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

Morning session

Julian Velazques-Vidal, business development manager, Ikea Trading, USA & France
The IKEA Group Sustainability Direction for 2020: PEOPLE & PLANET POSITIVE

IKEA has been committed to sustainability for many years, and we are now determined to take the next big step. Through our new sustainability direction, “People & Planet Positive”, we will use sustainability to drive innovation, transform our business, shape our investments and un¬leash new business opportunities. It will enable us to strengthen our competitiveness by securing long-term access to important raw materials, maintain and develop our supplier base, deepen our relationships with co-workers and customers, and increase productivity. It will help us to lead change in society.

1) A more sustainable life at home
Take the lead in developing and promoting products and solutions that enable custom¬ers to live a more sustainable life at home.
Engage and involve people and communities around our stores, our suppliers and co-workers through impactful, relevant and unique communi-cation.

2) Resource and energy independence
Strive for resource independ¬ence by using resources within the limits of the planet and by encouraging all waste to be turned into resource
Strive towards energy inde¬pendence through being a leader in renewable energy, and becoming more energy efficient throughout our opera¬tions and supply chain.
Develop our business through investing in renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, store expansion and refurbish¬ment, low carbon transporta¬tion and range development.

3) A better life for people and communities
Take a lead in contributing to a better life for people and communities impacted by our business.


Afternoon session:

Mario Garcia, executive chairman, Papel San Francisco, Mexico
The World’s 1st NTT Line: the Paper Properties and the Market Opportunities

We decided to install the 1st NTT line in the world because we saw that it offered the exact flexibility we needed to serve our existing customers, and enter new markets with new innovations. The fact that we can easily convert the configuration to make conventional tissue if needed was incredibly important. This presentation will cover the details of the NTT project, and will also present the paper properties that have resulted from the technology. The way in which this technology offers a wide variety of new market opportunities will also be discussed.

Guillaume Bouvier, VP operational efficiency, Cascades Tissue Group, Canada
Cascades Antibacterial Paper Towels: The Most Innovative Technology for Hand Hygiene

It is a well-known fact: the average person does not have proper hand washing habits. As proven by many studies, the safest method to dry hands is paper towels; air dryers are known to increase bacteria on your skin and surrounding areas. That is how Cascades came up with the idea of developing the first antibacterial paper towel to compensate for less than perfect hand hygiene practices. Unique and innovative, Cascades Antibacterial paper towels provide a simple and effective way to further reduce bacterial contamination and transmission. In contact with wet hands, these paper towels release 0.11% of Benzalkonium Chloride on hands killing 99.99% of residual bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E.Coli (based on 3rd party laboratory testing), which differentiates them from ordinary paper towels.
Available in North America, they can fit anywhere and don’t require additional steps or change in habits. Contrary to alcohol hand sanitizers, these paper towels provide a lasting antibacterial effect for 2 hours. Moreover, proper handwashing and drying with Cascades Antibacterial paper towels help reduce Norovirus incidences. Cascades has a patent pending for both the product and its manufacturing process. The product’s green signature colour is a trademark of Cascades.

Tony Curtis, CEO, Sofidel America, USA
Combined Environmental, Energy and Monetary Benefits with the CHP Power Plant

This presentation will discuss Sofidel’s sustainability philosophy as a member of WWF Climate Savers Program and how it translates into real action. As a key example, it will describe Sofidel America’s commitment to its sustainability goals with a major energy project at its new site in Florida, USA. This is a turn-key project partnership with Haskell Design + Build. Described are the reasons behind the technology choice, the project milestones and the anticipated benefits to the environment and the company.

William Nelson, President, Elettric 80, USA
How Logistics Automation Helps Save Environmental and Financial Resources

This paper will discuss opportunities for increased environmental sustainability and associated cost savings within the tissue industry. We will focus on the ways in which automation provides these savings.
1.) Beginning with automatic handling of parent rolls to greatly reduce the damage to the rolls.
a. Quantify the reduced damages.
b. Associated the cost to the loss in usable material.
c. The environmental impact to the natural resources used to make this now wasted material.
2.) Moving to the automatic handling of the display ready products at the palletizer.
a. We will quantify the reduced corrugated case material and the poly both.
b. We will associate cost savings related to the reduction of these materials.
c. We will also quantify the natural resource savings related to the production of these saved materials.
3.) Optimization though unit load stretch wrapping.
a. Quantify the reduced poly as related to the utilization of the optimal roll size and application.
b. The associated cost savings.
c. The connected savings to the natural resources for these products.
4.) We will provide a comparison the use of traditional fork trucks vs. Laser Guided Vehicles.
a. We will itemize the energy savings.
b. The accompanying savings potential.
c. The environmental impact to the reduced natural resources.
We will finish with showing a prepared video of how these items will work together in the Tissue Facilities of the Future.

John Stitt, Global Specialist – Tissue Systems & Creping, Buckman, USA
Co-author: Holly Richardson, Sr. Technical Service Scientist, Buckman, USA

Seeing Softness – A New Approach to Understanding and Perhaps Control Tissue Softness

We know it when we feel it. We try to model it with complex equations. Now we even have a pretty good test instrument available that hears it. But what are the physical characteristics that cause the differences in tissue softness? The two authors take a new approach to understanding and perhaps better designing and controlling processes that control tissue softness. This study integrated the first author’s knowledge of fiber morphology, tissue manufacturing processes and creping physics with the skills of optical and SEM photomicrography of the second author.
The writers first examined paired tissue samples with large softness differences. These samples were manufactured using the same furnish, and from the same run on the same machine. In the first phase of the study the authors had to confirm which visual differences could be seen under magnification and what methods to use to best see these differences. A number of examination methods were evaluated, and three methods for examination of each sample were chosen that together best identified softness differences. The next phase was to compare paired samples with small differences in softness and determine if small softness differences could be seen and what physical characteristics resulted in the perceived small softness differences. This visually rich paper gives the reader a better understanding of what makes a sheet soft. This understanding of physical properties that result in softness provides a foundation for process modifications to enhance tissue softness.