Sofidel expands Sthe tissue production capacity of its Ibertissue mill in Buñuel, Navarra, in Spain. According to the announcement, the company placed an order with Valmet for supply of Advantage NTT 200 tissue production line, stock preparation equipment and automation system. Start-up of the new line is scheduled for third quarter 2018.
The ordered Advantage NTT 200 tissue machine will have a design speed of 1,800 m/min in textured mode and 2,000 m/min in plain mode. The production line is optimized to save energy and fiber as well as add possibilities for product differentiation and increased capacity of premium quality products.
The scope of the equipment supplier includes the complete tissue production line including an Advantage NTT tissue machine, with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including, an AirCap hood with Air system, WetDust system and a SoftReel B reel. Valmet will also deliver detailed mill engineering, stock preparation equipment as well as an automation package including DCS (distributed control) and QCS (quality control) systems.
Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, commented:
“What we have seen from the performance of the Advantage NTT lines started up so far, we are more convinced than ever that this is the technology for the future. It will give us the flexibility we need to get a competitive advantage in the market. “
Earlier Sofidel announced plans to expand tissue production in the US.
The company is a world leader in the production of paper for hygienic and domestic use. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Belgium, France, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey and the USA – with more than 5,200 employees. With a consolidated turnover of EUR 1,809 million in 2015, Sofidel is the second largest group in Europe in terms of production capacity in the tissue sector (1,050ktpa in 2014).