Metso and Kawanoe Zoki Expand Tissue Machine Supply Agreement for Chinese Markets

Kawanoe Zoki will market, manufacture and install Advantage DCT 40 and 60 tissue machines that will be produced at the company's workshop in Zhejiang, China.

Sept. 27, 2013 - Metso and Kawanoe Zoki have extended their cooperation in tissue making technology to include the marketing and supply of Advantage DCT 40 and 60 technologies to the Chinese market.

Under the new license agreement Kawanoe Zoki will market, manufacture and install Advantage DCT 40 and 60 machines that will be produced at the company’s workshop in Zhejiang, China. Metso will supply key components including OptiFlo II TIS headboxes, Metso Yankee cylinders and suction pressure rolls, to form part of Kawanoe Zoki’s deliveries.

The first joint delivery to China will be four Advantage DCT 60 tissue machines to Shandong Dongshun Group Co., Ltd, — an order that was placed in July. Two of the machines will be installed at the Dongping mill in Taian City, Shandong Province, in the second half of 2014 and the other two at the same mill in the first half of 2015.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Kawanoe Zoki," noted Chen Shu Ming, Chairman of the Board, Shandong Dongshun. "Since the first BestFormer Yankee paper machine was contracted in 2005, we have ordered 20 units of Kawanoe tissue machines, which demonstrate our trust and satisfaction with Kawanoe Zoki’s high technological skills and committed customer services."

Kawanoe Zoki is a leading Japanese machinery maker in the pulp and paper industry. Their products range from papermaking to converting. Ever since their establishment in 1944, their machines, such as the patented BestFormer, have contributed to the developments in the tissue industry in Asia, Metso said.

Shandong Dongshun Group Co., Ltd is the largest tissue paper manufacturer in northern China and one of the leading tissue makers in China in terms of both production amount and business scale. As a comprehensive household paper maker, Shandong Dongshun has expanded its product range to baby diapers and sanitary napkins in addition to toilet and tissue paper.

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