The Future of Tissue Manufacturing to 2023

This strategic technical study from Smithers Pira highlights the production side innovations that will create a springboard for tissue manufacturers to grow their industry across 2018–23.


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 05 Feb 2018
Product format: Hard Copy, Digital Copy
Number of tables: 35
Number of figures: 37
The Future of Tissue Manufacturing to 2023
  • The Future of Tissue Manufacturing to 2023 is built upon original research and critical analysis of patents, R&D work and the latest installations for all formats of tissue making equipment, fibre types and chemicals & additives.
  • The route to commercialisation for new technologies is analysed within the wider context of an evolving tissue market.
  • This involves assessing its relevance to important market trends, including environmental/regulatory requirements, end-user requirements, and regional differences in consumer use.


Our exclusive content:

  • Dedicated technical insight into the key technologies poised to push expansion in global tissue markets
  • Strategic analysis of the business, raw material and consumer trends underpinning this innovation
  • Over 60 detailed tables and figures.

What methodology is used?

This in-depth Smithers Pira study has been developed from a wide-ranging primary survey of experts from across the global tissue production and use chain. This was used to identify and rank the issues most important to the future development of the tissue industry worldwide.

Priority technologies and trends were identified and then became the subject of extensive secondary research – via conference proceedings, Smithers proprietorial and third-party databases, registered patents , press releases and the trade and scientific press – as well as further direct interviews.

What will you discover?

  • Definitive profiles of the most-exciting and disruptive innovations in tissue manufacturing from 2018-2023
  • Expert analysis of the strengths and weakness of these innovations across key technical and market metrics
  • Analysis of shifting market demands for tissues across the forecast time period.

Who should buy this report?

  • Suppliers of pulp, paper and alternative tissue feedstocks
  • Manufacturers of tissue forming and processing equipment
  • Tissue plant owners and operators
  • Tissue product and brand owners
  • Paper industry consultants and analysts.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

Executive summary

  • Introduction
  • Disruptive technologies and trends in tissue manufacturing 2018-2023
  • Disruptive technologies and trends in tissue fibre 2018-2023
  • Disruptive technologies and trends in tissue end-uses 2018-2023

Introduction and Methodology

  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Economic model
  • Definitions
  • Abbreviations and glossary of terms

Tissue manufacturing in 2018 – Industry and market overview

  • Introduction
  • Sustainability
    • Water Consumption
    • Energy efficiency in production
    • Water recovery for reuse
  • Operating Strategies
  • Tissue process technologies
    • Stock Preparation and Refining
    • Tissue forming configurations
      • Fourdriner
      • Pressure former/suction breast roll
      • Twin Wire C-wrap
      • Twin Wire Suction C-wrap
      • Twin Wire S-wrap
      • Crescent former
    • Tissue Machine Processes
      • Machine-Glazed
      • Wet crepe/semi crepe
      • Dry crepe
      • Structured tissue processes
      • Air laid tissue
      • Foam Forming
    • Tissue machine clothing
      • Forming fabrics
      • Press felts
      • Reel Fabrics
  • Measuring, monitoring, and automation
  • Tissue making – Talent and skills development
  • Geographic perspectives
    • Western Europe
    • Eastern Europe
    • North America
    • Central & South America
    • Asia
  • Manufacturing processes and trends summary

Cutting-edge tissue manufacturing technology developments 2018-2023

  • Introduction
  • New Tissue Technology sources
  • Cutting edge technologies
    • Direct Forming
    • Dewatering and Drying
    • Foam Forming
    • Structured Tissue
    • Paper machine clothing
    • TAD Evolution
      • UCTAD
      • TAD alternatives
      • ATMOS
      • NTT/QRT
    • Converting
    • Industry 4.0
  • Tissue Property Trade-offs and Operating Curves
    • Softness versus Strength
    • Bulk versus Strength
  • Technology Trends Summary

Tissue fibre and technology trends to 2023

  • Introduction
  • Fibre sustainability
    • Non-governmental organisations (NGO)
    • Corporate initiatives
  • Wood fibre supply
    • Softwood
    • Hardwood
  • Fibre integration
  • New fibre sourcing
    • Non-wood fibre products
    • Non-wood fibre projects
  • Recycled Fibre
  • Fibre production technologies
    • Bio-Refinery
    • Nano Cellulose
    • Fibre treatments
    • Synthetic fibre and foam forming
  • Summary of trends and potential disruptive fibre technologies

