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.
Tissue converters around the country and across the globe are increasing capacity and ramping up production to meet consumer demand amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Some facilities report expediting production and operating 24/7 to meet consumers’ demands.
As the world deals with the effects – and potential effects – of the COVID-19 virus, we want to assure you about issues that are of concern to us all.
On the whole, fiber-based products are in demand. The global compound annual growth rate (CAGR) across segments is projected to crest an average of 2%, with the tissue market anticipated to see even higher percentages.1
The climb is encouraging for the tissue industry, but it’s not without complications. Several years of substantial fluctuations in hardwood and softwood pulp prices have impacted tissue product costs. As a result, tissue converters are seeking innovative ways to meet consumer demand and protect margins.
The tissue market is dynamic, and Tissue World Miami is exploring the possibilities of a new decade by asking, “Ready for Reinvention, Ripe for Disruption: Will the 20s Roar for Tissue?”
From March 11-13, over 200 global exhibitors will be on-hand at the Miami Beach Convention Center to give attendees a glimpse of the future — including Fabio Perini, along with sister Körber Solutions companies MTC, Engraving Solutions and Roll-Tec.
Consumers are driving change in the tissue industry. Well-established and emerging markets alike are pushing for new-and-different products, but they also remain sensitive to quality, performance, and price. As a result, recent trends in toilet tissue and paper toweling continue to skew toward product premiumization and private label expansion.
Downtime is a time-consuming and expensive disruption for tissue converters. It can be managed in some instances — such as for machine maintenance. By and large, though, downtime is a detriment that the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) estimates accounts for losses of up to $1.20 for every $20 in revenue.1
The digital transformation at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or, Industry 4.0) has introduced sweeping changes to the way manufacturing and business are done in the United States. It’s simply no longer enough for OEMs to offer products. They must think beyond standard one-off transactions to providing product-service integrations that deliver value in use.
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.