The MIAC Conferences

During the 3 days of Exhibition will take place several international Conferences dedicated to the paper and tissue sector. Participation in the Conferences is free of charge and simultaneous translation is available.


10 October 2018 – time 13.40/17.05 – MIAC 2018 Conference Room

Toward the Tissue Paper Mill 4.0

In an increasingly competitive international environment, tissue products have to be produced with increasing efficiency, promptly responding to market demands and new consumer needs. Moving in parallel with the production line, both of the paper mill and of the converting, we will face several critical points of the process presenting the best available technologies to increase performance, quality and process management.

  • Participation is free of charge
  • Simultaneous translation service is available






Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – Deputy Director General


Global/Western European Retail Tissue Trends
Stefano Botter – Senior Analyst


In this presentation, Euromonitor International will discuss the latest tissue trends in the retailing landscape including a comparison of sales across regions and uncover the best performing product areas and countries including future outlook and the penetration of private label.


PrimeLineTIAC – One machine, various configurations
Klaus Gissing – Director TIAC and Air & Energy Systems


The ANDRITZ PrimeLineTIAC Tissue Innovation and Application Center, in Graz, Austria, comprises a complete, state-of-the-art tissue production line, including laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and processes for the tissue industry. It is available to tissue producers and suppliers, research and development companies, and universities. The pilot tissue machine at the ANDRITZ Tissue Innovation and Application Center (TIAC) is, unlike any other in the world, offering the utmost flexibility: Dry-creped tissue can be produced on a vertical CrescentFormer with either a suction roll or shoe press (the PrimePress XT Evo, the latest shoe press technology available). Textured tissue can be produced by a new, patented Textured Module. For structured tissue, wet molding creates a 3D arrangement of the fibers that is preserved by means of Through-Air Drying (TAD), and Advanced TAD. The machine can be configured with different TAD arrangements to investigate impacts on energy consumption.
The PrimeLineTIAC has already proven to be a birthplace of new products and processes. A place were not only tissue producers, but also suppliers and R&D institutes can come to fine-tune their products.


Recent achievements in TAD technology
Marco Dalle Piagge – Sales Director


Structured tissue processes are nowadays entering an increasingly close connection with the request for premium paper quality and the need for reduced energy demand. Through Air Drying (TAD) is the main process for producing structured paper for tissue and towel grades, and although the quality is far more superior to conventional processes, the energy is still high compared to standard dry crepe technologies. The TAD process develops functional properties by molding the fiber mat into a structured fabric (TAD fabric). The resulting structured tissue product will have higher bulk and absorption due to air passing through the sheet forming a sheet with differentiated density areas. Although newer hybrid technologies have been recently introduced on the market, structured tissue technology still represents the reference process for the production of premium quality tissue. Latest developments in TAD process technology design can reduce the energy demand of the production maintaining unchanged the final quality targets, by means of energy recovery, reduced energy losses, improved dewatering. Water consumption can also be reduced by means of optimized water systems and fiber recovery units.


1+1=3. Combination of Pressing and heating technologies enables increased dryness, production and product quality

Arvid Johansson – Concept Manager, Dry Crepe Tissue


The introduction of the flexible Advantage ViscoNip press has changed the view of what pressing can achieve in the tissue making process. Today pressing is not only a way to remove water from the web. By utilizing the flexibility built in the adjustable pressing element you can significantly reduce drying energy and improve bulk, softness and uniformity. The ViscoNip press has become standard in new installations but has also proven to be a good way to save energy and increase capacity by rebuilds of existing tissue machines. The Advantage ReDry™ web heater use exhaust heat from the Yankee hood to increase the pressing temperature, reduce water viscosity and improve press dryness. Results from recent rebuilds of the pressing section have exceeded the expectations showing significant capacity increase and savings in drying energy as well as paper quality improvements. The key for the results comes from the synergy effect gained when combining the ViscoNip press and the ReDry web heater. The flexible press has a unique ability to adapt to the Yankee dryer shell and is boosted by the heating of the web which will increase post pressure consistency. Energy and production performances are controlled with the Valmet DNA DCS and monitored with the Energy Efficiency Monitoring and Historian applications. These features are fully integrated in the Valmet DNA platform with Industrial Internet advanced capabilities for data analysis, performance optimization and remote assistance. In this speech, we will explain the technology behind and bring examples of how the solution has been realized and what can be achieved.