Tissue manufacturing additives and chemicals to 2023

  • Introduction
  • Chemical supply
  • Additive and chemical functions
  • Wet-end systems
    • Stock preparation systems
    • Enzyme pulp treatment
  • Strength additives
    • Dry strength tissue
    • Wet strength tissues
    • Temporary wet strength tissues
    • Debonders and softeners
  • Other wet-end chemicals
  • Yankee crepe aids
  • Converting chemicals
    • Adhesives
    • Functional chemistry added to tissues
    • Antimicrobial formulations
    • Other functional chemicals

Tissue manufacturing end-user perspectives 2023

  • Introduction
  • Tissue properties
    • Grammage (basis weight)
    • Tensile strength testing
    • Thickness (calliper)
    • Absorbency
    • Appearance
    • Softness
  • Tissue products and demand 2018-2023
  • Non-hygienic tissue
    • Wrapping
    • Specialty
    • Others
  • Hygienic tissue
    • Consumer (at-home)
      • Bathroom tissue
      • Facial tissue
      • Paper towel
      • Paper napkin
    • Demand drivers – Consumer at-home tissue products
    • Commercial (away-from-home)
      • Bathroom tissue
      • Facial tissue
      • Paper towel
      • Paper napkin
    • Demand drivers – Consumer away-from-home tissue products
    • Public health awareness
    • Demand – product extension and tissue replacements
    • Tissue product replacements/substitutions
      • Synthetic nonwoven wipes
      • Water washing
      • Washroom hand towels
      • Electric hand dryers
  • Summary of trends and potential disruptive in end-use tissue applications

Tables and Figures

List of tables

  • Disruptive trends and technology for tissue manufacture 2018-2023
  • Disruptive trends and technology for tissue fibre supply 2018-2023
  • Disruptive trends and technology for end-user consumption of tissue products 2018-2023
  • Assumptions for economic modelling of tissue supply 2018-2023
  • Global tissue producers 2018
  • List of tissue makers participating in WWF Leadership in Sustainability programme
  • Tissue forming configurations
  • Summary: Disruptive trends identified in tissue manufacturing process
  • Tissue making technology institutions
  • Pilot tissue machines
  • Prior cutting-edge tissue technologies
  • Water to be removed per kilogram of tissue production
  • Tissue drying rates and energy consumption
  • TAD fabric design constraints
  • Cutting-edge machinery disruptive trends
  • WWF‘s deforestation fronts
  • Key sustainability issues: tissue fibre supply:
  • Use of recycled fibres in at-home and away-from-home tissue in North America
  • Sustainable non-virgin wood tissue fibres
  • Recent non-wood patent activity
  • Georgia-Pacific microfibre patent activity 2016-2017
  • Recent softwood fibre treatment patent activity
  • Recent hardwood and recycled fibre treatment patent activity
  • Disruptive fibre trends 2018-2023
  • Selected recent pulp treatment patents
  • Dry strength additives
  • Strength additives selected patent activity (2015-2017)
  • Converting adhesives functions
  • Selected patents for other functional chemicals in tissue manufacture (2015-2017)
  • Summary: Disruptive trends identified in tissue additives
  • Tissue physical properties tests
  • Consumer hygiene tissue demand drivers
  • Commercial tissue demand drivers
  • Regional combined tissue consumption 2016
  • Disruptive trends in end-user demand for tissue 2018-2023

List of figures

  • WWF participants by grade
  • Porter’s 5 forces
  • Typical fibre refiner and illustrated activity
  • Detail of fibre Impact by refiner bar
  • Illustration of fibre refining effects
  • Fourdrinier continuous paper machine
  • Suction breast roll former
  • Twin wire C-wrap former
  • Twin wire C-wrap former schematic
  • Twin wire S-wrap former schematic
  • Crescent former schematic
  • Post-nip dryness versus pressure uniformity
  • Reel fabric application
  • Flow nozzle illustration
  • Tissue softness versus strength
  • Structured tissue impact on softness versus strength relationship
  • Structured tissue uncompacted and compacted regions
  • Bulk versus strength
  • Typical TAD Configuration
  • Uncreped TAD layout
  • Georgia-Pacific eTAD process
  • Georgia-Pacific eTAD product
  • Air dry tissue
  • Voith Atmos technology
  • Valmet New Tissue Technology process
  • Rainforest Alliance Certification label
  • Bamboo pulp tissue
  • Essity hand towel recycling material flow
  • Valmet New Tissue Technology process
  • Functional chemistry in North American products
  • Processes for adding functional chemicals in converting
  • Tissue grammage conversions
  • Tissue softness analyser
  • Sample tissue softness analyser output
  • The Tjebbi portable bidet
  • Kohler NUMI automated toilet
  • Xlerator Hand Dryer