In 2016, a group of entrepreneurial telecom investors at ONI Communications purchased Fapajal Tissue, focused on modernizing the company’s infrastructures and processes, as well as developing new products, markets and international customers.
Why Fapajal? Says Rodriguez-Martín, President, “When we discovered Fapajal, we immediately saw a fit for our business approach. We could use digital expertise to build a future around existing and new customers. With customers at the Fapajal core, we could transform a traditional company into a globally focused niche player. Passion, soft technology and customer-centric practices could create something different, even a model for all of Portugal.”
Fapajal has three tissue machines, one of them dating back to 1870. TM2 uses recycled paper and virgin pulp for speciality grades. TM3, installed in 2012, is a 55 tpd workhorse, producing most of their parent rolls. Their hardwood and softwood furnish, as well as recycled fiber, are refined separately. The mill management team recognized that optimizing refining was critical in order to increase capacity and lower production costs.
Sergio Faria, Production Manager says, “Even though we have our own cogeneration, lower energy costs matter. We were certain that AFT’s refining know-how and Finebar plates could help us increase fiber yield, and cut energy usage. What we didn't expect was the amount of gains we'd achieve in fiber quality, increased production and energy savings.” Faria likes AFT's latest refiner plate technology: lightweight and easy to install Finebar MiniSegments that a single operator can change safely and quickly.
As Rodriguez-Martín explains about partnerships with suppliers, “AFT is an ideal fit for our customer-centric philosophy. They have global experience and know-how, yet they focus on very specific needs, one customer at a time.”
AFT is a global supplier specializing in stock preparation, screening, refining and paper machine approach flow. With over 110 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying tailored solutions, AFT helps to improve performance with trademarked advancements: Finebar - ultra low intensity refining, Powerwave - energy efficient screening, MaxiPulper - advanced pulping technologies, POM Systems and more. For more information, please contact us at Marketing@aft-global.com.