Yankee Press Load Verification
Ian Padley – Tissue Applications Manager


There is normally a limit on the maximum linear load which can be applied to the Yankee dryer, around 90 kN/m. This is important because Yankee press load is a key element of the Yankee derate curve, which tells us how much internal steam pressure and how much linear press load the Yankee dryer is rated for. Beyond safety, the press load is important because the suction press roll is the most important dewatering point on a tissue machine. Operating at the highest uniform load allowable is important to energy cost and the reduction of greenhouse gases. Until recently, there were no efficient means of measuring press load, so tissue producers loaded the press to a calculated load curve, which might be 10, 20, or 30 years old without any idea of the actual load. Now, systems to directly measure the press load are being introduced to our industry. This is a significant safety enhancement and a technical advance. This paper will discuss a press load verification method which is both faster and more accurate than measurement systems currently being utilized, saving both machine downtime and improving the result.


OraTec FX, the Oradoc solution for the optimization of the creping process
Maurizio Tomei – Sales & Customer Service Manager


Tissue differs from all other types of paper for its multiple uses and it is characterized by great softness and absorption capacity of liquids. The creping process plays a fundamental role in obtaining these properties and it is carried out mainly by the action of a blade which, placed in contact with the rotating surface of the Yankee cylinder, detaches the sheet of paper. The variables that influence the creping process are numerous: fiber management and selection, percentage of paper sheet drying, coating characteristics, blade working angle and material, and many others. To efficiently interpret all the variables affecting the creping process from an objective point of view, the Oradoc R&D team developed the OraTec FX-20 measurement system. The new release of the online vibration monitoring system allows to monitor some variables of the creping process and it ensures the correct functioning of the Yankee cylinder, thus helping to prevent the onset of chatter marks. The characteristics of the new vibration monitoring system – together with the introduction of the remote control service, which provides 24/7 monitoring of the installed system by Oradoc specialized technicians – make it possible to achieve results of great added value for the customer, improving the knowledge of the creping process and supporting problem solving and troubleshooting, in order to identify the best corrective actions.


Voith Paper Yankee OnSite Service
Fabio Bargiacchi – Senior Sales Manager


Tissue producers are fighting daily to optimize their paper production process and to raise quality and safety standards. The Yankee cylinder is one of the key parts, the pulsing heart of the Tissue machine and has to be preserved in perfect conditions during the whole lifetime, keeping or improving the energy performance, granting a stable and correct surface condition and imposing a careful, controlled and safe use. New diagnostic technologies, competent calculation skills, a reliable and proven engineering background and operational methodology can solve original design issues. As well as improper modifications applied during previous services can be changed by OnSite services and will grant a long, safe and efficient life of the yankee and tissue machine performance.


TP-Soft Touch – Winding technology for Structured/Super Soft Tissue
Mauro Della Santa – Sales Manager


The demand by the market of Structured/Super Soft Tissue products is constantly increasing. Tissue makers have therefore to handle “low density” reels that are difficult to be processed in rewinding and converting lines. The high deformability of both mother and finished reels is the main cause of problems in rewinding this type of Tissue grades. Tecno Paper has developed, and patented, solutions purposely dedicated to such “difficult to wind” products. They avoid the reels being permanently deformed and the loss of bulk being huge during unwinding and rewinding operations. The last equipment which joined the TP-Soft Touch technological family is the new Unwinder. The main components of the TP-Soft Touch Unwinder are two large diameter carbon fiber rolls (carrying and driving rolls) – sustaining the reel and giving it the rotation movement – and a center drive assist, still with variable speed motors, that nullifies the rotation inertia, thus avoiding any torsion effect in the structure of the reel. The accurate relieving movement is obtained by a mechanical system.


