Pulp and Paper Canada

Valmet to supply ThruAir for Irving Consumer

April 11, 2017  By P&PC Staff

Valmet’s Advantage ThruAir tissue machine is to be delievered in 2018.

Apr. 11, 2017 – Valmet will supply a new Advantage ThruAir (TAD) machine for Irving Consumer Products. The machine will be delivered in 2018 with the goal of increasing Irving’s capacity to provide the North American market with premium household paper products. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The 2018 ThruAir machine is the fifth capital investment project between Valmet and Irving. Valmet has previously delivered ThruAir machines to Irving in Fort Edward, New York, and Toronto, Ontario, as well as major rebuilds of TM1 and TM2 tissue machines in Saint John, New Brunswick.

“This new Advantage ThruAir Drying machine will increase Irving’s production capacity for bath tissue with superior bulk and softness, and for towel products with excellent performance strength and absorbency,” said Jan Erikson, VP for Sales, Tissue mills business unit, Valmet.


Valmet’s 2018 delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line with stock preparation equipment. The new line will include an Advantage ThruAir tissue machine, featuring an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, ThruAir Dryers and Air system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The delivery also includes mist and dust systems, automation systems, basic mill engineering, and advisory services.

Irving Consumer Products, which includes Irving Tissue and Irving Personal Care, is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of household paper and baby diaper products. Irving Personal Care is the only manufacturer of baby diapers and training pants in Canada.

Valmet, with 12,000 employees around the world, generated net sales in 2016 of approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Valmet’s head office is in Espoo, Finland, and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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