Porcari, Italy 06 December 2017 - Focusing even more on the tissue market: this is the goal of Lucart, leading producer in Europe of MG paper, tissue and airlaid products. Lucart Group is replacing one of the two MG paper PMs installed in 1976 at its Porcari plant in the province of Lucca with a new line manufactured by Toscotec, a multinational company leader in the supply of papermaking plants, machinery and technology.
The new AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine is equipped with the most innovative technological solutions.
The forming section is designed for the future installation of a new system aimed to increase the dry content and thickness of the finished product. The dry section includes the TT DOES solution with the shoe press TT NextPress , a TT SYD-16FT second-generation steel Yankee dryer and high-efficiency hoods that guarantee high quality paper with the lowest possible energy consumption.
The pope reel section, with the new TT REEL-H+, is designed to maintain the characteristics of the sheet, thanks to the use of the core assist drive on the primary and secondary arms. Thanks to this new system by Toscotec, reel change takes place at the maximum operating speed and at full format.
To ensure that the work environment of this new machine complies with the latest regulations, the PM will be equipped with mist and dust suction systems.
The scope of supply includes the new automatic rewinder equipped with 3 unwinding stations, the maximum operating speed is 2,000 mpm, with technology aimed at preserving paper thickness during reel winding.
Installation will be finalized in the second semester of 2018. Toscotec's YES - Your Expert Service - service division will provide supervision for erection, start-up and training of the paper mill's personnel.
The line will produce high quality tissue paper starting both from pure cellulose and recycled paper. The operating speed is 2000 mpm and the total production is approximately 35,000 tpy.
PM3 will continue the production of all types of MG paper for flexible packaging. PM3 will undergo technical improvement interventions to ensure the highest production quality .
"This important investment", explains Massimo Pasquini, Lucart CEO , "allows us to strengthen our presence in the tissue market. Indeed, we believe that the growth of the company in the market of paper for hygienic-sanitary use in Europe is strategic, and the new PM will foster the development of all the Business Units of our Group. We are pleased to look at the world without forgetting our origins; for this reason, installing cutting-edge technology at our historical Porcari mill, in the province of Lucca, should be seen as a message of trust towards Italy as a whole. Working with a partner like Toscotec was a very positive experience for us and we hope that this collaboration will continue in the future".
"Once again, our innovative technology allows us to respond in a timely manner to the needs of our customers", stated Alessandro Mennucci, Toscotec CEO . "We are pleased to be able to support Lucart in this new growth project in the tissue market. For us, standing by their side represents an important reference and a further spur for the development of new solutions for an increasingly demanding market."
Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of MG paper, tissue products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, etc.) and airlaid products, was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area). Lucart's production capacity exceeds 300,000 tpy of paper on 10 paper machines and 58 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €400 million, with over 1,300 employees in seven production plants (five in Italy, one in France and one in Hungary).
Toscotec is a turnkey projects supplier to the global paper industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects and individual machineries. The Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, relying on the experience gained in over 60 years of activity.