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Posted By: Mar 26, 2018
WaterLoupe tracks data on social, economic and climate factors impacting water availability within river basins and displays the information on a highly visual, user-friendly dashboard. The tool allows users to assess water risks for an entire watershed as well as specific sectors and sub-groups, such as industrial users, farmers and households, over a 30-year time horizon. Deltares developed the dashboard based on a study of the Aburrá and Cauca Valley catchment areas in Colombia, where Kimberly-Clark operates manufacturing facilities.

"Clean water is one of the world's most essential natural resources. It's also a key input to Kimberly-Clark's tissue-making operations, and several of our mills are located in watersheds at high risk for water scarcity," said Lisa Morden, global head of sustainability at Kimberly-Clark. "We recognize that the communities surrounding mills experiencing water stress have important social needs as well, so engagement at the local community level will help stakeholders leverage this tool and see the factors driving water risk and explore sustainable stewardship strategies."

In Colombia, Kimberly-Clark is employing WaterLoupe to engage government authorities, farmers and other industries in discussions regarding local water use and vulnerabilities now and in the future. Designed as an open-source tool, the WaterLoupe dashboard can be expanded to include information requested by stakeholders. "Ultimately, we hope to use this system to test the impact of different water management approaches on local water supply and consumption," said Morden.

Kimberly-Clark plans to use the WaterLoupe tool in the high-risk river basins where it operates manufacturing facilities by 2022. In the coming months, the company and Deltares will present the dashboard to their NGO partners and other manufacturers to obtain feedback on its functionality and content and identify further improvements.

The introduction of WaterLoupe is the latest step in Kimberly-Clark's global water risk management program. In recent years, the company has:

Invested in water recycling systems which have reduced the volume of freshwater used in its manufacturing operations by nearly 35 million cubic meters between 2010 and 2016.
Conducted a water screening assessment to determine which operations are at high risk for water stress, and initiated watershed analyses and target setting for water-stressed locations.
Begun engagement of NGO partners and key stakeholders in the development of sustainable water management plans at the local level.

Posted By: Mar 20, 2018
The company announced today a new “greenfield” investment for an integrated plant (tissue production and converting facilities) in Oklahoma. The new production site will be located in Inola, Rogers County, near the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thanks to its South-Central position in the US, the area offers well-established logistics as well as affordable sources of energy and an expert workforce.

“I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the US significantly, being the American market one of the crucial ones for our Group” commented Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel Group.

"Sofidel will build here a new, modern integrated plant to serve the South-Central and Central-Western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012 and we have been growing year after year at a very fast pace. I would like to thank all the partners that have supported us in making this new project, they have played an integral role in helping us achieve this goal".

The investment refers to the installation of two tissue paper machines for an overall production capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year each, with related converting lines.

One machine will be dedicated mainly to toilet tissue production, while the second one will be used mostly to produce towels.

As a whole, Sofidel is committed to investing $ 360 million over three years (2018 – 2019 – 2020).

The facilities building is expected to start in March 2018 and will be completed by Q2 2020, while the converting lines and the warehouse functions will be in place by the end of Q2 2019.

The new production plant, once completed, will employ 300 full-time workers.

Posted By: Feb 23, 2018
ATLANTA, Feb. 22 – The following individuals have been named 2018 TAPPI Fellows and will be honored during the annual PaperCon conference in Charlotte, NC, USA. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a small percentage of TAPPI’s membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the Association.

Anitra Collins, Graphic Packaging International, member since 2011, retiring Board Member
Margaret Gorog, International Paper, member since 1990
Marko Hakovirta, North Carolina State University, member since 2011, retiring Board Member
Bruce Janda, InnovaSpec, member since 1980
Prakash Malla, Thiele Kaolin, member since 1992
Al Osgood, Sappi North America, member since 1984
Steve Ottone, Omya, member since 1985
Nancy Plowman, Nancy Plowman Consulting, member since 1990
Ed Robie, Retired, member since 1984

Each year, the Association may elect members as TAPPI Fellows in recognition of meritorious service to the Association and the industry. The title Fellow is also conferred upon TAPPI Board chairs, vice chairs, and directors at the end of their terms of office, and upon Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Awardees and Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Recipients.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the TAPPI Fellows. To formally celebrate this prestigious group, TAPPI is moving the festivity from a luncheon to a dinner that will take place at the Westin Hotel Charlotte on Sunday, April 15, 2018 beginning at 6:15 p.m. EDT.

For more information, please contact Mary Beth Cornell, or +1-770-209-7210.
Posted By: Feb 12, 2018
Tissue Italy President Massimo Franzaroli said: “Marco has been a strong contributor to the creation and success of It’s Tissue as a representative of one of the network members – Futura. He was therefore the natural candidate for this important new post – a strategic executive role in the Tissue Italy organisation. I, along with the other board members and the whole network of Tissue Italy, am delighted he has accepted.”

It’s Tissue, with its third edition taking place this June, has established itself as the definitive showcase of Italian excellence in a unique open-house format. A senior executive was a natural evolution to ensure the continued development and success of the Tissue Italy network and It’s Tissue.

Marco Dell’Osso said: “I have been committed to Tissue Italy and It’s Tissue from their birth in 2012. We now have a world-class event without parallel, but to grow we need to evolve. The new role I am honoured to accept shows the commitment of all the network members to growth and innovation.” 

