By: The Working Forest Staff
LUCCA, ITALY, — On November 19th Vinda Personal Care (China) Limited started up two Toscotec supplied AHEAD2.0M tissue machines in Xiaogan city, Hubei, China.
With the start-up of these production lines, Vinda inaugurates its second production base in Xiaogan, located in the vicinity of its existing mill.
Both AHEAD-2.0M lines feature a second-generation large diameter TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and the energy-efficient TT DOES solution (Drying Optimization for Energy Savings). This new configuration will grant additional improvements of the finished product’s quality in terms of softness and basis weight uniformity, and an additional reduction of steam consumption. The two AHEAD-2.0M machines will increase the group’s annual production by over 60,000 tons.
“This is what we count on when we work with Toscotec, our long-term partner: a successful start-up, on time and on budget. Vinda Personal Care (China) is a very strategic production base for the Group, we are investing on its operations and therefore we expect efficient performances and very low consumptions on these new Toscotec’s lines,” said Anna Wang, chief operating officer (COO) of Vinda International Holdings.
“We achieved an important objective today. At Vinda’s new Xiaogan mill, we started up the first two of Toscotec’s machines with advanced technological features in China. We also delivered on the mill’s requirement to start up both machines at the same time, thanks to the great coordination of Toscotec’s and Vinda’s teams during the entire installation and commissioning period. We continuously support Vinda’s growth with our most advanced technology. We are currently installing another two tissue machines at Xiaogan mill that will feature significant upgrades both in the forming and pope reel sections,” explained Stefano Raffaelli, Toscotec’s Customer Care and Project Manager.
Toscotec is installing two other tissue lines at Vinda Personal Care (China), scheduled for start-up over the next few months.