A new tissue line adds 60,000 tons/year of high quality tissue paper to the current production of facial, toilet, napkin and towel per year at one Mexican mill. Valmet supplied the Advantage DCT 200TS to Kimberly Clark de México S.A.B. de C.V., for its Bajío mill in San Juan del Rio, Mexico. The Bajío mill now operates four tissue machines, including two from Valmet, to produce structured tissue products on seven lines.

The tissue machine has a width of 17.72' (5.4 m) and a design speed of 6,562 ft/min (2,000 m/min) and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality. Valmet's delivery included a complete tissue production line, including a stock preparation system and the tissue machine equipped with Valmet's OptiFlo headbox and a cast-alloy Yankee cylinder. Other features include a ViscoNip press, an AirCap hood with air and heat recovery system, and a SoftReel reel with center-wind assist.

Valmet's project scope included basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation, as well as the installation supervision, training and commissioning of the new tissue line. The delivery also included an automation package from Metso with the process control system. The project was started in 2013. 

"We are pleased with the overall execution and startup of the Bajío machine 4. Our internal team of project engineers developed the site, oversaw engineering, procurement and machine installation with very good support from Valmet throughout the process. The machine is currently operating as expected after a very short startup curve, thanks to the strong involvement by Valmet and the mill's manufacturing staff," says Bernardo Aragón, Kimberly Clark de Mexico's operations director.