Fabrica De Papel San Francisco On Track to Start Up New Tissue Line in Mexico

Fabrica De Papel San Francisco will start up a Metso Advantage NTT concept tissue line in the second quarter of 2013.

Jan. 15, 2013 - Metso said that Mexican tissue producer Fabrica De Papel San Francisco is preparing to start up its third Metso-supplied tissue production line.

According to Metso, it will be the world’s first tissue line based on the Advantage NTT concept, which enables high bulk and softness properties at the same time as it provides energy savings compared to conventional or structured tissue grades.

"After operating two Metso Advantage DCT tissue machines with good experience, we are now prepared to take the next step for quality to produce tissue products with higher bulk and softness, aiming towards the top end products. The Advantage NTT concept will also bring us a higher production capacity compared to the dry crepe tissue concept,” said Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Director of Operations, Fabrica De Papel San Francisco.

Metso said the project is proceeding according to plan and the new tissue production line will start up in Mexicali, Mexico, in the end of the second quarter of 2013.

Metso’s scope of supply comprises a complete 2.6-m-wide Advantage NTT tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap yankee hood, sheet control, tail threading equipment, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel.

The new tissue line will add another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to Fabrica De Papel San Francisco’s existing production.

“We have a very long and fruitful relation with Fabrica De Papel San Francisco and we are of course very excited to supply the first Advantage NTT technology and support their ambition to supply high-quality products produced with less energy and fiber. Fabrica De Papel San Francisco has a very strong and knowledgeable team,” said Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Metso.

Fabrica De Papel San Francisco now operates four tissue production lines and converting facilities, delivering tissue products for the Mexican and US market.