Against this background Voith Paper is pursuing a clear strategy: “Voith is focusing on concepts that reduce raw material and energy consumption. We therefore support our customers in operating sustainably. In addition, they also benefit economically, as our solutions offer low total cost of ownership,” explains Schwier. “Innovative concepts such as ATMOS and the NipcoFlex T shoe press have won over our clients and have allowed us to make positive inroads into the premium tissue and dry crepe tissue market in the last three years.”
Until 2007, for example, the manufacture of premium tissue was generally the realm of those producers that had cornered thismarket with TAD (through air drying) technology. This is a technology that not only requires a large capital investment but also entails high energy consumption, and thus, high production costs.
Since then, Voith Paper has successfully countered this technology with its ATMOS technology. It was developed in the Tissue ProcessTechnology Center at Voith Paper São Paulo. Compared with TAD, the ATMOS technology enables premium tissue to be produced at a 40% lower investment cost, using 60% less energy and also up to 100% recycled or virgin fibers.
Nevertheless, this technological progress, which also represents an ecological and economical advance for papermaking, did not just happen by accident. Voith Paper’s pilot machine in São Paulo is of great interest for customers and works on full capacity. The machine can use ATMOS to produce premium tissue but can also manufacture dry crepe conventional tissue. The pilot trials cover the entire tissue process from fiber to finished product.