Sofidel opens second U.S. greenfield mill valued at US$ 360 million
Nola, Okla - Sofidel, a leading global manufacturer of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, announced in early October the formal opening of its second U.S. greenfield plant, a significant expansion by the company in response to consumer demand.
The 1.8 million-square-foot Inola production plant is equipped with US$ 360 million of technology both to enhance production and meet environmental stands.
The integrated plant features two AHEAD-2.0L paper mill machines, manufactured by Toscotec, and 14 converting lines. Advanced reeling technology preserves the product softness while ensuring uniform sheet separation from start to finish of every roll.
Sustainability and energy efficiency are key components at the facility, including conical refiners to minimize the energy consumed in the fibre-refining process and pumping systems featuring dry seals that allow the use of recycled water. In addition, the plant has adapted techniques from the food and beverage industry to improve logistics. An automated system transfers finished goods from the converting lines to the warehouse, using laser guided vehicles.
An integrated facility, able to transforms pulp into paper and a converting plant that makes the finished product, it can turn out 120,000 tons of tissue annually. It produces tissue, paper towels, toilet paper and napkins mainly for large commercial accounts.
“The U.S. market is fundamental for the growth of the Sofidel Group and the new plant, enabling an enhanced production capacity and a further improvement of the geographical coverage, strengthens our position and creates the conditions for further growth,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “This is an important step, of which we are proud, all the more so in light of the results achieved in the first half of 2020 which improve last year’s already good performances.”
The Oklahoma manufacturing plant, strategically located about 30 miles east of Tulsa, is among the biggest in the state and stands apart from the rest in the industry with its automated machinery.