Founded in the interior of Santa Catarina, in the municipality of Três Barras, Mili S.A. today is a source of pride for Brazil. It is among the largest tissue paper manufacturers in Latin America, and one of the only factories in all of Latin America with an installed capacity reaching 200 thousand tons/year. “Today, we are proud to say that we have the largest paper conversion on a single site in Latin America,” said Valdemar Lissoni, President of Mili.
Rewinders are an essential part of any tissue converting operation, and their performance largely drives production success. The current 3- and 4-roll rewinder configurations are both popular in the field.
However, as converters gain comparative experience they are discovering significant advantages in using 4-roll rewinders, particularly as it relates to improved roll control and exceptional winding geometry design.
Let’s briefly explore some of the benefits a 4-roll rewinder could provide to your operation.
Facial tissue. Hand towels. Napkins. Folded tissue products remain in demand. Growth rates in North America are projected at 1.8% annually through 2025, and away-from-home (AFH) product trends point to a 2.3% increase during that same timeframe.
As few as 20 years ago, tissue embossing was mainly considered a volume-generating process. There were one or two design engravings available, both of which had a mechanical function — creating volume for rolled tissue product packs. Customers chose one or the other engraving pattern. There was no differentiation on the shelf.
In the ensuing years, tissue embossing transitioned from mainly functional to mainly aesthetic. As competition ramped up within the tissue industry, so did the number and type of embossing designs. Tissue manufacturers clamored for exclusive engravings and most were obliged. However, the focus on aesthetic designs came at the expense of the mechanical paper characteristics. Beautifully embossed rolled products pleased the eye, but were often scratchy, flimsy, and non-absorbent.
Packaging is a constant need, yet a market of shifting dynamics. Current trends could be — and have been — replaced by more popular iterations. Changes in packaging standards necessitate change in materials and/or processes.
Such shifting priorities can complicate packaging equipment selection. How do tissue converters confidently choose wrappers and bundlers that have the core package formats to meet current market demand, yet also have the flexibility to adapt to future roll product needs?
Fabio Perini is no stranger to technology. As a leader in the tissue industry, we’ve innovated Industry 4.0 artificial intelligence-based solutions that target specific customer needs.
Our global Tissue Performance Center data scientists are able to continuously collect, and analyze production line performance data. In turn, the data is used to provide information on the status of machines and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) for customers throughout the world — from one remote location.
COVID-19 has changed the global conversation around pandemics and how the world responds to them. While each country grapples with the far-reaching and still largely unknown impact of COVID-19, manufacturers — including those within the tissue industry — are dealing with a new and hopefully temporary normal that is upending business growth.
Global events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to unfold, serving as a reminder of the often unexpected and rapid course of change. Moving forward is complicated but necessary. It’s prompted U.S. government officials to designate certain organizations as essential to public health and the greater good. North Carolina-based Cardinal Tissue, a newer converting company, is one such operation.
Convenient and versatile, tissue products remain highly sought after throughout the world for away from home (AFH) applications. Tissue manufacturers and converters must manage the constant demand by adapting to the range of needs in ways that make sense from both a business and a production perspective.
Embossed toilet rolls, kitchen towels, and AFH products are popular throughout the world. The aesthetic appeal and enhanced features provided by embossing capture customers’ attention, and gives tissue manufacturers opportunities to differentiate their products on the shelf.