Toscotec strengthens hold on Italian tissue mill market
Lucca, Italy - Toscotec has strengthened its leadership position in the Italian tissue market over the past five years and since 2015 has received five orders from Italian tissue paper mills, including several complete lines.
The orders 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. The TT NextPress on Lucart’s AHEAD-2.0S machine, which represents the first shoe press ever installed in Italy.
The company has also been active with foreign producers in the Italian market. It has a strong partnership with the German Wepa Group which 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 speedup 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.