LC Paper's tissue mill in Besalú, Spain, receives PPI's Efficiency Improvements of the Year award for slashing energy usage, cutting costs and carbon emissions, through collaboration with Milltech

LUCCA, Italy , November 22, 2011 (press release) – LC Paper of Besalú, Girona in Spain has received the PPI Award for Efficiency Improvements of the Year, thanks to a collabration with Milltech, a Faper Group company, which saw the tissue mill squeeze its energy costs to just over half the typical cost of running a tissue machine in Europe.

Mill manager Joan Vila received the award at a ceremony in Brussels last week. The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

Joan Vila said, ” We at LC Paper knew that the tissue machine hood held the key to the most meaningful potential energy savings, so we sat down with Milltech’s directors Dario Bianchini and Luca Linari with a blank sheet of paper to discuss just how we could operate our tissue machine as efficiently as possible from an energy point of view, and integrate most effectively with our cogeneration facility.”

Luca Linari added: “The brief moments the web spends between the yankee cylinder and hood are particularly influential when it comes to energy performance.”

LC Paper is in the vanguard of tissue mills increasing the weight of the tissue it produces and consequently reducing the number of plies. By changing from two 17 gsm plies to one of 30 gsm, the mill has been able to reduce its raw material consumption by 12 percent, and energy use by 39 percent. As a consequence, carbon emissions have dropped as has the use of chemical additives, which has helped cut NOx levels.

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