A paper mill’s heart is the continuous machine.

A paper mill’s heart is the continuous machine.

A paper mill’s heart is the continuous machine. “A monster of technology and speed that feeds on dirty water and produces rolls of paper.” This is how an inexperienced visitor would describe the machine. By only using words to describe the machine, we cannot add the noise that is part of the magic, and which heightens its importance. The continuous machine has been used in paper mills since 1800. It was built in Holland, and then evolved throughout the years to become more and more powerful. It’s called continuous because usually it’s a really grand system which works non-stop. It treats paper paste until it becomes real paper, making it an essential machine for any paper mill and any kind of paper.

Cartiera dell’Adda holds at the heart of its plant a continuous machine that the company defines a gem. The machine is exemplary in the production of grey cardboard. The machine is 100m long, and it’s the first in Italy in terms of width in the production of the paperboard roll. It was built by the company Carcano di Maslianico who was forced to transform their space to meet Pino Cima’s technical requests, the founder of Calolzio Corte. The year is 1956, the Cima family looks to the future and designs a new performing plant. The result of these investments is a highly technologically advanced company. Pino Cima’s intuitions on using recycled paper as a raw material were ahead of his time, as well as the idea of recovering heat for the production of electric energy.

The machine contains all the work segments which are distinctive of paper or cardboard: the Headbox where the paper paste is inserted, the Wire section where excess water is removed to form the sheet of paper, which is then pressed in the Press, dried in the Dryer, smoothed and shined in the Calendar section, and finally rolled up thanks to the Reel. During this operation the characteristics of the product are defined, like weight, candling, thickness…

Every kind of paper requires a different machine with different specifics. This is why in Cartiera dell’Adda, the continuous machine was designed and started in tight collaboration with the designer and the entrepreneur who commissioned it, producing only carboard and recycled paperboard.

Today, Cartiera dell’Adda’s continuous machine has undergone many transformations and improvements in the last 68 years of activity, always keeping up with modern times, and featuring a very sophisticated technological part which is licensed – the section where the sheet is formed.

The carboard sheets can be a few kilometers long, and the working speed can break 30km/h.

At the moment, Cartiera dell’Adda’s machine can produce more than 25 tons of paperboard every hour.

A paper mill’s heart is the continuous machine.
A paper mill’s heart is the continuous machine.

Cartiera dell’Adda supports the Molinatto campus

Cartiera dell’Adda supports the Molinatto campus

Cartiera dell’Adda supported the second- and third-year students of the Molinatto Campus, in Oggiono (Lecco), who, on the open day, presented their project “An enterprise for adults“. The project envisaged their participation in the national competition 10X Challenge, which was aimed at strengthening economic-entrepreneurial skills.

The two groups worked as real start-ups, carrying out a market survey and creating a logo for their company. They also deal with the social media communication and built prototypes, conceiving the points of sale to display their products.

Cartiera dell’Adda has strongly supported their creations, linked to the concept of eco-sustainability and the value of the circular economy.

The company has in fact supplied the cardboard useful for the creation of the “Ecobomb” packaging; it has been used also for a chromatic variation of the “SEI” object holder.

The students had many purchase requests and their next commitment will be the creation of the products.

To know better the Molinatto Campus: https://www.campusmolinatto.it/
For more information on the 10X Challenge project: https://www.jaitalia.org/10x-challenge/

Training course in dialect of Bergamo

training course in dialect of bergamo

Training course in dialect of Bergamo for the mechanics of Cartiera dell’Adda. In April, the team of mechanics revolutionized their workspace in an exceptional way!

How did they do it? Introducing some elements for the “reduction of waste” during work.

Under the guidance of a consultant, who presented explanatory slides and practical examples, the mechanics tried to apply 5 basic rules to tidy up the workspace. Objective: to optimize the activity in terms of efficiency and savings, considering time and effort. The peculiarity of the course was the translation of the guidelines provided by the consultant into the “native language”: the dialect of Bergamo.

Thus, during the training course, the watchword “reduction of waste” became TÉGN A MÀN, which means save money!

The commitment during the course was remarkable. The collaboration and harmony between everyone have led to clear results, repaying the great effort of the day.

Cartiera Dell’Adda testimonial at the Ecoforum Rifiuti Lombardia

Cartiera Dell’Adda testimonial at the Ecoforum Rifiuti Lombardia

Cartiera dell’Adda was invited to the Ecoforum Rifiuti Lombardia to talk about its “sustainable” experience.

The event took place on March 10th, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

The Ecoforum is organized annually by Legambiente with the aim of promoting multidisciplinary projects with various national and international stakeholders (institutions, companies, universities, research institutes) by linking different realities, making them dialogue and giving a boost to ongoing innovation processes, often isolated and disaggregated.

So Cartiera Dell’Adda was represented by Eng. Giuseppe Cima. The director of the company told the story and the projects in the field of sustainability by speaking at the round table discussion “The new opportunities of the circular economy package. How companies face change “.

In particular, Eng. Cima talked about the sustainable practices implemented by Cartiera dell’Adda throughout the paper production process: from the exclusive use of waste paper to careful and meticulous use of raw materials.

For more information: https://www.legambientelombardia.it/ecoforum-rifiuti-leconomia-circolare-nella-transizione-ecologica/

Cartiera Dell’Adda was represented by Eng. Giuseppe Cima

Cartiera dell’Adda Sailing Trophy

Cartiera dell'Adda sailing trophy

Cartiera dell’Adda organizes a sailing Trophy with the collaboration of Marvelia sailing club dedicated to young sailors. It will be from 12 to 17 July 2021 in Dongo (Lake Como). Optiweek is the six-day Trofeo Cartiera dell’Adda: an event for Optmist and Optimisti.


Such an inititative is produced by the technical sponsor Negri Nautica. Cartiera dell’Adda Sailing Trophy is a real event with six-day of tactics, strategy, racing rules and athletic training: from 12 to 14 July, the technical meeting and from 15 to 17 July the team racing. Michele Ricci is the International coach leading the Regatta and he is a high-caliber professional, specialized in Team race and Match race. He is also one of the best Italian referees. His lessons are a great success especially about the basic rule 42. At the end of the Trofeo Cartiera dell’Adda, evening with closing party.

For more info: Marvelia