Toscotec will supply a forming section rebuild of PM2 to Gulf Paper Manufacturing at their Mina Abdullah paper mill in Kuwait. PM2 machine produces tissue from 100% virgin fibres, and it is scheduled for rebuild at the end of 2023. This is a repeat order for Toscotec who in 2019 successfully delivered a major dryer section rebuild of Gulf Paper's packaging paper machine (PM1).
The project aims to improve PM2's paper formation and basis weight cross direction (CD) control through an approach flow system upgrade and the installation of a state-of-the-art TT Headbox. The new headbox will be designed to match the high quality requirements for facial tissue in the Middle Eastern market.
Ghaleb Alhadhrami, Gulf Paper Manufacturing Projects & Development Manager, says, "With Toscotec's rebuild of our packaging paper machine in 2019, we achieved a substantial production increase, reduced sheet breaks by over 80%, and improved paper quality especially in the moisture profile and hand feel. We are confident that Toscotec will deliver on this new upgrade of our tissue machine as successfully as they did two years ago. This new headbox and approach flow system are also fit for a future rebuild into crescent former configuration."
Established in 1978, Gulf Paper Manufacturing operates three production lines at its Mina Abdullah paper mill in Kuwait: PM1 produces packaging grades, mainly fluting medium, test liner and white top liner, using 100% recycled paper; PM2 manufactures tissue from 100% virgin pulp; the third is a tissue converting line.
Toscotec designs and manufactures machines, systems and components for the production of tissue and paper & board.