Valmet supplying new Advantage DCT tissue production line to Alas Doradas

Espoo, Finland - Valmet is supplying an Advantage DCT - 100HS tissue production line, including a de-inking plant and an extensive automation package, to Alas Doradas in El Salvador with start-up planned for the first half of 2021.

The new tissue machine will have a width of 2.8 metres and a design speed of 2,000 metres per minute. It will add 35,000 tons of tissue paper per year to Alas Doradas’ current production of high-quality toilet tissue, napkins and kitchen towels.

Alas Doradas, one of three main tissue paper manufacturers in Central America, is renowned for its “green practices,” using 100% recycled paper as raw material for its production. The plant, located in El Salvador, employs advanced European technology for the manufacturing of tissue paper products of the highest quality. At present, Alas Doradas serves basic population needs, producing toilet paper in single ply and double ply paper napkins and kitchen towels.

The order also includes a Valmet Performance Center agreement to support efficient production with industrial internet capabilities. The new tissue line will fulfill company’s demand for new capacity of high-quality tissue products in the region. The value of the order has not been disclosed.

“Our cooperation with Valmet started with the rebuild of our existing machine where the press section was upgraded with an Advantage ViscoNip press combined with Advantage ReDry technology. With the results achieved, we are convinced that Valmet’s technology is what we need to differentiate from competition and become the frontrunner in the Central American tissue market,” said Paul Ekman, CEO, of Alas Doradas. “Even more important is the collaboration with a reliable partner as Valmet. We see this as the first step in a long-term partnership.”

Kent Nika, Valmet tissue sales director for South America, said: “To be chosen as preferred partner to Alas Doradas is an important statement for us. The new Advantage DCT tissue machine will be equipped with the latest technologies which show that our role as technology leader and advisor fulfills customer’s needs in the important South American market.”

Valmet’s scope of delivery will comprise a tissue production line featuring complete deinking plant and an Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox and Valmet cast iron Yankee cylinder as well as the Advantage technology that includes ViscoNip press, AirCap hood, WetDust dust system, and SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes an extensive automation package with Valmet DNA, IQ quality controls, industrial internet applications, the performance centre agreement and a tissue line training simulator. Engineering, supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.


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