Turnkey Solution: A.Celli Paper’s answer for a more efficient production system
Daniele Checcacci – Head of Sales Capital


The design of systems and machinery for the tissue industry. This is our very real responsibility. We are talking about the design of iDEAL® tissue machines, E-WIND® winders, Roll Handling & packaging systems and all other innovative and technological developments for the production of tissue. A.Celli feels that it is important to reward its customers for their trust. To do so, we offer technical support and the promise of quality to producers, consumers and all other players in the market; and we design systems for the production of rolls that are soft, strong and of superior quality and add value to the end product which then becomes part of the daily life of every one of us.


End of Conference – Refreshments



11 October 2018 – time 09.40/12.50 – MIAC 2018 Conference Room

Toward the Tissue Converting Plant 4.0

In an increasingly competitive international environment, tissue products have to be produced with increasing efficiency, promptly responding to market demands and new consumer needs. Moving in parallel with the production line, both of the paper mill and of the converting, we will face several critical points of the process presenting the best available technologies to increase performance, quality and process management.

  • Participation is free of charge
  • Simultaneous translation service is available






Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – Deputy Director General


New Products and Innovations to Improve Market Position
Pirkko Petaja – Principal
Mikko Helin – Principal


New products and innovations can provide profitable growth. However, their impact does not limit to the direct increase of sales and profits but they can improve the brand awareness, complement the private label offering supporting that way the whole product portfolio. Companies can leverage the tissue value chain also for new products. The topic is discussed especially from the European perspective.




Gambini’s new AirMill embossing technology brings a portion of the paper mill into the converting process
Paolo Lazzareschi – Technical Director


A stunning breakthrough in tissue converting has been born with a revolutionary new technology which has become a reality with the new AirMill machine. It anticipates the essence of innovation giving the paper characteristics that before could only be obtained in the paper mill while improving its bulk, softness, absorbency, strength and stability. Today, textured and structured paper provides very high quality but can only be produced in the paper mill, and requires large investments. AirMill allows customers to obtain products with similar characteristics in the converting process, starting from conventional paper. Furthermore, AirMill can operate on the line with a dual ON/OFF mode based on customer needs guaranteeing high efficiency while optimizing costs and downtime. Gambini’s new AirMill represents a bridge between the paper mill and converting activities. AirMill ensures the optimization of the process while keeping the properties of the paper and limiting the use of all types of resources; from economics to energy, chemicals and raw materials. Therefore, a machine that is perfectly in line with the new sustainability trends.


New applications in folded products
Marco Calcagni – Sales Director


The tissue market is always looking for new products that can attract the attention of the final customer. The folded tissue products like napkins, facial tissue and interfolded paper towels, have had a strong development thanks to the production machines technology. The advanced technology research is developing completely innovative operating principles, different from those on the market. These new machines meet the essential requirements that have always been sought by the user: high qualitative and quantitative levels of products, user-friendly, limited investment and complete automation, which allows considerable saving of personnel costs. OMET presents on its new machines of the ASV Line an automatic interfolding head that allows the highest production speed on the market thanks to the vacuum folding cylinders system with belt conveyor with independent motorization and automatic separation system. The modularity of this machine allows the addition of various functional modules such as unwinders, embossing and gluing stations, longitudinal slitting group, bending or integral wrapping modules. It is a very interesting opportunity for all tissue products manufacturers to diversify the areas of application of their folded products. Another recent opportunity is the possibility to create napkins with personalized printing thanks to the application of digital printing in line on napkin machines. This interesting innovation allows you to print any image or personalization on your napkins directly from a PDF file, also printing a single napkin by type, with packages containing napkins all different from each other. The great potential of these new technologies is rapidly catching on the market thanks to the growing interest of consumers.


