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SPAIN’S TISSUE BUSINESS WEATHERS ECONOMIC CHALLENGES BUT FACES HEADWINDS FROM DECLINING POPULATION

Bruce Janda Senior consultant, Fisher International Spain’s tissue business has been shaped by the economic challenges the country has faced since 2007. The great worldwide recession that started 12 years ago disproportionally affected Spain’s economy. By 2018, the country had recovered lost GDP but only partially returned to unemployment...

GLOBAL AVERAGE PER CAPITA TISSUE CONSUMPTION STANDS AT ABOVE 5KG – BUT 10KG IS POSSIBLE

While the US – currently 25kg per person – is likely to remain unmatched, untapped potential growth in other regions of the world is still huge. Esko Uutela, principal, tissue, at Fastmarkets RISI, reports. Esko Uutela Principal, tissue, Fastmarket RISI World tissue consumption has grown continuously year after year for at least as long as I have...

LUCART GROUP: THE ITALIAN PLAYER AIMING TO BRING SUSTAINABILITY TO THE SPANISH TISSUE MARKET

Spanish subsidiary Lucart Tissue & Soap is starting to see a more seriously approach to the issue of sustainability in the Spanish market for the very first time. It is ready and poised to take advantage of that potential. By Helen Morris, Tissue World magazine senior editor Revitalisation, the imparting of new life or vigour, restoring to an...

Metsä Group reports “stable demand” for tissue in 3Q results

Metsä Group has reported sales of €4,183m compared to €4,290m in the same period a year earlier in its third quarter results. The operating result for the group was €342m compared with €635m in 2018, whilst pre-tax results were €298m compared with €576m. The company said that prices of long-fibre and short-fibre pulp in Europe declined by 13%...

K-C de México reports better cost environment in 3Q results

Kimberly-Clark de México has reported a year-on-year net sales increase of 5.1% to Ps.$10.4bn in its third quarter results. Consumer products for the period were up 6% whilst EBITDA increased 28.4% to Ps. $2.6 bn. The Mexican-based company said the increases were due to “positive price comparisons, better cost environment and continued cost...

Africaine Paper Mills starts tissue production

Algeria-based Africaine Paper Mills (APM) has moved into the tissue market after starting up production on its first tissue machine. The 2.85m wide, Andritz-supplied TM started up in summer, with a design speed of 2,100 metres per min, producing up to 120tpd of toilet, towel and high-quality facial grades. The machine is equipped with a state-of-the-art...

Lila Group doubles production capacity with TRY450m investment

Turkish hygienic tissue paper manufacturer Lila Group is to increase its production capacity by 50% after investing in an integrated tissue plant. According to the company, the TRY450m investment will make it the second largest integrated tissue producer in Europe. Exporting to 78 different counties throughout the globe, Lila Group decided to increase...

SPAIN: IS THE GREEN REVOLUTION READY TO TAKE OFF?

Visiting mills for our Country Report brings home a real appreciation that Spain’s tissue industry is on the brink of a new era. It is just a matter of when. Luciano Lopez expects it to be little short of a cultural revolution. Importantly, he plans to be not just ready to reap the benefits when that happens, but to play an active part in changing...

Resolute reports impact of market pulp pricing on 3Q results

Resolute Forest Products has said the ongoing weakness in market pulp pricing has had “a significant impact” on its third quarter results. For the period ending 30 September 2019, the company reported a net loss of $43m compared to a net income of $117m in the same period in 2018. Sales were $705m in the quarter, a decrease of $269m from a year...

Double E launches “tissue industry’s lightest core”

Double E has launched what is calling the tissue industry’s lightest core plug. The company said the carbon fibre-based, ultra-light core plug weighs at least one third less than current models. It aims to help the converting industry by enhancing productivity and safety and builds upon Double E’s industry leadership in applying carbon fibre...