The Future of Tissue Manufacturing to 2021

Tissue manufacturing is growing in all market regions, albeit at distinctly different rates. Each region requires different product performance or quality expectations


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 30 Mar 2016
Product format: Hard Copy, Digital Copy

This report will assess key tissue manufacturing technologies against regional product performance requirements, manufacturing costs, and environmental trends to determine the potential disruption themes for 2021. 

Tissue manufacturing is growing in all market regions, albeit at distinctly different rates. Each region requires different product performance or quality expectations. However, the emerging trend toward premium product offerings will continue in most, if not all, markets. Product focus is moving toward a two level strategy with economy products meeting minimum requirements and premium performance for personal comfort and luxury. Middle of the road products will increasingly be left behind.


Our exclusive content:

  • Detailed five-year forecast on manufacturing developments within the tissue market.
  • Forecasts into potential disruption themes for the manufacturing process of tissue to 2021.
  • Over 40 tables and figures of exclusive industry data.

What methodology is used? 

The Future of Tissue Manufacturing to 2021 report is based on both primary and secondary research.  Primary research included interviews with key participants in marketing, sales, production and product development for the entire tissue supply chain.  A Panel of experts was assembled to represent equipment and chemical suppliers, academics, and independent tissue consultants in North America and Europe, to gain insights on future trends and technology developments. Also, a review of recent patents filed by tissue manufacturers and suppliers was developed to highlight what topics are under development and not yet disclosed as products in the marketplace.

Secondary research included information acquired from technical literature, reports, papers, conference proceedings, company information, and other trade, business or government sources. This included a wide-ranging summary of the literature published from the past five years of the tissue papers presented at TAPPI Tissue 360 and the Tissue World conference, this has helped provide trends developing within the technology and manufacturing operations. 

 What will you discover?

  • Exclusive operating environment trends helping to push manufacturing innovation.
  • New sustainability measures helping to overcome increasing government and consumer requirements.
  • The latest market data and analysis of new tissue manufacturing processes.

Who should buy this report?

  • Pulp producers and suppliers
  • Other raw material suppliers and producers
  • Tissue Manufacturers and converters
  • Machinery and equipment suppliers
  • Tissue Suppliers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Methodology

  • Report scope
  • Report objective
  • Methodology
  • List of definitions
  • Key Assumptions Table

2. Manufacturing Processes and Trends

  • Stock Preparation Fibre Refining
  • Tissue Making Processes Future Direction with Machine configuration figures and performance table
    • Machine Glaze
    • Wet crepe/Semi crepe
    • Dry Crepe
    • Air Laid
    • Crescent Former
    • Forming Fabrics
    • Tissue Machine Configurations
    • Foam Forming
  • Measuring, Monitoring, and Automation of Tissue Making
  • Training of Operators, Maintenance, and Engineers

3. Cutting-edge Machinery Developments

  • Forming Equipment Emerging Technologies
    • Headbox and CD Controls
    • Potential Disruptive Technologies
  • Pressing and Drying of Tissue Future State with water removal versus energy tables
    • Shoe Press Applications
    • Ultra Press Fabrics
    • Ultra Yankee Hoods
    • Steel Fabricated Yankees
    • Metallised Yankees
    • Creping Blades and Systems
  • Structured Technology (TAD, ATMOS, NTT, ADT, Hybrids) for Premium Quality Tissue
    • Structured tissue TAD technology comparison tables and descriptive figures
    • Structured tissue alternatives to TAD comparison tables and descriptive figures
  • Winding and Converting Operations changing to meet product and productivity expectations

4. Fibre Technologies and Trends

  • Fibre Sourcing
    • Sustainable fibres comparison tables
    • Recycled Fibre
    • Integrated Pulp Mills
  • Pulping
    • Chemical Pulp
    • Sustainable Pulping
    • Alternative Fibres

5. Additives and Chemicals for performance, cost control, sustainability and compliance

  • Wet End Chemical Additives/Treatments with detailed tables of chemical additives opportunities and issues
    • Fibre Enzyme Treatments
    • Retention and Drainage Management
    • Stickies Control
    • Dry Strength
    • Wet Strength (temporary and permanent)
  • Crepe Aids with detailed tables of chemical additives opportunities and issues
  • Dry End and Converting with detailed tables of chemical additives opportunities and issues
    • Lotions
    • Absorbency/Wetting Agents

6. End-use Trends

  • Growing health awareness
  • Demand – product extension and tissue replacements
    • Away from home
    • At Home
  • Product Attributes:
    • Absorbency
    • Strength
    • Softness
  • Product Formats
    • Bathroom tissue
    • Facial tissue
    • Paper towel
    • Paper napkin
    • Specialty
    • Wrapping

7. Geographic Trends

  • Western Europe
  • Central and eastern Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Rest of the World

Tables and Figures

List of Figures and Tables

  • Definitions table
  • Assumptions table

Manufacturing Processes and Trends

  • Strength development through refining figure
  • Bulk versus absorbency figure
  • Basis weight versus absorbency figure
  • Tissue Machine processes table
  • Machine Glaze process figure
  • Wet Crepe process figure
  • Tissue Machine dry crepe configurations table and figures
  • Crescent Former advantages and process figure
  • Air Laid process figure
  • Forming Fabrics trends and figures
  • Foam forming advantages and issues
  • Foam forming process v.1 figure
  • Foam forming process v.2 figure
  • Tissue Process Monitoring Systems comparison table

Cutting-edge Machinery Developments

  • 2021 driving forces table: disrupting tissue manufacturing table
  • Headbox/forming systems comparison figure
  • Dewatering systems comparison table
  • Pressing process figure
  • Shoe Press application opportunities/issues table
  • Shoe Press diagram
  • Yankee Hood vs. Ultra Hood comparison table
  • Steel Yankee vs. Cast Iron advantages/disadvantages table
  • Yankee figure with key steel advantages table
  • Metallised Yankee advantages/disadvantages table
  • Ceramic creping blade advantages table
  • North American structured (TAD) towel development progress table
  • TAD process figures (TAD, UCTAD)
  • Alternative/Hybrid process figures (ATMOS, NTT, eTAD, ADT)
  • Winding and Converting process needs for structured tissue table

Fibre Technologies and Trends

  • Key sustainability issues: tissues fibre supply table
  • Reduced North American recycle content
  • Europe recovery rate
  • Enzymatic fibre upgrade table
  • Sustainable pulping table
  • Alternative fibres table

Additives and Chemicals

  • Wet End Chemicals application and use trends table
  • Fibre Enzymes application and use trends table
  • Strength Management Chemical application and use trends table
  • Creping adhesive systems application and use trends table
  • Dry End and Converting chemicals application and use trends table

End-use Trends

  • Tissue Demand at home consumption drivers table
  • Tissue Demand away from home consumption drivers table
  • Product attributes by format table

Geographic Trends

  • Global tissue producers table
  • Regional 2014 combined tissue consumption table