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Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.

02/07/2020

ICT Group extends its FSC® Chain of Custody Certification

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02/07/2020

ICT Group extends its FSC® Chain of Custody Certification

Since January 2020, ICT Group enlarged its FSC® certification scope in order to sell “FSC Controlled Wood” semi-finished products. By achieving this goal, our B2B sector will have another tool available to develop its business.

11/06/2020

Final victory for ICT in Europe on patent infringement case against ESSITY

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11/06/2020

Final victory for ICT in Europe on patent infringement case against ESSITY

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A (ICT), a Lucca-based company and leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, with subsidieries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland, is pleased with the now final decisions of the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to ICT’s three ply toilet paper. The company is also satisfied to have demonstrated beyond doubt that its Branded and Private Label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859.

The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain, have confirmed ICT’s argumentation that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.

The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.

In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other Private Labels, all produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analysed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts in first instance and in appeal rejected the claims and additionally the courts have ordered that Essity pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.

In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In May 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German part of the patent 1 081 284 was not infringed by products marketed by the German subsidiary of ICT.

In Spain, after a first decision in favour of Essity at the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a very well written appeal that ICT’s products, and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain Private Label product 3 Ply, were not infringing the Spanish part of the patent  1 081 284.

05/06/2020

Lucca-based Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti Group donates 10,000 FFP2 masks to the San Luca hospital

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05/06/2020

Lucca-based Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti Group donates 10,000 FFP2 masks to the San Luca hospital

Lucca, 5 June 2020 Northwest Tuscany Local Health Authority press release.

A new donation by Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti to the San Luca hospital of Lucca. In mid-April, the company donated 2 bronchoscopy video columns, one fiberscope with video camera, and 2 portable ultrasound systems for the Covid-19 ward of the hospital of Lucca, and 2 defibrillators for the AMI (acute myocardial infarction) network of the 118 emergency service. A little over a month later, the Lucca-based company, leader in the sector of paper products for domestic use, with companies in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland, donated approximately 10,000 FFP2 masks, especially necessary for those who assist patients who are infected or who may be infected by Covid-19, to San Luca hospital.

In this way, ICT Group gives another tangible and concrete sign of support to the doctors, nurses and all healthcare personnel of the Lucca hospital to sustain the efforts against the virus.

The Management of the Tuscany (North West) Local Health Authority and the management of the Lucca hospital thanked ICT for its generosity, also on behalf of the entire personnel of San Luca hospital. These past few months, the solidarity and support of the entire community has played a fundamental role in motivating and supporting healthcare operators every day. (dp)

 

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