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The MIAC Conferences

During the 3 days of Exhibition 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.


11 October 2017 – time 14.00/16.50 – MIAC 2017 Conference Room

Maximising process efficiency and energy saving in tissue paper production

High energy costs, a demanding market and a strong global competition drive tissue industry toward continuous improvement in energy efficiency, product quality and process management. MIAC Tissue Conference provides an overview of the best practices and technologies available for improving performances in tissue paper production, giving an answer to these needs.







Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – Assocarta


Welcome speech
Fanis Papakostas – European Tissue Symposium


New Tissue Capacity with significant competitive edge
Pirkko Petäjä – Pöyry Management Consulting


The continuous tissue market growth and capacity renewal are reflected in increasing number of investments and projects. Cost reduction is a main focus regarding new tissue investments. This is reflected in investments targeting in lowering the energy costs, in increasing machine size and choosing modern technology solutions. The cost benefits of premium technologies are forthcoming in the converted products more than in the base paper. Wider range of technologies is preferred by tissue producers in the higher per capita and mature market regions like North America and Europe. Another trend, integration to chemical pulp, is becoming a new concept in all regions. What is the cost advantage of fibre integration? Where are the competitors taking this opportunity? What consequences fibre integration might have for the tissue industry globally?


A fresh perspective on tissue production
Klaus Gissing – ANDRITZ


Over the past couple of years, the tissue business has been characterized by severe competition and cost pressure. Tissue producers are facing several challenges, and the key factors in tissue production – high quality demand and efficient, energy-saving production – seem to contradict one another. Mission impossible? Not any longer: ANDRITZ has developed a series of innovations that bring tissue production to a new level. These innovative concepts are aimed at premium tissue quality, reduced fiber use, and savings in energy consumption. For example, they include a concept for increased wet-end dewatering in conventional tissue machines, resulting in higher dryness before and after the press, as well as solutions for a reduced thermal drying energy requirement.


A concept for Premium Tissue production with ultra-low media consumption
Pemo Klimczak – PMPoland


This particular presentation is dedicated to the idea of high quality tissue production with ultra-low media consumption. A idea of such a concept is addressed primarily to emerging markets and for all projects where it is crucial to reduce media consumption. However, the production of tissue in an environmentally friendly way does not mean giving up high quality of products at all. Introduced by our company this year, the new Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc Premium line fits in with the world trend of nature-friendly solutions while offering technologically advanced state of the art solutions. The concept developed by our engineers enable us to achieve a production level of 220 t/d with a machine efficiency higher than 95%. This line offers ultra-low steam consumption level (1.9 T/T) an electricity 345kWh/T average, while at the same time provide more advanced technological solutions including a double layer Intelli-Jet V® Premium hydraulic headbox (for an excellent formation), a 16’ to 22’ feet steel Yankee Dryer Intelli-YD®, a steam heated Intelli-Hood® (combines high drying efficiency with ultra-low media consumption) and a large dia 1400 mm suction roll (for an extra bulk & a high dryness after the press – up to 46%). It is an answer to more demanding consumers in emerging markets who are aware of world’s papermaking trends and see opportunity to grow their business not only through increased capacity but also by reducing unnecessary costs. The solutions offered by our company allow us to significantly increase the quality of the product, which allows many of our customers to become leaders at the local markets. At present we are in the middle of the execution phase of (3) lines for one of the leading Chinese corporation.


The next level of environmental friendly tissue production
Fabio Bargiacchi – Voith Paper


Tissue producers are nowadays seeking for solutions for a first class environmental friendly tissue production. TissueLev represent the latest Voith answer to these demands. The TissueLev principle is quite straight forward: the tissue web is gently pressed in a “belt nip” around the suction turning roll. During this “belt nip” steam is blown though the web. This leads to a double benefit; higher dry content and improved product quality. The advantages are already proven on industrial scale: the first Tissuelev installations in Sweden are running extremely well, showing that it is possible to achieve better tissue tensile strength and caliper with less fibers, contributing to a more sustainable production.


Combustion process vs energy optimization 
Luca Linari and Rossano Pucci – Toscotec


Toscotec Energy and Environment department  presents their procedures for combustion optimization and the systems connected to different burners types, including their latest technology improvements. Toscotec is focused to obtain a reduction of gas consumptions, as well the reduction of emissions to the atmosphere. We will look into various methods of combustion control with  focus on gas, combustion air and the mixing of process air , as well as fluid-dynamic considerations. Special attention will be paid to the remote service/optimization (BRS) of the burners, which allows to control the combustion parameters, and to the burner management system (BMS). The paper will illustrate the key factors of this combined project: consumptions, emissions and maintenance improvements.


