Sofidel’s largest, most modern and sustainable production plant in the world started up in Circleville, Ohio

Sofidel’s new integrated plant, the result of the first greenfield investment in the United States, was put into production in Circleville, Ohio (USA). The plant is characterised by the adoption of innovative technologies for the paper mill, converting and warehouse phases. A total investment of about 400 million dollars, for a site that will employ around 700 people when fully operational, with a total production capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year. Two Valmet Advanced New Tissue Technology 200 (NTT) paper machines have been installed as well as ten converting lines, three of which are Constellation Fabio Perini lines. As regards sustainability, alongside the use of co-generation plants, Sofidel has implemented a system for recovering the heat generated by the turbines, which is used for drying the paper reels and for the production of steam. The plant is also at the forefront of logistics automation. By applying techniques borrowed from the food & beverage industry to the paper industry, a system has been developed for the automatic transfer of reels between the paper mill and converting phases - using laser-guided vehicles (LGVs) - and complete automation of finished product management based on the Smart Store automatic warehouse, capable of handling over 50,000 pallets of goods. This is currently the Group’s largest, most modern and most sustainable production plant, which now has new production capacity to further boost growth in the US market, the first in the world for per capita consumption in the tissue sector.

Sofidel’s largest, most modern and sustainable production plant in the world started up in Circleville, Ohio

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