

The company has earmarked ¥8 billion to install a biomass boiler at the Shimada plant, which will enable it to cut spending on electricity and fossil fuel.

Construction work for the biomass boiler will kick off in September this year.

It is expected to come into operation in October 2016.