A Recovery Steam Generator System by PMP as a Key for Spectacular Energy Savings – TM1 WEPA Lille Rebuild Case Study
Adriano Lazzini – PMPower


In February 2016, WEPA Group made a decision of launching a significant energy cost reduction program. As a result a contract with PMPower for a recovery steam generator system delivery for WEPA Lille (France) was signed. The project was successfully brought on stream 5 months later. The project driving force was modern technology that ensured energy savings solutions following global trends. WEPA’s TM11 was supplied with state-of-the-art new technological items provided by PMPower including a delivery, installation and commissioning of a new recovery steam generator system from the hood exhaust fumes (as a prototype, tailored-made solution). The new system allows steam generation of 1.2 t/h and guarantees a high level of flexibility. The above recovery energy system allows to save more than 25% of a steam flow by main generator to the machine and consequently fuel consumption is reduced as well. The project is characterized by an impressive ROI. To sum up: a blend of state-of-the-art technology and flexibility of execution has brought expected results. The solution might become a “must-have” for all leading tissue makers, in market areas where cost of energy s high.


GapCon EconPRESSTM NExT – The new tool for energy savings and tissue quality improvement
Francesco De Biasi – GapCon tissue


Over the last few years the world of tissue production has been enhanced by significant technological innovations, with main purpose of a considerable reduction of energy and fiber consumption. The shoe press application was first successfully introduced for pressing of paper and board. Now the extended nip with suitable modifications is ready also for tissue grades. The goals currently obtained with shoe press application are substantially two: higher sheet thickness and higher dryness. Almost all shoe press applications are against the Yankee cylinder. Due to the higher linear load, the Yankee cylinder shell needs to be strengthened. To date, the Yankee cylinder shell deformation is the main issue resulting from this configuration. The steel Yankee cylinder, developed in recent years, allows a reduction of the shell thickness, at the same operating conditions, generating a benefit for drying (better heat transfer) but, in a shoe press application against steel Yankee, the required increased thickness due to higher nip, considerably reduces this advantage. To prevent that, a new solution is on the market, that is to separate the high load extended nip from the Yankee cylinder, namely GapCon EconPRESSTM NExT (New Extended nip concept for Tissue). This tool allows to Tissue Machine operate in its conventional configuration as also to produce the structured tissue.


End of Conference – Coffee



12 October 2017 – time 10.00/12.40 – MIAC 2017 Conference Room

Industry 4.0 – tissue manufacturing and converting toward the fourth industrial revolution

At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial revolution, tissue industry wants to lead this process. It will affect any step of the production process, reducing time to market, improving flexibility and increasing quality and resource efficiency. The second session of the MIAC Tissue Conference will address the digital solutions applicable to tissue papermaking and converting.







Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – Assocarta


The National Plan Industry 4.0
Paolo Bulleri – STS Deloitte


The National Industry Plan 4.0, presented on September 21, 2016, to the Minister of Economic Development Calenda, aims at proposing a national model to support the digital transformation of our manufacturing industry towards production solutions characterized by the use of machinery and intelligent systems which are strongly interconnected to each other and to the ICT / TLC network, thanks to the widespread and pervasive presence of devices and sensors. The above-mentioned Industry Plan 4.0 is a great opportunity for all companies, which want to seize the opportunities associated to the fourth industrial revolution; in particular, the Plan foresees a set of organic and complementary measures able to foster investments for innovation and competitiveness. All measures resulted to be effective have been strengthened and addressed towards a logic 4.0 and, in order to fully meet the emerging needs, new ones have been foreseen: Incentives for new CAPEX investments; R&D tax credit; Investments in Innovative Startup and SME; Patent Box Regime.