It’s Tissue 2018 will take place 25-29 June 2018 in Lucca, Bologna, Lecco and Reggio Emilia. Visitors from at least 70 countries are expected to witness game-changing technology up close and personal from 12 of the leading technology companies in the sector, while enjoying Italy’s renowned hospitality.
Posted By: Jan 23, 2018

Tissue World 2018 Conference and Exhibition Returns to Miami March 20-23

North America ‘s largest tissue industry event to draw over 3,000 attendees from 50 countries

MIAMI BEACH (Jan. 22, 2018) — Tissue World Miami 2018 is slated to be the first global exhibition in 2018 to be staged at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center from March 20-23. This is the ninth edition of the four-day conference (March 20-23) and trade show (March 21-23) to be held in North America and the eighth time the event has come to South Florida.

The three-day exhibition attracts over 200 companies from 21 countries to showcase the latest products and technologies in the tissue business. Exhibiting companies hail from Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

The biennial event has more than 500 attendees already registered from over 50 countries, and a total of over 3,000 attendees are expected to spread their attention between visiting the show and attending conference sessions. 

More than 40 experts from across the tissue business’ value and supply chains are to share industry insights and expert knowledge during the four-day conference. In addition to current industry dynamics, business drivers such as shifts in global trade, big-data integration, economic and population trends will be critically examined during the Business & Management Day on March 20, to provide attendees a comprehensive understanding of interdependencies in today’s market through a broader perception of the state of the tissue industry.

In addition to the exhibition and conference, the coveted Tissue World magazine Mill Awards will be presented during the event. Winners of the Most Energy Aware Mill Award and Best Tissue Marketing Strategy Award will be announced at Tissue World Miami's Gala Dinner on March 21.

"2018 is a special year for Tissue World, as we are celebrating the event's Silver Jubilee," said Agnes Gehot, deputy event director for Tissue World. "A variety of networking and social functions surrounding Tissue World's Silver Jubilee are scheduled at the beautiful renovated Miami Beach Convention Center and Gala Dinner at the Temple House, an iconic art deco property on Miami Beach."
For more information about Tissue World Miami 2018, visit these links.
Exhibitor List
Conference Agenda

Tissue World Miami is part of the Tissue World international tissue industry event portfolio, established in 1993. The portfolio includes trade shows and conferences serving the tissue industry in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Tissue World publishes Tissue World magazine, the independent news resource for the global tissue business.

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Posted By: Dec 29, 2017
Chemists at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Sustainable Chemistry research priority area, together with colleagues from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University, have published the first techno-economic analysis of converting waste toilet paper into electricity. In the journal Energy Technology, they propose a two-step process and calculate a cost per kWh comparable to that of residential photovoltaic installations.

Waste toilet paper (WTP) is not often considered an asset. In fact, most people usually prefer not to think about it at all. Yet it is a rich source of carbon, containing 70–80 wt percent of cellulose on a dry basis. On average, people in Western Europe produce 10–14 kg waste toilet paper per person per year. Accumulating in municipal sewage filters, it is a modest yet significant part of municipal waste.

At the same time, waste toilet paper is a businessman's dream because it is one of the few raw materials with a negative cost. While this may vary across countries and regions, in the Netherlands wastewater treatment facilities pay around 70 €/ton to get rid of WTP. It is therefore an extremely attractive resource since people will actually pay you to take it off their hands.

Being such 'true waste," WTP offers a great opportunity for closing loops, increasing resource efficiency and creating a truly circular economy. For the UvA's chemists, using WTP as a resource for generating electricity therefore 'the ultimate waste recycling concept." The Amsterdam region alone generates some 10.000 tons of WTP per year, enough to power 6400 homes.

What's more, since the cellulose in WTP comes from trees, the electricity produced is renewable. This offers a great opportunity for matching society's demand for renewable energy. Renewable resources often show discontinuous peaks. Plant stems can be recycled, but only after the harvest; sunlight is available in the daytime (and depends on cloud cover); and wind supply is as predictable as the weather. Waste toilet paper, however, is a continually available resource.

The Amsterdam-Utrecht research project, led by UvA professors Gadi Rothenberg and Bob van de Zwaan of the UvA's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, proposed a simple two-step process for the conversion of WTP, creating a direct route from unwanted waste to a useful product. Master's student Els van der Roest examined the possibility of combining devices for the gasification of WTP (step 1) with high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) able to directly convert the WTP-gas into electricity.

The project's goal was to assess the feasibility of such a WTP-to-electricity system at a scale of 10.000 ton WTP per year, based on real-life parameter values. Using techno-economic analysis methods, the team presented a basic process design, an overall energy balance and an economic study for this concept. Data for the experiments and calculations were obtained in collaboration with the Amsterdam waste-to-energy company (afvalenergiebedrijf, AEB).

In an open-access paper published in the international peer-reviewed journal Energy Technology, the researchers present the basic system design, as well as its electricity yield and overall efficiency, based on detailed mass and energy balance calculations.

The overall electric efficiency is 57 percent, similar to that of a natural gas combined cycle plant. The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE, a measure used for consistent comparison of electricity generation methods) is 20.3¢/kWh. This is comparable at present to residential photovoltaic installations.

The system's capital costs are still relatively high, mainly due to the fuel cell investment costs. But these are expected to decrease as the market for fuel cells develops. The operating costs are relatively low, partly thanks to the high thermodynamic efficiency (ca. 70 percent). The researchers expect learning effects could make the system more competitive in future, with an LCOE of about 11 ¢/kWh.

The project team concludes that there is a future in turning waste toilet paper into electricity. "When we discuss these results with companies, people get very excited," says Prof. Rothenberg. However, no Dutch company or municipal authority has as yet been willing to invest in further development. The team is now considering taking their concept abroad: "We might see the first WTP-to-electricity plant being built in China," says Rothenberg.

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