Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB
INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND PEOPLE
Duni’s wholly-owned subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB is located in Skåpafors, Dalsland.
The plant produces paper, which is then converted to napkins and table covers in Duni’s plants in Germany and Poland. Production consists of both tissue and airlaid material. The paper pulp comes from sustainable forestry and is FSC®-labeled (Forest Stewardship Council®).
RIGHT THINGS IN THE RIGHT ORDER
The foundation for Rexcell’s positive growth in 2017 was laid through the consolidation and investment measures conducted a few years ago. Rexcell’s two airlaid plants were merged into one, and investments in new machine technology and a change in the organization were implemented at the tissue plant. To make the paper mill competitive and modern, the initiatives had to be performed in a logical order: first structural and technical, and then organizational.
IMPROVED PRODUCTION PROCESS
The machinery investment in the tissue plant makes it possible to develop new tissue qualities. At the same time, the technology enables an increased capacity in the production process. Rexcell is the first commercial facility in the world to embrace this technology, which opens up great opportunities for Duni to develop new types of napkins. At the end of the year, the decision was made to invest in upgrading the airlaid production. The increased capacity is a direct result of a clear increase in demand for premium products from airlaid material.
“The investments in both technology and people clearly show that we are on the right track. By communicating clear goals and shared processes, and exchanging experiences, Rexcell improves its business practices and makes us stronger as we face the future.”
Thomas Lööb, Director Corporate Development
CONTEXT CREATES EFFICIENCY
The organizational change implemented at the tissue plant during the year will produce results next year. When the employees feel a sense of ownership of their own area and see the context of things, it increases motivation and efficiency. Everyone can also follow key ratios in real time so they can see how their own efforts affect operations. The previous merger of the two airlaid production plants has also contributed to positive growth during the year. Two ways of working have complemented each other and created more efficient production.
STRONG POSITION FOR THE FUTURE
In 2017, focus was on production-enhancing efforts and the introduction of a new organization.This means that Rexcell will enter 2018 with a strengthened position in order to meet market demands in terms of both quality and volume.