Lithuania’s GRIGISKES starts construction of new Toscotec tissue line

Implementing the expansion of its paper business, Grigiskes AB has recently signed a contract with Toscotec for a new tissue line with a maximum capacity of 110 tpd.

Grigiskes AB company group is one of the leading regional player, operating in pulp and paper, packaging and wood industries, employing around 900 employees, with a yearly turnover of EUR 84 Mio. Grigiskes AB is Lithuania’s only producer of tissue products, working in this type of business for 190 years.

Company’s history counts since 1823, when the first paper manufactory was founded in Kuckuriskes that later years was incorporated into Grigiskes Group. Through many years the company was expanding and grew up into the biggest pulp and paper manufacturer in the Baltic Region. Today, Grigiskes Paper Mill is a private company belonging to the Grigiskes AB Group, operating 3 PMs with an annual tissue paper production of 28,000 tons.

Grigiskes owns the brands called GRITE and GRITE PROFESSIONAL. Today, Grite is a renowned brand not only in Lithuanian market, but in all the surrounding countries as well. The focus of the brand is to create cosiness, comfort and safety to the consumer. Grite has a wide variety of consumer hygienic paper and away-from-home products: toilet paper, towels, napkins, handkerchiefs, folded towels, wiping paper, etc. With a market share of 41% for toilet paper and 33% for kitchen towels in Lithuania, this company exports more than 60% of production to 22 countries worldwide.

In early 2011 the Company has already modernized the dry section of existing TM5 with the installation of a Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-4200MM. The project was successful, with a 25% of energy savings and 40% of capacity increasement. The good cooperation between the two companies has driven the decision to continue with this new order.

The new Toscotec’s line includes AHEAD-1.5S crescent former tissue machine with single-layer headbox, single press configuration and a Steel Yankee Dryer (TT SYD-15FT), machine auxiliaries including vacuum pumps, stock preparation plant for virgin pulp and electrification & control system. Milltech, Toscotec associate will be also deep involved in the project providing a natural gas heated hood with three stages heat recovery system, machine dust and mist removal system, hall ventilation system. A two unwind stands tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M and an automatic roll handling system complete the supply.

The machine design speed is 1900 mpm with a net web width of 2750 mm. The project will be managed by Toscotec on an EPC (Engineering and Procurement) basis.

The turnkey project will be focused on energy savings and low emission concepts with a great attention to the environmental issues. “For us, the environment is a main issue. We have been trying to reduce CO2 production for some years now, and we always remember that respect for the environment is an issue that many people have at heart in our country. So these are the main reasons why we recognize in Toscotec the right partner for our continuous growth” said Mr. Pangonis, President of Grigiskes Company Group.

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