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Shawano Specialty Papers starts up Toscotec-supplied Steel Yankee Dryer in USA

Shawano Specialty Papers starts up Toscotec-supplied Steel Yankee Dryer in USA
(From left to right): Michael Drage, President of Toscotec North America, and Michael Bogenschutz, Vice President and General Manager of Shawano Specialty Papers in front of PM3 at Shawano facility in Wisconsin, USA.

Shawano Specialty Papers, a division of Little Rapids Corporation, started up a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer supplied by Toscotec at their paper mill in Shawano, Wisconsin, USA. It replaced an existing cast iron dryer on PM3.

The new TT SYD has significantly increased PM3’s production capacity and is ensuring higher operation safety. Compared with the replaced cast iron Yankee, it is delivering substantial energy savings, which reduce the overall operating costs of the tissue machine.

Indisputable market leadership

Toscotec holds a large majority of the global market share of Steel Yankee Dryers boasting more than 260 TT SYD sold worldwide. Since its first Steel Yankee started up in 2000, TT SYD has been installed in every corner of the globe. It is now present in more than 45 countries across 5 continents, with a stronghold in Europe where it holds close to 95% of the market share. With this successful start-up, it strengthens its position in the USA as undisputed Steel Yankee market leader.

Michael Bogenschutz, Vice President and General Manager of Shawano Specialty Papers, says “Toscotec provided excellent technical support throughout the entire project. Start-up of the new Yankee went smoothly, and the dryer is performing well. We are experiencing lower energy consumption and are seeing the potential for increased production efficiency.”

Michael Drage, President of Toscotec North America, Inc., says, “Our latest-generation design Steel Yankee delivers the highest possible drying efficiency in the tissue industry, which is of course a deal breaker for any tissue producer. We are happy to see that with this TT SYD Shawano Specialty Papers has gained a key competitive advantage to support their growth in North America.”

About Little Rapids Corporation

Founded by Charles Egan in 1947, it remains a family-owned business. The company’s core product lines serve the medical and beauty market segments, flexographic printing for a variety of packaging markets, and tissue, MG paper, and wet crepe paper for the specialty paper market. The company proudly employs over 450 people in its Green Bay and Shawano, Wisconsin locations. 

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