Specialty paper producer Cartiere di Guarcino starts up Toscotec-rebuilt PM in Italy
Italian specialty paper manufacturer Cartiere di Guarcino has started up PM2 at its Guarcino paper mill after a successful rebuild of the forming and press sections supplied by Toscotec. PM2 produces high-quality decor specialty papers.
The rebuild achieved its dual target of paper quality improvement and production increase. Firstly, the project ensured improved fiber distribution in Cross Direction (CD) by guaranteeing the efficient operation of the shaking system. As a result, Toscotec delivered enhanced formation and paper quality. Secondly, the press section rebuild increased post-press dryness, leading to a production capacity increase.
A fully customized rebuild
Based on the analysis of PM2’s operating conditions, Toscotec delivered a fully customized design solution applying both Toscotec’s and Voith’s technology in the forming and press sections. In the forming section, Toscotec installed a customized breast roll and Voith’s FloatBearings to enhance paper formation by boosting the performance of an existing shaking unit. It installed Voith’s EdgeMasters on the forming wire to deliver optimal paper web edge, as well as successfully operationalized a new wire stretcher and tail cutting unit. In the press section, the rebuild consisted in the installation of a new second nip with associated felt run, the overhauling of the hydraulic system, and a customized technological doctoring system equipped with savealls to improve water removal.
Simone Principia, Plant Manager of Cartiere di Guarcino, says: “Thanks to the good teamwork between Toscotec, Voith and CDG technicians, the start-up went very smoothly, and we continue to see performance improvements even beyond our expectations. The fully tailor-made technological solutions provided by Toscotec have increased PM2’s production and set a higher standard of quality, which is key for our customers.”
Enrico Fazio, Sales Director of Toscotec’s Paper & Board division, says: “The synergy with Voith was very successful on this rebuild, where we implemented the best tailor-made solution for Cartiere di Guarcino. In the high-end segment of decor papers, they are now fully equipped to meet the market’s demanding requirements, thanks to their solid papermaking capability.”
About Cartiere di Guarcino S.p.A.
Cartiere di Guarcino, part of Neodecortech Group, is an Italian manufacturer of decor specialty papers operating a production facility in Guarcino, Frosinone. It specializes in high quality products for application in office and home furniture and laminate flooring, including unicolours, print base papers, backer papers and underlays. In line with its sustainability-focused strategy, the paper mill uses electrical and thermal energy produced by Bio Energia Guarcino, a carbon-free cogeneration plant fuelled by animal fats and vegetable oil residues.
Sales Director, Paper & Board division Toscotec