New tissue machine installations in Italy
Toscotec has strengthened its leadership position in the Italian tissue market, based on new machine installations in the last five years. Since 2015, Toscotec has received five orders from Italian tissue producers for their paper mills located in Italy.
They include two complete tissue lines for Eurovast’s Cartiera della Basilica. One line replaced an older machine and has been in operations since 2015 at its Bagni di Lucca mill. The other line is been installed at Eurovast Botticino mill and is currently scheduled to start production in the last quarter of 2019.
In 2017, a Toscotec-supplied tissue machine came online at a confidential paper mill in the south of Italy. In November 2018, Lucart fired up an AHEAD-2.0S tissue line at its Porcari mill.
This year, Toscotec received a major turnkey supply order from Cartiera Confalone S.p.A., who is scheduled to start up a new AHEAD 2.2 tissue line in 2020. The project includes the entire tissue making line from the pulper conveyor belts to two OPTIMA 2200 slitter rewinders. Toscotec’s energy efficient technology has won over the Italian tissue market and raised the bar on performance and reliability, by introducing TT NextPress on Lucart’s AHEAD-2.0S machine, which represents the first shoe press ever installed in Italy.
Cooperation with Italy-based International Groups
Apart from new installations in Italy, Toscotec also cooperates with International groups headquartered in Italy on a number of projects outside of the Italian territory. In 2018, it started a close cooperation with the Sofidel Group on their new Oklahoma plant, for the turnkey supply of two AHEAD-2.0L tissue lines currently undergoing erection. In 2017, Toscotec rebuilt on a turnkey basis PM10 of Lucart Laval sur Vologne mill in France, by modifying the wire and felt sections and supplying a new TT SYD and the steam & condensate system.
Foreign tissue manufacturers in Italy
The strong partnership between Toscotec and the German Wepa Group also led to two important rebuilding projects in Italy, at Wepa Lucca and Wepa Cassino mills. The former involved the rebuild into crescent former of an old machine, followed by a speed-up upgrade. The latter was carried out in three steps, from the rebuild into crescent former in 2009 to the supply of a new TT Headbox and TT SYD and the rebuild of the stock preparation system in 2015.
The high degree of customization of Toscotec’s tissue plants represents an invaluable source of success on the Italian as well as international markets. In recent years, Toscotec has made significant investments to equip itself with the most advanced engineering tools and to support the high level of specialization of its technical department, in order to respond to the market increasingly greater request for tailor-made plants.
The fact that tissue producers such as Eurovast, Lucart and others have repeatedly selected Toscotec for the supply of their new tissue lines and rebuilds is proof that its technology is recognized by the Italian tissue market as well established and highly reliable. Based on these results, Toscotec consolidated its position as market leader for the design and supply of tissue machinery in Italy.