Valmet, Georgia-Pacific enter into eTAD technology agreement

P&PC staff
May 19, 2018
By P&PC staff
May 19, 2018 – A licensing agreement covering the eTAD tissue-making technology has been jointly entered by Valmet and Georgia-Pacific. Under the agreement, Valmet will market, manufacturer and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD machines operating in North America, the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fibre ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production," Jan Erikson, VP sales, tissue mills business unit, Valmet, said. "Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range."

"This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," Kurt Adams, vice-president, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibres, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals.

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