Tissue manufacturer Fripa relies on integrated solutions from Voith

In the growing international tissue paper market, paper manufacturers focus on the reliability of equipment and its technical innovations.

author: Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

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Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

Growing market – growing demands

With demand constantly rising, not only must energy-efficient and resource-saving production be ensured, but increasing customer demands also require the highest quality standards. This is also the case with the tissue manufacturer Fripa in Miltenberg.


Interplay of quality and technology still convinces today

Highest product quality for papers and their packaging has always been the top priority for the German tissue manufacturer. Voith’s overall concept of innovative technology and optimal operating costs was one of the decisive factors that led Fripa to award the contract for delivery of the new TM 7 in July 2013. A key point was the optimal complementation of quality and technology and the mutual understanding of these values in a sustainable partnership.
Today, we can look back on many years of trusting and successful cooperation. “Our success is the result of hard work and a long-standing cooperation based on partnership”, explains Verena Queck-Glimm, Executive Partner at Fripa. “With the innovative and energy-efficient technology of the TM 7, we ensure the best quality standard of our products in a highly competitive environment.”


Our tailor-made measuring and diagnostic services have been specially developed for the requirements of paper production


Innovative technologies combined

The TM 7 bundles decades of manufacturing experience of the Heidenheim-based paper machine manufacturer across the entire tissue production process. Voith supplied the complete production line – stock preparation, approach flow system, tissue machine including auxiliaries, electrification, automation and engineering of the entire plant. The scope was rounded off with all installation and commissioning services, as well as a clothing package covering several years. The result of the complete package was a highly efficient tissue machine that produced the first toilet paper in November 2014 after 16 months of project duration and achieved a maximum speed of 2,100 m/min only a few months after startup. The TM 7 is thus one of the most efficient and fastest machines in the world, reliably ensuring the high quality of Fripa products. Today, the TM 7, with working width of 2,700 mm, produces a sophisticated range of hygiene papers – from absorbent cleaning and kitchen towels to soft toilet papers based on 100% chlorine-free pulp.


The guarantees for success

The NipcoFlex T shoe press and Yankee cylinder EvoDry Y enable high speeds with reduced energy consumption. Even after the press section, an increased dry content is achieved, which reduces the need for thermal energy by up to 20%. Innovative solutions also offer advantages in the area of spray mist minimization. “With the Voith LowMist Former, we succeed in producing high-quality tissue products in a dry and clean environment”, says Christoph Maaß, Production Manager of the TM 7. “Compared with active vapor extraction systems, the LowMist Former is a very smart solution. Without using any additional energy, the steam is removed from the crescent former. The TM 7 operators appreciate the user friendliness and dry ambient conditions.”


Partnership with a promising future

“Fripa is a very important partner in the field of tissue. We are available to the industry as a solution provider to jointly implement innovative and sustainable concepts that give our customers the decisive competitive advantage”, says Martin Jauch, Senior Vice President Tissue at Voith.
The signs point to partnership in the future as well. The new Managing Director, Jan Wohlbold, assumed responsibility at the Miltenberg location in October 2019. “We look forward to shaping the future together and to having Voith at our side as the competent partner in the paper industry”, confirms Jan Wohlbold. “The digital solutions can also reveal interesting potential for our tissue production process.”


Visiting Fripa (from left to right): Verena Queck-Glimm, Executive Partner, Fripa Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG;
Jan Wohlbold, Managing Director, Fripa Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG;
Martin Jauch, Senior Vice President Tissue, Voith Paper and
Marcus Schwier, Vice President Sales Tissue EMEA, Voith Paper.


About the Voith Group

The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe. The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, components and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers solutions from one single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production. With its Servolution concept, Voith offers its customers tailored service solutions for all sections of the production process. Voith Papermaking 4.0 ensures that equipment is optimally connected, while the secure use of generated data enables paper manufacturers to improve plant availability and efficiency.


About Fripa

The roots of Fripa Papierfabrik reach back to 1911, when Hermann Friedrich founded a “paper processing company” in Berlin, Germany. Already taken over by his sons Albert and Kurt in 1932, the new Fripa paper factory (short for Friedrich Papier) was finally established in Miltenberg in 1948 under the management of Albert Friedrich. Fripa stands for high-quality hygiene papers that meet the constantly growing demands for hygiene in modern society. Today the company is a sought-after partner in the international hygiene paper market and is known for its particular flexibility and reliability. Thanks to its extensive experience, Fripa offers the trade products that are mature in every respect. This is complemented by a grown understanding of markets and people – and the passion to constantly rethink tissue paper.


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