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Essity inaugurates new centre for napkins in Altopascio

17 Oct 2019 − 

Essity is moving most of its napkin production to the Altopascio plant in Italy. Although the plant has now been inaugurated, not all ten converting lines are operational yet.

Swedish tissue products manufacturer Essity formally inaugurated its converting centre for paper napkin production in Altopascio, Italy and, on this occasion, gave EUWID an update about the current status of the project. Essity is currently relocating a large part of its paper napkin production to the Italian site, a project which has affected (and will continue to affect) many European sites of the group.

Meanwhile, 4 converting lines out of a total of 10 are in operation at Altopascio, the company informs. The first line was started up at the end of 2018. Production on all other lines will be started up step by step by the end of 2020, a company spokesman explained but declined to provide details on production capacity. The Altopascio site currently employs 260 persons.

A major restructuring process is underway at Essity since the company was spun off from SCA, in the course of which production is being relocated and sites closed. In February 2018, the company announced that the Altopascio mill would be made into a centre for paper napkins production with 10 converting lines. In future, the group will produce nearly all its napkins at the site. Only a few Essity plants in Spain and the UK will continue to produce napkins, the company spokesman added.

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