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Cascades starts up Voith Atmos tissue machine in Candiac


March 4, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

With the start-up of a new technology at its Candiac tissue paper mill, Cascades is the only manufacturer in North America to have the Voith Atmos technology to produce a superior quality tissue paper with less recycled fibres. The investment…

With the start-up of a new technology at its Candiac tissue paper mill, Cascades is the only manufacturer in North America to have the Voith Atmos technology to produce a superior quality tissue paper with less recycled fibres. The investment at Candiac, Que., could total more than $30 million.

This new technological addition will allow Cascades to manufacture tissue products with fewer fibres, less energy, less water and fewer chemical products than in any other paper manufacturing process.

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“Since its foundation, and well before it became in fashion, Cascades believed in sustainable development. That is why we have invested in a new “TAD equivalent” technology, which enables us to produce premium and ultra quality tissue paper, while being even more mindful of the environment,” stated Suzanne Blanchet, president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group.

According to Voith, the Atmos technology for premium tissue production consumes significantly less energy than through-air-dried (TAD) production. Instead of hot air drying (as in TAD), the tissue web in the Atmos process runs over a vacuum roll which sucks out the water.

With the Atmos technology, Cascades Tissue Group becomes the first to enter a new era in the production of tissue paper in North America. While other machines manufacture ultra quality tissue paper with mostly virgin fibres, this “TAD equivalent” technology is able to manufacture similar quality tissue paper with a majority of recycled fibres.

This project will benefit from a financial contribution of $4.9 million by Investissement Québec.

In the coming weeks, Cascades Tissue Group will bring to market a new Ultra bathroom tissue to be added to the Cascades Enviro® line of tissue paper. Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres.


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