The AHEAD 2.2 tissue line supplied by Toscotec to Cartiera Confalone on a turnkey basis has come online at their new mill in Montoro, Italy, and started producing sellable tissue from day one.
The new AHEAD 2.2 tissue line is equipped with TT NextPress, TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer, and gas-fired TT Hood designed with multiple stages of energy recovery. It has a sheet trim width of 2,850 mm, a design speed of 2,200 m/min and production capacity of over 35,000 tpy. The tissue line will produce toilet tissue, napkins and towels using 100% pre-dried virgin pulp and converting broke.
The turnkey supply included the complete stock preparation, Toscotec’s patented TT SAF® (Short Approach Flow) for superior energy efficiency, the complete electrical and control systems, including the DCS and the QCS, as well as the dust and mist removal systems. The scope also included the vacuum plant, an automatic vibration monitoring system installed on the AHEAD 2.2 line and the machine hall ventilation system.
Toscotec also supplied two OPTIMA 2200 slitter rewinders, equipped with tension, nip control systems, and dust removal systems. The service package included detailed mill engineering, plant and tissue machine erection, commissioning, training, and start-up assistance.
Cartiera Confalone’s new Montoro mill constitutes the biggest tissue investment in the south of Italy in over twenty years and it is equipped with leading-edge tissue technology.
The project represents a repeat order by Cartiera Confalone, who chose Toscotec in 1999 for its first tissue line, a MODULO-PLUS machine, at its Maiori mill, and then replaced its cast-iron Yankee with Toscotec’s leading-edge TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer in 2013.
Gaetano Confalone, Sole Director of Cartiera Confalone, says, “We are very satisfied with the successful accomplishment of this key project. The fact that the new mill has been built and become operational during the pandemic testifies to Toscotec’s great expertise in managing complex turnkey projects. Throughout this entire process, we faced many challenges together, and Toscotec proved to be the right partner for us.”
Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says, “Cartiera Confalone achieved their target through an important partnership with Toscotec. This was our number one objective since the beginning, and it truly is a great satisfaction to have reached it together. Also, with this new line here in Italy, Toscotec strengthens its leadership as world-class supplier of turnkey projects for the tissue industry.”
With origins dating back to 1800, when a paper mill was opened in Maiori for the production of handmade paper, Cartiera Confalone produced flattened and creped paper until its conversion into tissue paper in the 1970s. It is a family-run business focusing on the production of toilet paper, kitchen roll, napkins and jumbo rolls of various width. Cartiera Confalone’s products are distributed throughout Italy, in particular, in the centre and in the south of Italy, with a turnover that in recent years has seen a significant increase both in Northern Italy, in the E.U. and extra E.U..