Customer Care Digital Solutions
Gianfranco Agnusdei – Global Customer Service Director


The need to supply a unique, fast and efficient worldwide service, to maximize value chain production, to improve performance and to optimize production cost, is for Fabio Perini one of the main ongoing targets. Therefore, it’s not anymore only a matter of building smart machines; the time has now come for service to go digital. Fabio Perini is focusing on the development of smart life cycle solutions to optimize Overall Equipment Effectiveness of converting and packaging lines: a wide range of smart and high added value solutions for the tissue industry that apply the latest digital technologies to meet customers’ production needs for their market requirements. Following the great success driven by the introduction on the market of the Weareable device solution for technical remote assistance, under the new Customer Service WeCare concept, further more cutting-edge digital novelties are going to be presented during this year’s MIAC.


When the Roll of the Future becomes the real Tissue Solution
Trefor Hughes – Senior Sales Manager


Do new products exist on the market? Sustainability, innovation, evolution and care: these are the principles that have guided PCMC in developing a unique finished product. After attentive research, today this product exists and it is already present on European supermarket shelves. We are speaking about the NO-CORE ROLL: 100% SUSTAINABLE TISSUE PAPER, 100% made with care in Italy, 100% high quality consumer product. But that’s not all. PCMC has also applied the same innovation and sustainability criteria to primary and secondary packaging. A full-circle endeavor expressed in the care for technological details and embodied in a new term: CAREVOLUTION. Let us explain to you why We’ve got the real Tissue Solution.


Diagnostics and monitoring on packaging machines, MacDue makes it with the IOT
Fiorenzo Donetti – CEO


MacDue has developed an IOT software for the remote control of the performance of its packaging machines and for the analysis of their production efficiency. With this tool, in full culture 4.0, MacDue has provided the customer, on APP, a complete analysis tool that summarizes the 3 most interesting KPIs: machine time in production, machine time ready to produce but waiting for product (major parameter to identify possible bottlenecks on the machines upstream of the line) and alarm stop time. In two screens the customer detects the production efficiency within a time window of his choice (the time or the run with a specific sample). With ease of use, the tool allows  to identify any drops in production efficiency on specific samples / products and improve them. As far as the alarms, the analysis of a specific time range, highlights the only alarms that have generated an arrest allowing the customer a quick identification of the problems and MacDue Service to make quick and targeted interventions to solve the problem. This option is particularly useful for customers abroad where the diagnostic phase of the problem is crucial. This service will be completely free for MacDue customers who only need to download the APP and enter the serial number of their machine model and the password assigned.


Quatis, Quality Inspection Machine – Installation Case History
Massimo Franzaroli – Managing Director


Quatis, quality inspection machine, is the result of the application of quality controls, based on vision systems, to the tissue converting productive process. This machine inspects the quality of tissue wrapped (primary and secondary packaging) and un-wrapped (BR, KR industrial rolls and folded) products. The product inspection is 100% reliable as the machine analyses every single product and is performed by dedicated vision systems. The philosophy that inspired Pulsar Engineering was to develop a machine starting from producers’ needs through respecting tissue products special requirements. In the presentation, we will explain a case history of one of the first Quatis machines for unwrapped products installed. We considered a period of 6 months during which our dedicated engineers collected and analyzed real data, evaluating how non-compliant products could affect the whole converting line (jam, downtimes, etc). There are no limits to the analysis that can be performed by consulting such an amount of data.


Software platform SM.I.LE80, Smart Integrated Logistics
William A Nelson – President


Elettric80 & BEMA provide solutions for production planning and control, storage and shipping activities, with a significant increase in factory efficiency and ensuring the total traceability of handled products. The whole process is managed centrally by a single software platform, named SM.I.LE80, which ensures a “direct link” among systems and production processes, and the optimal and effective management of all internal and external plant operations: from incoming raw materials to complete warehousing and shipping management.


End of the Conference – Refreshments



11 October 2018 – time 14.00/16.45 – MIAC 2018 Conference Room

Fossil vs Renewable energy: which will be the Mix for the Paper Mill of the Future?

