Metso Valmet Tissue Line Successfully Started Up at Fabrica De Papel San Francisco in MexicoThe world’s first Advantage NTT tissue line has been successfully started up in Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s mill in Mexicali, Mexico. The Advantage NTT concept is Metso's technology for producing premium-quality textured tissue with high bulk and softness using less energy and fiber. Its designed-in flexibility makes it possible to easily switch production from conventional to textured tissue. It can be operated by virgin or recycled fiber.

The new line is Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s third tissue machine supplied by Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet. After the first months, the machine is already operating at high speed producing premium quality tissue with high bulk and softness.

The scope of supply comprised a complete 8.53’ (2.6-m) wide Advantage NTT tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox; a Metso Yankee cylinder; an Advantage AirCap yankee hood; sheet control; tail-threading equipment; an Advantage WetDust dust management system; and an Advantage SoftReel reel.

The new tissue line will add another 33069.3 short tons (30,000 tonnes) per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s existing production. Fabrica De Papel San Francisco already operates two Advantage DCT tissue machines at their Mexicali facility, one of which started up in 2006 and the other in 2009. The company’s PM 4 set a then world-speed record of 7086.614 ft/min (2,160 m/min) in 2009, and their PM 5 achieved a record-breaking rapid startup in 2009.

“We are very excited about the successful start-up, and the Advantage NTT technology has indeed met our high expectations. We strongly believe that this flexible concept will change the way tissue will be produced in the future. So far we have tested a large amount of different grades and basis weights, in both plain and textured mode, all with good result. We have actually set some production records with the new NTT concept,” says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, director of operations, Fabrica de Papel San Francisco.