Specialty paper manufacturer Cartiere di Guarcino selected Toscotec for the rebuild of PM2 at its Guarcino paper mill near Frosinone in Italy. The project is scheduled for December 2022.
The rebuild consists of the modification of the paper machine’s forming and press sections with installation of both Toscotec’s and Voith’s technology. In the forming section, the supply of a customized breast roll and Voith’s FloatBearings will substantially enhance paper formation by boosting the performance of an existing shaking unit. Secondly, the installation of Voith’s EdgeMasters on the forming wire will deliver optimal paper web edge. Finally, the rebuild of the Fourdrinier section will be completed by a new wire stretcher and tail cutting unit.
In the press section, Toscotec will supply an additional press nip with associated felt run, the overhauling of the hydraulic system, and a technological doctoring system equipped with savealls to improve water removal. PM2’s press rolls will be equipped with polyurethane covers customized by Voith for each position: an AquaFlow cover on the first nip to minimize shadow marking and a SolarPress cover on the second and third nips to optimize dewatering. The service package of the rebuild includes erection supervision, commissioning, and start-up assistance.
The project has a twofold purpose of enhancing paper quality and increasing production capacity. By ensuring the shaking system’s efficient operation, the rebuild will increase fibres orientation in cross direction and deliver a more homogeneous distribution. This will result in better formation and improved paper quality. The modification of the press section will boost post-press drying rate, leading to a production increase.
Simone Principia, Plant Manager of Cartiere di Guarcino, says: “This investment fits into the growth strategy of Neodecortech Group. Cartiere di Guarcino is set to increase production performance through a fully customized technological solution. We aim to raise the bar on product quality and achieve the utmost differentiation in the high-end market of decor papers.”
Enrico Fazio, Sales Director of Toscotec’s Paper & Board division, says: “On this new project, we have achieved a very strong synergy with Voith and were able to meet the favour of Cartiere di Guarcino by including both Toscotec’s and Voith’s highly technological solutions. In the spirit of great flexibility that defines Toscotec, we devised a tailor-made solution for their unique and demanding market segment. Cartiere di Guarcino certainly has all the papermaking skills to realize the full potential of our technology.”
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.