“World’s most modern” tissue R&D centre set to open next year Andritz says it will open the “world’s most modern research and development centre for tissue,” the PrimeLineTIAC Tis-sue Innovation and Application Center, at its Graz, Austria, location next March. The research centre boasts a state-of-the-art tissue produc-tion line, including laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and pro-cesses in the tissue sector. It is available to tissue producers and to suppliers, research and development companies, and universities. As well, customers and developers can conduct tests and trials under different con-ditions, for example to optimize fibres and furnish for a specif-ic product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption. The impact of variables such as stock preparation, chemicals, vacuum, machine clothing, press-ing, and drying with hot air and steam can all be measured and evaluated accurately, says the company. Customers can bring along their own team of specialists, or discuss and collaborate with Andritz experts from the R&D, stock preparation, machine design and engineering, automation and pumps departments. According to the company, final test runs for the centre are currently in progress. The various partners for this project include Albany Inter-national Corp., Danfoss Drives, Fibria, IBS Paper Performance Group, Nash, Södra, and Solenis. The PrimeLineTIAC is spon-sored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG as part of its R&D infrastructure promotion. Andritz says the PrimeLineTIAC has its own complete stock preparation line together with the approach flow system, and that many different kinds of pulp can be processed in one pro-duction line, which is split into a separate short fibre and long fibre line. All units are available in small industrial scale, “creat-ing an excellent environment for best possible fibre treatment and tests according to the individual needs of customers and products,” notes the technology company. Meanwhile, the tissue pro-duction line promises to offer “utmost flexibility” for the pro-duction of conventional, tex-tured, and structured (TAD) tissue, featuring eight configu-rations that are also available on the market as single-machine concepts. Flexible monitoring and controlling of the configurations as well as the stock prepa-ration system, including alarm management, online documenta-tion, and eco-monitoring, are made possible by PrimeControl automation hardware and software, says Andritz. As a result, customers can run trials with what could poten-tially be their future machine configurations. With a design speed of 2,500 m/min and a sheet width of 600 mm, the machine can be operated with a suction press roll or a shoe press, a regular CrescentFormer or a vertical CrescentFormer, and with a 16 foot. steel Yankee or two 14 foot. TAD drums. The pumping systems are highly automated and are moni-tored to not only control operations, but also gather and report important process data under different operating conditions, it adds. Fortress Paper’s Yvon Pelletier to retire After 36 years in the forestry industry, including nearly five years at Fortress Paper, Yvon Pelletier retired from the company on October 1. Reassuming the role of president and CEO is Chadwick Wasilenkoff, in addition to his current position as chairman of the board. Wasilenkoff is the founder and served as president and CEO from June 2006 to September 2015. He has founded, financed and held executive and board positions with several publicly traded companies in Canada. He also sits on the board of the deans advisory at the University of British Columbia. www.pulpandpapercanada.com “I would like to thank the whole team at Fortress for sharing these past five years of my career with me. With the addition of Giovanni Iadeluca to Thurso’s operations and Mr. Wasilenkoff’s full-time involvement, I am confident that I am leaving the company in good hands for the next stage of improvement and growth,” Pelletier said. Pelletier was named CEO of Fortress Paper on Oct. 1, 2015. He previously held the position of president of Fortress Specialty Cellulose since February 2013. Prior to joining Fortress Paper, Pelletier was the executive vice-president of Tembec. New Cascades plant to produce PRO towel, tissue products Cascades has inaugurated its new 284,000-square-foot tissue converting facility in Scappoose, Ore. “The Scappoose facility will also allow us to increase our converting capacity and integration rate as we will be using tissue paper produced at our St.-Helens plant located just eight miles away,” said Mario Plourde, Cascades president and CEO. The new US$64-million plant — which manufactures towel and tissue products under the Cascades PRO brand — is equipped with “best-in-class converting lines, high-speed rewinders and folders, and one of the fastest bath lines in the world,” Cascades says. The line includes hand towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, kitchen roll towels, facial tissue, wipers and dispensers. The plant is estimated to produce nearly six million cases per year of virgin and recycled bathroom tissue products and paper hand towels. Fall 2017 PULP & PAPER CANADA 7 CNW Group/Cascades Inc.