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Valmet to reconstruct Alas Dorada’s tissue machine in El Salvador

Valmet has secured a contract to rebuild Alas Dorada's PM4 tissue machine in El Salvador to increase production capacity and paper quality.

The company will install an Advantage ViscoNip press aggregated with an Advantage ReDry web heater.

The rebuild will enable Alas Dorada to enhance production capacity by increasing press dryness, as well as improve quality of the paper as a second stage.

According to Valmet, the rebuilt machine is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

As part of the reconstruction, Valmet will replace a current suction press roll with an Advantage ViscoNip press to increase production, improve product quality and decrease energy consumption.

Advantage ReDry web heater is said to enhance the targets by using exhaust air and humidity from the hood to heat wood, allowing to increase post pressure consistency.

Alas Doradas is claimed to be one of the three main manufacturers of tissue paper in Central America.

The firm’s facility, which is situated in El Salvador, is using an advanced European technology to manufacture tissue paper products. It produces toilet paper in single ply and double ply, paper napkins and kitchen towels.

Alas Doradas technical director Carlos Jerez said: "We have evaluated several options carefully and found that Valmet's Advantage ViscoNip technology will provide the press dryness, capacity and product quality we are aiming for.

Valmet tissue mills unit sales manager Kent Nika said: “We are also proud to have been chosen as supplier after their long and careful evaluation and we see this as a start of a long-lasting relation.”

Valmet is engaged in the development and supplying of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.

Image: Alas Doradas manufactures tissue paper products. Photo: courtesy of hyena reality /