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Tissue World welcomes converters to Nice in April

April sees Europe hosting Tissue World – the international exhibition and conference designed to bring together professionals from all sectors of the tissue industry, from pulp and paper to converting and packaging. The 7th edition of the show takes place from April 5-7, at the Acropolis Palais des Expositions, in Nice, France.

The last event held in 2003 attracted over 3,500 visitors and 168 exhibitors from 21 countries taking some 5,000m2. Converting and printing machinery was the highest primary percentage interest of the visitors – with 15.83 concerned with the subject. Converting and printing supplies accounted for a further 9.92 per cent of the visitors.

One hundred and fifty exhibitors are confirmed for this year’s exhibition. They include A.Celli, ABB, Al Keena, Andritz, Bretting Manufacturing, BTG Eclepens, Convermat, Croda Chemicals, Eka Chemicals, Elettric 80, Perini, Faper Group, Henkel, Hobema Maschinenfabrik, IKS Klingelnberg, ITW Dynatec, Körber PaperLink, LPC Group, Metso, MTC, Nalco Company, Overmeccanica, Paper Converting Machine Company, Pieretti (Industria Cartaria Pieretti – ICP), PMP Group, PMT – Paper Machine Technology, Pulsar, Recard, Svecom, Tissue Machinery Company (TMC), Toscotec, Trebor, Tronchetti (Industria Cartiera – ICT), and Winkler + Dünnebier.

A complete listing of the exhibitors is available on the exhibition website ( A total of 4,900m2 is expected by the start of the show. Opening hours are from 10–6.30 on April 5 , 10-5 on April 6 and 10–4 on April 7.

Exhibition director Ria van den Bogaert said: “We are looking forward to another great show. Nice has been established since 1993 and is recognized as the world’s reference event for the industry. In parallel, the highly established conference attracts another 400 qualified delegates who come to learn about the latest trends and developments.”

Theme for the 2005 Tissue World conference (scheduled for April 4-7) is “The Tissue Marketplace of the Future: Where Are We Going?”. Fees are e795 (for bookings made before March 7, 2005) and e950 after that date. Speakers include Jim Lafferty, vice president – family care Western Europe, Procter & Gamble, who will give the opening address “The Future of Brands in a Changing Tissue Market”. Mikko Helander, president and ceo, Metsä Tissue, will speak on the opportunities and challenges facing the European tissue business. The first afternoon will be devoted to Papermaking Developments and Process Control and Testing.

Tuesday April 5 will be devoted to converting, wrapping and packaging (see below).

The next Tissue World Americas, the North American version of Tissue World, will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida, March 22-24, 2006. In September, 2004, 105 exhibitors, representing a 60 per cent increase over the 2002 event, were on hand to showcase their latest products and technologies. The 1,350 attendees represented a five per cent increase over the 2002 Show.

A new Tissue World China was launched in December last year. Held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center from December 1-3, the exhibition and conference attracted 2,349 visitors, of whom 2,111 came from mainland China. They represented tissue makers, converters, executives, traders, analysts, distributors and buyers.

Tissue World converting conference programme

The virtual tissue converting system

Mitchell J Weckop, vice president, sales, marketing and customer service, PCMC

How to win time through perfect winding

Fabio Perini

Quick-change embossing rollers using a sleeve system

Peter Bolton, Saueressig

Analytic layout of embossing designs in pin-to-flat embossing of tissue and a method to measure embossing quality

Frank Lindenlauf, quality manager, Winkler + Dünnebier

Efficiency of converting lines: measuring, maximizing and the vital role of after sales services


Advances in integrated transport systems to handle the increased performance and flexibility of new converting lines

Johan Castegren, managing director, Elettric 80

Robotic material handling at P&G Oxnard

Michael Thornton, paper industry sales manager, FMC Technologies

Simulation software of a converting system from rewinder to palletiser

Massimo Franzaroli, Pulsar

Application of carbon fibre composite materials to solve critical tissue making problems

Mark Peretti, vice president engineering, Double E

Direct laser engraving – a natural choice for tissue printing

Brendan Pollard, managing director, Applied Laser

Modular ply-bonding for tissue and towel

George Gillessen, web coating sales manager, Nordson

Laminating technology – new opportunities for the tissue industry

Riccardo Arnaboldi, HIP-MITSU

Scheduled for November 21-22 this year, the 4th PTS Tissue Symposium, will be held in Munich. PTS is inviting producers, converters, suppliers and retailers of the European tissue sector to offer papers for presentation.

Preferred subject areas are products and markets (market developments, product marketing, strategic and company developments), technology (the latest trends and developments in products and raw materials, manufacturing and converting; productivity increase, enhanced product performance) as well as processes and production (optimization of existing processes; resource optimization of raw materials, energy and water supply; problem solving, cost reduction, examples of best practice, logistics, quality management).

Papers should be no longer than 35 minutes and may be presented in German or English (simultaneous translation will be provided). Speakers will be given marketing opportunities such as the display of advertising media, advertisements in the conference proceedings or company presentation by means of a small exhibition booth. Presentation abstracts should be sent to conference organizer Dr Paul Rizzi at

The Hovair Systems Division of British Turntable has supplied a manually operated air film turntable to Georgia-Pacific, Sheffield to streamline the loading of large reels of tissue paper into processing machinery in the minimum space available. The 3.6m diameter unit is similar to one supplied by the company to Georgia-Pacific’s mill in South Wales.

In operation the paper reels are placed on the turntable by a forklift truck and are then turned through 90 degrees so that the reel may be picked up by a crane, which then loads it into the machine. If the forklift were used to lay the paper down in the correct orientation for the crane, there would only be space for a single reel to be ready for use at any one time. By using the turntable, however, four reels can be made ready for loading. This also removes the need to use a truck in the area during loading and thereby reduces the risk of accidents, says Hovair.

The turntable has been built with a rotational load capacity of 5t and a drive-over capacity of 16t allowing large, loaded forklift trucks to drive over the flush fitted unit when it is not in use.

Being air operated, the turntable has virtually no mechanical moving parts and requires no lubrication. Consequently the abrasive tissue dust does not cause wear of the bearings, nor does this flammable dust become attracted to pockets of grease that may be necessary to lubricate a mechanical turntable, with attendant increased fire risk, stresses the company.


Tissue World
Tel: +32 (0) 2 536 0749
Conference (Paperloop Conferences)
Tel:+ 32 (0) 2 536 0752
Tel: +44 (0)1204 525626

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