Kimberly Clark de Mexico Starts Up Valmet-supplied Tissue Line

The new Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line adds 60,000 tpy of high quality tissue paper production capacity to Kimberly Clark de Mexico.

Sept. 4, 2014 - Valmet said that Kimberly Clark de Mexico recently started up a seventh tissue machine (supplied by Valmet) at the Bajío mill in San Juan del Rio, Mexico.

According to Valmet, the new Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line adds 60,000 tpy of high quality tissue paper to the current production of facial, toilet, napkin and towel per year. The project was started in 2013.

"We are pleased with the overall execution and start-up of the Bajío machine 4," said Bernardo Aragón, Kimberly Clark de Mexico's Operations Director. "Our internal team of project engineers developed the site, oversaw engineering, procurement and machine installation with very good support from Valmet throughout the process.

"The machine is currently operating as expected after a very short start-up curve, thanks to the strong involvement by Valmet and the mill's manufacturing staff," Aragón added.

The tissue machine has a width of 5.4 metres and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.

Valmet's delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It is also featured with the Advantage tissue technology including a ViscoNip press for improved press dryness, an AirCap hood with air and heat recovery system as well as a SoftReel reel with center wind assist.

Valmet's project scope included basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation, as well as the installation supervision, training and commissioning of the new tissue line. The delivery also included an automation package from Metso with the process control system.

Kimberly Clark de México S.A. B. de C.V. was founded in 1959 and is the leading tissue producer in Mexico. The company operates five tissue mills in Mexico producing facial, toilet, napkin and towel grades for the domestic consumer & away-from-home markets as well as for exports. Through the new investment the total production capacity of Kimberly-Clark de México will be approximately 700,000 tpy.

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. To learn more, please visit: www.valmet.com

SOURCE: Valmet