Martin Jauch, let’s start with your role and vision for the new tissue organization.
My goal is to concentrate on our tissue activities worldwide. This means putting a global focus in our development and simultaneously taking local customer needs and market trends into account and adding even more customer benefits. We will use our existing strengths and experience to further expand and increase our footprint in the tissue industry. Our digitalization drive alone secures a real value-add for our customers.
How will tissue customers benefit?
We are respected in our field as the reliable partner with a strong technology focus. Our new tissue organization will build on these strengths. The focus will be 100% on tissue, backed by the full potential of Voith’s expertise as the full-line supplier in the industry. We offer innovative solutions, products, service concepts and digital portfolio. By bundling our experience across the whole papermaking process for tissue, we are in a position to develop the market further together with our customers.
Voith is renowned as a full-line supplier not only for all paper, but also for all tissue applications. How has Voith built up such expertise and trust?
Voith built and sold the first-ever tissue machine worldwide! We have at our disposal unrivaled expertise at the Voith Tissue Innovation Center in Brazil. Our Fiber Technology Center in Germany covers all grades, as does our automation competence. Our domain knowledge doesn’t end there; it extends over fabrics, clothing and covers too. As the full-line supplier, we provide complete process competence from one single source. This is a huge benefit for our customers. Of all the tissue machines on the market, our XcelLine offers the fastest start-up, highest availability and shortest erection time.
Since 2015, customers from around the world have purchased over 25 XcelLine tissue machines. These were chosen by customers after their own due diligence evaluation of Voith machine efficiency, paper quality and low energy consumption. We also supplied the world’s fastest tissue machine with a steam-heated dryer hood. This TM 16 for Cheng Loong in Taiwan produces up to 2,001 meters of tissue every minute. It set new technical standards when it went into operation.
Tissue manufacturers will benefit from our digital twin