Smart use of industrial internet – takes you above and beyond
Kent Nika – Valmet


During the past years we have seen how the use of large volumes of data are utilized in different areas. Some call it big data others industrial internet. The use of industrial internet in the tissue world is appearing in a more structured way today compared to previous attempts to benefit from collected data. A holistic approach requires a combination of data from several sources, your own or supplied by others. High quality data can revile new details and questions which needs to be considered. In the near future there will be an overload of data, but the question is, who is capable to take care of it, do the right analysis and who have the criteria to evaluate the results? The big challenge is how to make sense of all information and transform it into applied knowledge for the benefit of the user. To transfer findings into recommendations to meet the needs from all levels in the organization. But to utilize its full potential, the end users’ and the consumers’ requirements must be included in the process. It is what organizations do with the data that matters. This case will show how Big data is analyzed for insights, which lead to better decisions and strategic activities to improve productivity for a customer’s production line.


A.Celli Paper and Industry 4.0. Journey inside the Smart Factory
Gianluca Matteucci – A.Celli Paper


The main goal of the new technologies proposed by Industry 4.0 is to manage production optimisation with a view towards effectiveness and efficiency. These technologies find particular application in reducing waste, rejects, defects and costs, with the aim of obtaining the best results in terms of innovation, reliability, quality and optimisation of investments. To improve product efficiency and quality, it is necessary to first identify defects. To this end, A.Celli Paper has developed and applied the DMS (Defect Management System) on its machines. DMS is a system that integrates all the information received on the entire production cycle. And what’s more, in the smart factory developed by A.Celli, data are traced by RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) devices that well exceed the strong limitations of previous systems. The entire reel handling and transfer process within the facilities, too, up to the automatic warehouse, follows the logical process of the plant through AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicle). Innovation and digitalisation of products and services are the flywheel for companies in pursuit of growth and competitiveness. A.Celli Group is poised to guarantee all this through a strong R&D activity focused on offering leading-edge technological solutions, time after time.


Digital Tissue™: Fabio Perini’s value proposition for Industry 4.0
Luca Frasnetti – Fabio Perini


In the era of Industry 4.0, managing the entire production process becomes the true added value for the tissue industry as a whole. Being able to define and map out a complete line to manufacture the finished product means fully understanding customers’ production needs. Fabio Perini is the only company in the world capable of producing complete lines integrating converting and packaging, hence creating the product and the process together with the customer in order to optimize efficiency, reduce costs and maximize the quality of the finished product. The concept of Digital Tissue™ has been our guiding light also in the recent innovations that Fabio Perini S.p.A. has brought about, such as All-In-One and Weareable: products that are already available as  concrete answers to converting, packaging and service demands. More evolution will follow, with the aim to always put our customers at the center and to deliver visible innovation to the eyes of the consumer. Fabio Perini will present in MIAC a new machinery that goes in this direction.


Boosting production efficiency
Marco Calcagni – OMET


The tissue market has been constantly growing lately, but the key to the success of a converting company producing tissue napkins is the ability to collect, control and increase their productive efficiency. Collecting and managing production data is essential to step inside the Industry 4.0, which enables any company to exploit a fundamental source of information on a higher level. Today, the development of next-generation software gives the opportunity to check the productivity of a production line and communicate with the machines in order to increase the production, improve the quality, reducing time and waste. Thanks to Wi-Fi internet connection, it is possible to have real-time images of the working machine, information on consumption, energy efficiency and production data, available on any device using a password to access to the software of the tissue converting machine. Machines automation allows to stay in production 24/7 without stopping the line and with no need for any operation when changing from single-ply to 2-ply tissue or other different materials. This is possible thanks to a new fully automatic no-stop unwinder, available in 500 mm and 840 mm widths. Even the flexographic printing technology has improved in quality and efficiency: thanks to a brand new 4-color CI printing unit featuring sleeves with integrated RFID technology and automatic pressure adjustment through independent motors, it is possible to produce high quality printed napkins with less waste and quicker job changeovers. Not only flexo process, but also digital inkjet printing technology is getting more and more space as an alternative to standard printing solutions. It enables the production of customized napkins erasing the set-up time with several advantages in terms of production flexibility. The new IBT (Improved Bonding Technology) allows for high-performing embossing process, obtaining a perfect bonding of the plies thanks to the new laminating technology integrated on the embossing station. Further technology innovations such as quick-change systems for folding head and embossing plates and are about to be developed in order to keep increasing the level of productive efficiency.