The challenging targets in the fight against climate change have led the European pulp and paper industry to study, with the Roadmap 2050, how to achieve them. New energy efficiency measures and technologies need to be introduced in the paper mills, but all this will not be enough if not supported by an overall decarbonised National context.

During the conference, the most interesting energy efficiency measures will be addressed, as well as the role of renewable energy sources in the reduction of direct and indirect emissions of the paper sector.

  • Participation is free of charge
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Opening of the Conference
Silvia Pieraccini


Fossil vs Renewable energy: which will be the Mix for the Paper Mill of the Future?
Alessandro Bertoglio – Energy Manager


CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, realized the CEPI 2050 Roadmap showing the way the sector must follow to reduce CO2 emissions to reach the 2050 target. In the Roadmap there are measures to reduce direct and also indirect emissions but it also highlights the need to support strong investment to reach the same target. European CO2 saving targets are more and more challenging and make necessary a deep analysis on the future energy mix for Italian paper mills. Natural gas is widely use at mill level in a very high efficiency way by extracting more than 80% of the energy content with high efficiency cogeneration but also biogas and bioenergy from solid by-streams of the papermaking process.



Roundtable moderated by Silvia Pieraccini, Il Sole 24 Ore

With the participation of:

– Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico
– Legambiente
– Cartiera dell’Adda
– Consorzio Italiano Compostatori
– Iveco





Energy 4.0: Emerging Technologies reducing Green House Gases in the Pulp and Paper Industry by capturing all energy saving opportunities with Solar Turbines Energy Solution
Thomas Schulze – Manager Market Development


The Pulp and Paper industry is one of the most energy-intensive industries worldwide – Solar Turbines cogeneration plants and direct drying integrations are already helping its customers to reduce this share. An efficient operation is one of the most important and cost-effective means for the reduction of energy consumption as well as carbon dioxide emissions and a good opportunity to enhance the plant management, representing an actual instrument regarding the enterprise corporate communication concerning its environmental performance. The most common question is: how can I integrate my heat and power production following production loads, tariffs variations, incentives and load sharing opportunities to maximise cost saving while enhancing my competitiveness with the best respect to the environment? In this presentation, Solar Turbines will expose new 8MW range machine designed specifically for paper and tissue applications, equipped with intelligent ultra-low emission system, which aims at optimising the cogeneration plant management by the full integration into the production system by the monitoring of external and internal parameters fully leveraging the industry 4.0 opportunity.


Energy solutions: with and for the Customers
Paolo Della Negra – Manager, Sales Department


In 2015 Valmet carried out an energy study at one Papermill in South America. The machine is a double-width Twin Wire supplied by Valmet in 2000. Purpose of this energy study was to draw a road map for future improvements of the energy performances related to the machine drying section. One of the first actions – after the on-field optimization which immediately led to a remarkable decrease of gas and electric consumption – was the installation of an Advantage Balance Control system (ABC) on the air system. The ABC was installed and started-up at the end of 2016 and the Customer was very satisfied. Following the success of ABC, the Customer decided to continue investing as advised on the Road Map and installed a Waste Heat Steam Generator to generate high and low steam pressure. The new system will be installed and started-up at the end of 2018. The same project comprises also the modification of the ABC algorithms to be able to handle the steam generation and the new ‘drying mix cocktail’ of the machine.


Girolamo Marchi – President


End of Conference – Refreshments



12 October 2018 – time 09.30/12.30 – MIAC 2018 Conference Room

Circular economy and environmental measures for quality: the case of paper to be recycled

The Chinese government’s measures against pollution have sharply reduced the value of paper to be recycled around the world. China cannot satisfy the demand for paper and packaging production despite the very high prices at which Chinese paper mills purchase local separate collection of paper.

Only a particularly favourable phase in the domestic and European demand for raw materials for packaging and the consortium guarantee systems operating in Italy seem to have stopped separate collection at a time when Italy and Europe are following the circular economy measures and set always higher goals about separate collection and recycling.

  • Participation is free of charge
  • Simultaneous translation service is available