Under the new license agreement Kawanoe Zoki will market, manufacture and install Advantage DCT 40 and 60 machines that will be produced at the company's workshop in Zhejiang, China. Metso will supply key components including OptiFlo II TIS headboxes, Metso Yankee cylinders and suction pressure rolls, to form part of Kawanoe Zoki's deliveries.
The first joint delivery to China will be four Advantage DCT 60 tissue machines to Shandong Dongshun Group Co., Ltd.
Metso and Kawanoe Zoki have a long history of cooperation in supplying tissue machines based on Metso AdvantageTMDCT® technology for the Japanese market.
Ever since 1996, several tissue machines based on Metso technology have been successfully installed in Japan. The deliveries include key components from Metso as well as equipment manufactured by Kawanoe Zoki under a technology license from Metso.
"Some 20 years of partnership with successful projects in Japan have nurtured our current deep cooperative relationship with Metso. By combining Metso's world-class technology and our strong sales and after-sales service network in China, this new license agreement should bring success to our business in China," says Takahiro Shinohara, Kawanoe Zoki.
"Kawanoe Zoki has numerous excellent references in China for smaller size tissue machines, and combining this with Metso's unique technology and resources will provide a basis for an attractive offering to the Chinese tissue making industry," says Ingmar Andersson, Metso Tissue Mills business unit.
First delivery of four Advantage DCT 60 tissue machines to Shandong Dongshun Group
The first tissue producer to benefit from Metso's Advantage DCT 60 technology and Kawanoe Zoki's vast experience is Shandong Dongshun Group Co., Ltd, which placed an order for four Advantage DCT 60 tissue machines back in July, 2013. Two of the machines will be installed at the Dongping mill in Taian City, Shandong Province, in the second half of 2014 and the other two at the same mill in the first half of 2015.
"We have a long-standing relationship with Kawanoe Zoki. Since the first BestFormer Yankee paper machine was contracted in 2005, we have ordered 20 units of Kawanoe tissue machines, which demonstrate our trust and satisfaction with Kawanoe Zoki's high technological skills and committed customer services. Now their cooperation with Metso will help us to become more competitive with higher production and quality products in the Chinese market thanks to the world-leading Advantage DCT technology," says Chen Shu Ming, Chairman of the Board, Shandong Dongshun.
Kawanoe Zoki is a leading Japanese machinery maker in the pulp and paper industry. Their products range from papermaking to converting. Ever since their establishment in 1944, their machines, such as the patented BestFormer, have contributed to the developments in the tissue industry in Asia.
Shandong Dongshun Group Co., Ltd is the largest tissue paper manufacturer in northern China and one of the leading tissue makers in China in terms of both production amount and business scale. As a comprehensive household paper maker, Shandong Dongshun has expanded its product range to baby diapers and sanitary napkins in addition to toilet and tissue paper.
Metso's pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes, machinery, equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics. Our offering and experience cover the entire process life cycle including new production lines, rebuilds and services.
As of January 2014, Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business will serve its customers with an even more focused and competitive approach as an independent, listed company, Valmet Corporation*.
*Pending Metso EGM approval.