France’s Papeterie Le Bourray has announced plans to rebuild PM4 at its Saint-Mars-la-Brière tissue mill.

Supplied by Toscotec, start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.

The rebuild scope includes the modification of the existing Approach Flow System with a new fan pump and a fully hydraulic TT Headbox designed to operate in Tisco Former configuration.

It is capable of being upgraded into Crescent Former configuration in the future.

Toscotec will provide full beginning to end support, including detailed engineering, dismantling of the existing components, installation of new components, commissioning, start-up supervision, and training.

The estimated overall shutdown time will be less than a week.

The target of the rebuild is to improve sheet formation quality and CD basis weight profile as well as increasing the machine speed.

The tissue line produces towel tissue using chemical pulp and waste paper.

Francois Bourdin, chief executive of Papeterie Le Bourray, said: “This headbox is our first major project since we restarted the mill in April 2019, and it will allow us to improve our quality and seek new markets.”