WEPA Giershagen is steadily operating its Toscotec-supplied AHEAD-2.0S tissue line (PM19) at the speed of 2,200 mpm. PM19 came online in October 2015 and after a machine speed-up, reached the constant speed of 2,200 mpm. Based on this result, WEPA sets a new world record in the tissue industry for machine speed in continuous running conditions.
The AHEAD-2.0S line is dedicated to the production of high quality tissue from 15 to 16.5 gsm basis weight. WEPA maximized its efficiency and achieved top performance in terms of production capacity with low energy consumption. PM19 production fulfils the quality parameters of WEPA’s super-soft toilet paper.
Frank-Peter Folcz, Plant Manager WEPA Giershagen, said: “Concerning the layout of the machine, we decided for a double press with 2x 120 kN/m line load. This was a new way for us, but it was exactly the right way. In order to produce paper in this speed range in a stable manner and with the highest performance, you do not only need a good machine – motivated and very well-trained staff is just as important. This combination is key to success”.
Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager, said, “We congratulate WEPA on the incredible job they did on this Toscotec machine. Our longstanding partnership has led to many achievements, and taking PM19 to the constant speed of 2,200 mpm is certainly a great one. This is what we work for everyday at Toscotec: supporting our customers’ success with the best technology and services. It is a satisfaction for us to see that PM19 still has untapped drying capacity, given the considerable margin both in terms of steam pressure and hood temperature.”
From 2006, Toscotec supplied the WEPA Group with 5 complete tissue lines – three of which on a full turnkey basis – and eight rebuild projects in paper mills in Germany, France, Italy and Poland.
The WEPA Group is a family business operating throughout Europe and offers sustainable and innovative hygiene solutions that provide a safe feeling of hygiene and contribute to the well-being of millions of consumers all over Europe every day. With 3,700 employees, the WEPA Group produces hygiene paper products such as toilet paper, towel paper, handkerchiefs and napkins at 13 production sites in Europe. WEPA is one of the three largest European manufacturers and is market leader in the production of hygiene paper made of recycled fibres. The annual turnover amounts to approximately 1.3 billion euros. In the consumer business unit, WEPA is the specialist for the private label of European retailers. The Professional business unit, with the brands BlackSatino and Satino by WEPA, stands for sustainable and professional hygiene solutions, which are used in public washrooms, the industry, offices or health care for example. The headquarters of the WEPA Group is in Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia.