South Africa’s Universal Paper Manufacturers has successfully started up its turn-key green field tissue mill at its Ga-Rankuwa mill.
Start-up of TM5, a PMP-supplied Intelli-Tissue Advanced 1600 tissue making line, was achieved in February.
The line has a total capacity of 28,000tpy, an operating speed of 1,600m/min and a reel trim of 2,670mm. Depending on the tissue grade, the basis weight at reel from 13 to 40gsm.
The investment was made by the family-owned business to move its production to the next level as part of its aim to become the preferred tissue supplier in the Southern Africa region, offering a range of ultra-premium, 100% virgin fibre tissue paper products.
Universal Paper’s branded products are FSC-certified and include Dinu, one of the country’s leading household tissue brands.
PMP’s scope of delivery covered: collaboration with the building design engineers, a tissue making line, all auxiliary systems, field installations as well as a rich scope of engineering services.
Universal Paper Manufacturers is owned by Universal Paper and is the sister company to Universal paper & Plastics (UPP).
Both companies are still family owned and established by the Sher family in 1950.