U.S. manufacturing, on the whole, is in the midst of a dilemma. Qualified labor is migrating away from industry-based jobs for a number of reasons, the top three of which are Baby Boomer retirements, misperceptions about manufacturing jobs, and a widening skills gap caused by emerging technologies.1 As a result, an estimated 2.4 million positions throughout manufacturing sectors are projected to remain unfilled between 2018 and 2028.1
The 26th annual China International Disposable Paper Expo (CIDPEX) is Asia’s largest gathering of tissue production experts in the world. Running April 17-19 at the Wuhan International Convention & Exhibition Center (Wuhan, Hubei, China), CIDPEX 2019 will bring together more than 700 companies and 30,000 visitors to share industry insights and trends, along with showcasing equipment innovations designed to make converting disposable tissue paper products more efficient and progressive in Asian markets.
Pulp prices have seen their share of spikes over the years. 2011 brought with it the industry’s highest price point in 30 years, only to be usurped in 2015. Currently, the price of wood pulp is forecasted to rise at an estimated annualized rate of 5.1% leading up to and through 2019.
Rewinders are an essential part of any tissue converting operation, and their performance largely drives production success. Three- and 4-roll configurations are the current options for rewinders, and each enjoys popularity in the field. As more and more converters gain comparative experience between the two types, however, they are discovering the significant advantages a 4-roll rewinder offers. These advantages generally center around improved roll control and well-designed winding geometry.
Between June 25 and 29 this year, more than a dozen leaders in tissue converting technology are gathering in Lucca, Italy, for the 3rd annual iT’s Tissue event. Lauded as among the most reputable product showcases and networking opportunities in the industry, iT’s Tissue 2018 bills itself as “a journey through technological excellence made in Italy,” and it’s sure not to disappoint.