MP hygiene selects Toscotec to supply a second tissue line at its Annonay mill in France, scheduled for start-up in 2024; new AHEAD 2.2 (PM2) will be supplied on a turnkey basis, with capacity of 38,000 tpy

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October 13, 2022 (press release) –

MP hygiène has selected Toscotec for the supply of its second tissue line at Annonay mill in France. Scheduled for start-up in 2024, the new AHEAD 2.2 (PM2) will be supplied on a turnkey basis. This is Toscotec’s second turnkey supply to MP hygiène, following PM1 that came online in 2012.

Innovative low-carbon design and high flexibility 
The high performance machine has a sheet trim width of 2,800 mm, a design speed of 2,200 m/min and a capacity of 38,000 tpy. Equipped with Toscotec’s winning combination of latest design shoe press TT NextPress and TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer, this AHEAD 2.2 will also be the first high speed machine in the tissue industry to feature an entirely electrical air system with three stages of heat recovery. Toscotec’s high efficiency TT Hoods are equipped with both natural gas fueled burners and electric heaters. The air system is designed to offer three efficient operation modes: gas-heated, electrically heated and a combination of the two, to ensure maximum flexibility in the choice of energy sources based on availability, cost, and carbon footprint. In full electrical configuration, MP hygiène will eliminate the direct carbon emissions linked to the hood drying process.

Turnkey supply for the highest performance guarantees 
The supply includes the stock preparation system featuring two complete lines, one for virgin wood fibres and one for waste paper specifically designed to feed both PM1 and PM2, as well as a machine broke line to maximize fiber recovery. Toscotec will supply its patented TT SAF® DD (Short Approach Flow system with Double Dilution), fiber recovery and water clarification systems, the complete tissue line with electrification and controls, as well as dust and mist removal systems. The scope includes mechanical erection, dismantling and repositioning of key equipment shared between PM1 and PM2, erection supervision, training, commissioning, and start-up assistance. 

Christopher Colin, COO of MP hygiène, says: “We trust Toscotec is the right partner for our strategic expansion project, based on their proven capabilities managing complex turnkey operations and their focus on innovation. Toscotec’s turnkey expertise and experience allows them to offer us the flexibility we need to achieve our growth targets”.

Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec’s Sales Manager, says: “Ten years after the start-up of PM1, Toscotec is very pleased to partner again with MP hygiène on a highly technological project. This innovative electrical air system will offer them a key tool to continue on their current path of decarbonisation. To optimize the use of resources, we also designed the layout and turnkey supply of PM2 as perfectly integrated with PM1”.

About MP hygiène
Founded by the Miribel family in 1965, the business evolved into MP hygiène under the leadership of Marc Miribel in 1992. Today it is the largest French manufacturer of pure cotton wadding paper labelled Origine France Garantie, as well as producer of non-woven wipes, soaps, and hand hygiene solutions. It operates 4 facilities in the Ardèche department in southern France, including Annonay Pupil paper mill which has a total manufacturing capacity of 60,000 tpy of paper refills for the professional market, round products (hand towels rolls, industrial rolls, toilet paper), and flat products (hand towels).

For further information, please contact:
Riccardo Gennai, Sales Manager, Toscotec Tissue division, riccardo.gennai@toscotec.com 

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