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Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Licensing Agreement on eTAD Tissue Making Technology

Advantage_eTAD Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

May 21, 2018 - Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTADTM tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific. The company has three eTAD machines operating in North America — the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production,” said Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet. “Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD machines.

Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific, added, “This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency. We are pleased to license eTAD technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."

About Georgia-Pacific

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals.

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

SOURCE: Valmet