TMC facing the future on a journey inside Industry 4.0 in tissue packaging
Martina Stefanon – TMC


TMC continues on its rewarding journey inside Industry 4.0 and develops innovative service solutions to improve production processes, changing from traditional product related services to customer centric business related services. TMC presents the first real Machine Analytics Platform in Tissue packaging, unlocking data and revealing business intelligence that customers can use to make an impact. Beyond words what really matters are results. Capabilities like Proactive Real Time Monitoring & Anomaly Detection, Machine Health Status, Condition based Maintenance and Automated Predictive Analytics are already successfully used as timely advice and intelligence to staff on site. An independent structure has been created inside TMC Group, dedicated to design and deploy smart powerful tools securing competitiveness to TMC customers. Moreover a dedicated experts team, the TMC iCenter, provides accurate proof of how machines are performing and studies tailor made solutions, a major benefit for end users looking to keep their costs down and their overall efficiencies up high. TMC is facing the future, being always a step ahead.


Beyond 4.0
Enrico Grassi – Elettric 80


We first realized the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) already in 1992 (Costerplast Group). It was ahead of its time, pushing forward new & innovative ideas, and boldly looking toward the future. It’s a story not only about technology, but rather and above all, a story about people and their abilities to produce change and stimulate growth. The true challenge today is to keep IR4.0 relevant and to do it efficiently. To achieve this, critical analytical skills, scalability, and software compatibility are required so that the increased integration between machines leads to ever faster product changes, because that’s what the market demands. Being flexible is fundamental, but continued success of the IR4.0 isn’t possible without highly skilled people. The achievements to date, are more than ever, thanks to them! The logistic chain created by Elettric 80 for tissue mills today begins with the completely automated warehouse management of jumbo reels, and continues through to the automatic management of raw materials, finished products, palletization, stretch wrapping, automatic warehousing, and the automatic pre-staging of those pallets, on the shipping dock. Interconnected & integrated, these machines operate intelligently and in step with production management requirements (as well as those of the operator, where necessary), and are remotely monitorable via internet by both customer and supplier. The Elettric 80 logistic chain has not only met, but even exceeded the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We work in close partnership with customers around the world to solve the logistical challenges of the tissue industry. Challenges like optimizing plant layouts to achieve the most efficient and safe product flows, waste reduction, lowering operational costs and utilizing resources effectively. These goals are built into our brand and company vision.


Final remarks
Mario Matteucci – Sofidel and Assocarta


End of the Conference – Coffee



12 October 2017 – time 14.20/17.00 – MIAC 2017 Conference Room

Challenges Facing the Paper Industry to 2050: growth, energy security and climate change emissions reduction

How to combine the ambitious targets set at European level to cut climate change emissions by 80% by 2050 with the need to push the growth of energy intensive industry? How the energy market will evolve and which will be the role of bio-based products, as paper, in a Society less and less depending on fossil resources? All this will be discussed at MIAC Energy Conference 2017.







Opening of the Conference
Girolamo Marchi – Assocarta


2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bioeconomy: Investing in Europe for Industry Trasformation
Nicola Rega – CEPI


The European paper industry launched in February the reviewed version of its 2050 Roadmap detailing the pathways and investment needed to cut its carbon emissions by 80% while creating 50% more added-value. The Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI) pioneered in 2011 the first low-carbon industry Roadmap. It is today the first industry to table a blueprint to bolster industry transformation. With the Roadmap, the industry reaffirms its vision that decarbonisation and growth are mutually compatible and calls for a better alignment of policy, research and financing conditions to boost investment in Europe. In particular, the Roadmap projects the need for €44 billion more investment – a 40% increase on current levels – to transform industry in Europe and lead the low-carbon bioeconomy by 2050. From energy efficiency to deployment of breakthrough technologies, emissions reduction pathways were estimated to require a combined additional investment of €24 billion by 2050. A further €20 billion of investment would be required to boost the production of new low carbon bio-based products.


Roundtable moderated by Massimo Medugno – Assocarta


With the participation of:


Alessandro Carettoni
Environment & Territory Ministry

Silvia Ferrari

Andrea Barbabella
Eco-Friendly Development Foundation

Pietro Alasia
Burgo Group

Daniele Bianchi
Tuscany Energy Consortium



Steam profiler and energy monitoring improve energy efficiency
Jarmo Tiilikka – Valmet


