The Andritz PrimeLine Tissue Innovation and Application Center (PrimeLineTIAC) in Graz, Austria, has developed very successfully since its official launch in March 2018. Many international and renowned customers from the pulp and paper industry as well as from research laboratories and universities have visited the world’s most modern research center for tissue – with the focus on trials and test runs, for example to optimize fibers for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption, in order to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector.
Since the plant was started up, the pilot facility has been operating with conventional tissue grades. New Andritz products such as the latest shoe press technology, PrimePress XT Evo, have been developed successfully, and existing products and technologies, like the Andritz Vertical CrescentFormer (VRT), have been optimized. The Vertical CrescentFormer produces conventional tissue grades with lower energy consumption and better sheet quality.
With its new PrimeLineTIAC, international technology group Andritz offers utmost flexibility to customers and other stakeholders by covering all tissue grades required by the market. The pilot plant features various configurations for the production of conventional, textured, and structured (TAD) tissue. It is available to tissue producers and suppliers, research and development companies, universities, and also for Andritz’s own R&D activities.