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


Sofidel, the world’s second largest manufacturer of tissue paper in Europe, has showcased its latest sustainable developments and innovations at Tissue World Miami. The tissue giant, which last year entered the US market with the acquisition of Cellynne, said sustainability is “a strategic factor for growth and innovation”.

It said: “Some of the factors that have helped us become one of the leading companies in the world are our exclusive commitment to the tissue sector, our plants being close to key markets, our commitment to quality and our client’s satisfaction as well as our sustainability efforts.”

In 2008, Sofidel was the first worldwide tissue company to join WWF’s international Climate Savers programme which encourages companies to reduce their greenhouse gasses voluntarily through the adoption of innovative strategies and technologies and to act as leaders in reducing CO2 emissions. Cellynne has now been renamed Sofidel America and is a fully integrated paper manufacturer serving AfH and consumer lines of business.



Toscotec has featured its TT Drying Optimisation for Energy Saving (TT DOES). The company said in times of rising energy costs and pressure on margins, the benefits of improved drying can make a tangible difference to a mill’s fortunes.

The development of TT DOES has meant that Toscotec has investigated strategies for critical areas of the tissue machine that can contribute to greater efficiency and higher output if required.

It said that most tissue producers have the option either to increase output for or to maintain the same level of output but sensibly cut energy consumption.

TT DOES features Toscotec’s comprehensive approach to optimise the Drying Section.

Available both for rebuilds and for new production lines, it combines the latest developments in technology of the TT Pressing System (including TT XPress, the new Toscotec Extended Nip Press solution), the Second Generation of TT SYD and the low carbon footprint Milltech Yankee Hood.



KBR has highlighted its global EPC contractor capabilities at Tissue World Americas 2014.

The company showcased its technical knowledge and global capabilities which it has gained from more than 30 years as a leader in pulp and paper engineering, maintenance and construction.

Its team works to provide efficient and innovative solutions in delivering exceptional quality in international and American domestic pulp and paper markets.

Project experience includes working with several of North America’s largest paper producers and one of the largest in the Middle East, to provide engineering, design and procurement for their paper machine upgrades and successful construction of their new facilities.

The company’s in-depth resources can assist with any part of pulp and paper facility operation, from efficiency studies to environmental permitting to commissioning.

Its experience includes industrial design and construction for pulp mills, paper mills, tissue mills, paper and tissue converting, machine upgrades, recycled fibre and recovery/power boilers new or rebuild/repair.



Convermat has used Tissue World Miami 2014 to showcase its full range of jumbo rolls of tissue and specialty wadding services.

The company specialises in a comprehensive offering of jumbo rolls of tissue and specialty wadding including toilet and facial tissue, napkin, toweling, medical grades, carrier tissue, TAD, DRC, MG, MF, wipes, as well as air laid, and more.

Its product offerings consist of 100% virgin pulp, 100% recycled (postconsumer content as needed) and mixed fibres tailored to meet each customer’s specifications.

Convermat has a major share of tissue sales in the United States as well as a number of growing and emerging markets around the world.

It has offices across North America and partners located throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

The company established its own testing lab facilities and quality assurance department and has recently appointed Felix Norman Macainan III to head it up.

He joins Convermat having been a quality assurance manager at Kimberly Clark Philippines for 18 years.

His responsibilities at K-C included materials and quality systems supervisor, process engineer, and quality team leader for personal care operations.

He will be responsible for working closely with the company’s suppliers and customers to build efficiencies in
their production processes as well as assisting in the development of new and proprietary grades.

Frank Shahery, Convermat’s director of marketing, said: “We are aiming to increase our worldwide supplier network and customer base and the new quality assurance department will further allow our customers to stay focused on their primary business.” Convermat was founded in 1976 with the focus on parent rolls of tissue.

The company is now active in more than 80 countries around the world with major market shares in the US, Canada, Mexico and a number of growing and emerging international markets.



Buckman has featured its innovative, patented chemistries and sustainable practices at Tissue World Miami.

As part of the conference, John Stitt presented a paper titled “Seeing Softness.”

The company was also a sponsor of the networking reception.

Buckman offers tissue industry customers worldwide an unmatched combination of new technology, technical expertise, and exceptional service.

In a statement, it said: “Our experienced associates help you innovate and capitalise on new opportunities.

“Whether you produce premium bath or towel, AfH or consumer tissue products, Buckman can help you improve both the quality of your tissue and the efficiency of your operation.

“We provide the most robust line of products available to meet a mill’s chemistry needs.

“And we’re helping our clients improve their environmental profile by reducing energy use and employing green chemistries.”



Fabio Perini has showcased its latest innovations and advanced technology at Tissue World Americas 2014.

The company has presented its latest converting and tissue packaging product developments which include: Glue-Free technology, the SOLID+ product and the new service evolution: P.A.N (Perini Aftermarket Network).

Fabio Perini is part of the Körber Group.