Paper production costs have been affected not only by the steep increase in energy prices, but also by the various restrictions set by environmental legislation. This has highlighted the role of energy efficiency in enhancing the overall efficiency of paper production. Valmet is continuously working to find new solutions to reduce production costs. Low web dry content and uneven CD moisture profile after press section cause runnability problems and increasing steam consumption in dryer section. The dewatering efficiency at the press section can be enhanced by the application of a steam profiler against the suction roll or box in press or wire section. Valmet IQ Steam Profiler can increase the web temperature by more than 20 °C, thus decreasing the viscosity and surface tension of the water and softening fibers. At the same time it makes it possible to manage CD moisture profile and hence improve paper machine runnability – and save energy. Traditionally energy costs (electricity, steam and gas) are reported on a monthly basis and after the energy has already been used. In a modern control room, energy consumption and costs can be reliably monitored online and in real time. Production personnel can input alerts for product-related reference values into the system. Today, Process automation system with Industrial Internet solutions and associated big data analytic are improving the visibility and profitability of a mill’s operations, and can be considered an enabler to efficiently utilize the expertise of a pulp and paper supplier for the benefit of their customers. The measurable economic benefits include increased productivity and lower costs of raw materials and energy. This paper presents approaches to improve end-product quality and decrease energy consumption by steam profiling and Industrial Internet solutions to monitor and optimize energy efficiency.


Energy efficient fiber treatment with Durabond refiner plates
Markus Mueller – ANDRITZ Fiedler


The cost of fiber and energy represent about 60% of a paper mill’s manufacturing cost. Optimizing refining action with the proper refiner plate technology can, therefore, have a significant impact on the bottom line of a paper mill. The speech discusses the development of energy efficient fiber treatment in the refining process.


Energy 4.0: Enhance Competitiveness by capturing all energy cost saving opportunities with Solar Turbines Energy Solution
Paolo Masiero – Solar Turbines


Energy is a large part of the product cost and Solar Turbines cogeneration plants are already helping its customers to reduce this share. Typically running their combined heat and power plant, our customers are asking the following question: how can I do more? How can I integrate my heat and power production following production loads, tariffs variations, incentives and load sharing opportunities in order to maximize cost saving and enhance my competitiveness? Can I be more competitive taking advantage of the information now available with Industry 4.0? In this presentation, Solar Turbines will expose a new product, which aims at optimizing the cogeneration plant management by the full integration into the production system by the monitoring of external and internal parameters leveraging the advantages of industry 4.0.


An innovative energy saving system
Andrea Poleschi – EIL


An innovative and patented energy saving system for tissue producers which guarantees up to 30% savings on energy production costs. A system that involves the integration of an innovative turbine and the complete exploitation of all the energy produced by it, guaranteeing the highest overall efficiency of the system.


Cogeneration: a strategic choice for paper mills into the global competition
Marco Cuttica – AB Energy


The company that worked into this sector consumes lots of electricity and heat in the form of hot water and steam. Saving are possible by the cogeneration, that upgrades the energy efficiency and eco-sustainability of the paper industry.


Girolamo Marchi – Assocarta


End of Conference – Coffee



13 October 2017 – time 10.00/12.30 – MIAC 2017 Conference Room

The quality of paper for recycling for the competitiveness of the paper chain in Europe’s circular economy

The quality of secondary material is a priority in the development of the circular economy, as it is undoubtedly a competitive factor in the recycling industry. The Italian industry of recycling paper, in line with the guidelines of the European Confederation of the Paper Industry (CEPI), is adopting operational procedures to ensure quality paper standards. Comieco promotes the improvement of the recycling quality and invests in the spread of innovative equipments for controlling the second-row material. These are the main themes that will be treated during the meeting with Italian and European protagonists of the chain.








Improving quality of the paper and board municipal collection in Italy
Roberto Di Molfetta – Comieco


Equipments and methods to guarantee the quality of paper for recycling in Europe
Lydia Tempel – PTS Paper


The Italian procedure to guarantee the quality to paper mills
Massimo Medugno – Assocarta


Forum: The quality of secondary material a priority to develop the circular economy

Andrea Madrigali – Herambiente: methods of collection and quality

Enzo Scalia – Benfante Group: sorting plants to guarantee a secondary material

Stefano Andreotti – DS Smith Paper Italia Srl: the fibre tester experience

Andrea Bortoli – Cartiere Modesto Cardella: waste from recycling waste

Enrico Fontana – Lucense e R. Ercolini – Zero Waste Europe: Life Ecopulplast, a pilot project for the material recovery of paper recycling waste

Final remarks
Alessandro Bratti – Deputy of the Italian Parliament

Carlo Montalbetti – Comieco


End of Conference – Coffee



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