SAO PAULO, May 7, 2015 (RISI) - Argentinean tissue producer Papelera San Andrés de Giles is to launch a new converting line by the end of May, the company's commercial director Andrés Gagliardi told RISI. "We are completing the Tango II converting line installation, which will start up at the end of May with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes/month depending on the product converted."
The company invested Euro 3 million ($3.2 million) in the Tango II project.
Gagliardi added that Papelera San Andrés de Giles has also recently invested $900,000 in a new napkin folding machine supplied by Omet which produces 50,000 napkin packages per month. The company has another napkin folding machine at the San Andrés de Giles plant.
Last year, the company produced 15,000 tonnes of tissue paper on the sole paper machine at its mill located in the city of San Andrés de Giles, Buenos Aires province. "2014 was a very good year for our company. We increased our sales and sold all volume we produced. This year has started at a very good pace as well and we have very good perspective for sales with new clients," Gagliardi said.
Papelera San Andrés de Giles has also closed an agreement with Celulosa Argentina to buy 1,500 tonnes/month of tissue paper from its new paper machine installed at the company's Capitán Bermúdez mill.
According to Gagliardi, Papelera San Andrés de Giles' tissue prices increased by an average of 20% in 2014 over 2013, following the guidance of Argentina's Interior Commerce Secretary.