ATMOS machine strengthens market leadership

More flexibility for Wausau Paper

2014-03-14 - Last year saw Wausau Paper start up a new tissue machine with the resource-saving ATMOS technology at its plant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The new double width machine is designed for an annual production of 70,000 metric tons of paper and can produce both high-quality premium and standard tissue papers.

The ATMOS technology was developed by Voith engineers in São Paulo and has already been successfully installed in existing machines on a number of occasions. At Wausau Paper in Harrodsburg, a completely new line equipped with ATMOS technology went into operation.
Flexibly reacting to changes in demand. The double-width tissue machine can be operated in either ATMOS mode or Crescent-Former mode. In the ATMOS mode, it produces high-quality, soft and fluffy premium quality from recovered fibers and uses up to 60% less energy than traditional production processes. The option of switching between the two processes was the deciding factor in opting for the Voith tissue machine, says Gary Rudemiller, Vice President of Operations at Wausau Paper. With the new tissue machine various qualities can be produced from 100% recycling fibers. This option allows Wausau Paper to react to a change in consumer habits. Particularly in North America, the trend is towards the purchase of high quality, soft and extra fluffy qualities. With its new machine, Wausau Paper can easily react to shifts towards the premium segment in market demand. At the same time, the company can strengthen and expand its leadership in the North American market as a manufacturer of certified “green tissue papers” thanks to the ATMOS technology.
Wausau Paper is very satisfied with the performance of the system since its startup, both in Crescent Former mode and in the ATMOS process, as Gary Rudemiller confirms.//