Turkish tissue producer Essel Kâğıt’s new AHEAD 2.2L machine has exceeded its guaranteed production by a large margin and surpassed bulk and softness parameters. Supplied by Toscotec on a turnkey basis, PM3 had come online at Essel’s Osmaniye mill in Turkey in October 2021. After start-up, Toscotec has been providing continuous support to fine-tune the whole plant and achieve top performance.
Ahmet Temuroglu, Production Coordinator and Burak Ipek, Maintenance Manager at Essel Kâğit, say, “The target of our performance test was successfully accomplished with a production of 290.5 tpd on a 23 gsm towel grade at the speed of 1,810 m/min. We are now fully reaping the benefits of Toscotec’s first-in-class technology across our entire product range both for tissue quality and consumptions.”
Nicola Fontana, Senior Papermaker at Toscotec, says, “This double-width AHEAD line is delivering a high and stable performance. TT NextPress is offering good results of bulk and hand-feel even at maximum load on low basis weights, exceeding Essel Kâğıt’s strict quality standards.”
Andrea Rossi, Toscotec’s Commissioning Manager, says, “The performance test confirmed the machine’s low energy usage we had been monitoring including at the speed of 2,000 m/min. The total energy consumption is well below the guaranteed figure. The cooperation with Essel’s team was extraordinary and they did a fantastic job in getting the machine ready to achieve its top efficiency.”