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Valmet to deliver seventh tissue line to Papel San Francisco

Valmet to deliver seventh tissue line to Papel San Francisco
Mexican tissue producer Fábrica de Papel San Francisco S.A. (Papel San Francisco) is expanding its tissue production capacity with a seventh tissue machine delivery from Valmet (photo courtesy Papel San Francisco).

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it has been selected to supply an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue production line to Fábrica de Papel San Francisco S.A. (Papel San Francisco) in Mexico. The new TM 10 machine marks the seventh tissue line delivery and will be installed at the company's mill in Mexicali.

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Mexican tissue producer Papel San Francisco started up its first tissue machine in 1982. Since then the company has grown steadily and currently has seven tissue machines in operation with a combined annual capacity of 210 000 tonnes of tissue products

Meet demand growth

Five of these are five Valmet lines, started up between 2006 and 2020. TM 9 is under delivery and will start up in 2024, while the announced order of TM 10 will be delivered in 2025, marking Valmet’s seventh delivery to Papel San Francisco.

To meet the increasing demand for tissue products we need to grow our capacity. The previously installed tissue lines from Valmet have served us well and allow us to run at maximum speed to get the output we need. Our operators are familiar with the machine concept, and it is easy to operate. Therefore, it was a natural choice to select an Advantage DCT line again, said Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Operational Director, Papel San Francisco.

Startup in 2025

The new TM 10 machine will be installed at the company’s mill in Mexicali and the start-up is planned for the second quarter of 2025. Start-up and commissioning are included in the delivery, the total value of which has not been disclosed.

The new tissue machine, an Advantage DCT 100TS, will have a width of 2.8 m and a design speed of 2 200 m/min. It will add another 30 000 tonnes of tissue paper per year to Papel San Francisco’s current production of toilet tissue, kitchen towels, and napkins.

The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machine will also feature the well-proven Advantage tissue technology including a ViscoNip press, an AirCap hood, and the WetDust dust system.

It has been an exciting experience to participate in Papel San Francisco’s impressive growth journey as a supplier. They always pay attention to details and expect the best. We are convinced that we will have another successful project together, said Jan Larsson, Director of Sales, Tissue Mills, North America, Valmet.

The upcoming delivery of TM 10 in 2025 will also mark another milestone for Valmet as it features the 100th ViscoNip press that Valmet has delivered to customers globally over the years.

The press has been recognized among tissue producers for its unique flexibility, uniformity, energy-saving capability, and high-quality tissue paper.

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