Italian tissue manufacturer EuroVast fired up a new MODULO-PLUS tissue machine supplied by Toscotec at its Cartiera della Basilica paper mill in Villa Basilica, Lucca, Italy. PM5 is running efficiently at the speed of 1,600 m/min and since its start-up in February, it has exceeded the project’s production targets with excellent results in energy consumption.
The new line completely replaced the mill’s existing PM5, a suction breast roll machine. The sheet width is 2,770 mm and the production capacity is over 30,000 tpy. It is equipped with a single press TT BlindDrilledPressRoll, a TT SYD and gas-fired TT Hoods. PM5 produces toilet tissue, kitchen towels and napkins from 100% pre-dried virgin pulp. EuroVast also purchased a complete service package including dismantling operations, erection, training, commissioning, and start-up assistance.
This is a repeat order for Toscotec, who in 2015 supplied another MODULO-PLUS tissue line to EuroVast’s Cartiera della Basilica mill in Lugliano, near Lucca. This new line will increase the Group’s production capacity to 150,000 tons/year.
Vincenzo Romano, owner of EuroVast S.p.A., says, “EuroVast supports its growth by investing in advanced technology. We also want our growth to be sustainable for the environment that is why we keep our focus on energy efficiency. PM5 meets our standards for quality and production, and our energy consumption targets. We have worked with Toscotec for many years, today’s achievement is the outcome of the good cooperation between our teams.”
Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec, says, “Our partnership with EuroVast Group dates back over 20 years. That is why we are particularly pleased to see another Toscotec machine running efficiently at their mill today. EuroVast has very high standards of product innovation and quality and I believe that the performance and flexibility of this tissue line will meet their needs and serve as a key asset to support their growth in the market.”
About EuroVast S.p.A.
Founded in 1992, EuroVast is a Tuscan-based tissue producer headed by Vincenzo Romano and his son Umberto. It operates five tissue mills in Italy and three converting plants across Europe, one in Lucca (Italy), one in Oss (The Netherlands) and one in Liverpool (UK). EuroVast owns the renowned Fior di Carta, Suprema, Buffalo and Bravo brands that make up 40% of its sales revenues, while private labels account for 60% of its market. The Group employs about 300 staff and turns more than 170 million EUR (2019).