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ICT Ibérica: a model company in Zaragoza, halfway between Barcelona and Madrid

ICT Ibérica was founded in 1999 as a trading company and in 2005 it significantly enhanced its presence on the Iberian market by setting up production facilities in El Burgo de Ebro, Zaragoza, Aragon. The facility is located in an ideal centre, 300 km from Barcelona and Madrid and 450 km from France. It is an integrated greenfield facility for the production of toilet paper, kitchen towel rolls and other tissue paper products. It is one of the most efficient and modern tissue facilities in Southern Europe. Converting started in March 2005 and the mill in October of the same year, with a capacity of 70,000 tonnes. In September 2018, the production capacity was doubled with the addition of another continuous machine, bringing production capacity up to 140,000 tonnes. Moreover, as part of the expansion project, additional processing lines were put into operation, as well as a fully automated warehouse that can handle 25,000 pallets of finished products on 10 levels. A key investment that strengthens its technological leadership.

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.

23/06/2020

Circular economy: the experience of ICT Ibérica

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23/06/2020

Circular economy: the experience of ICT Ibérica

Circular economy: since 2019, we at ICT Ibérica have been working to create a “closed loop” to reuse materials and energy.

One of the projects that has received an immediate response was the Cardboard core recovery which consists in remediation of the damaged areas of the cores for reuse in the following lower format. 

This measure involves recovering 8,600 cardboard cores per year, equivalent to savings of 360 tonnes, which leads to a reduction in associated transport of 225 trips with consequent reduction in CO2 emissions.

In this way, the linear economy that is based on the “obtain-use-and-discard” triad is transformed into a “closed loop” called circular economy in which the residue is converted into a resource, which can be used again by the production plant.

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.

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