Sustainable paper production

Voith and Essity develop groundbreaking concept

Saving CO2 emissions and energy are among the most important fields of action of our time. Voith has therefore developed a completely new, disruptive concept that enables CO2-neutral paper production. In addition, the forward-looking concept reduces fresh water consumption by up to 95 % and energy consumption by up to 40 % in the entire papermaking process.

The disruptive process no longer requires fossil fuels. Voith has now entered into an exclusive partnership with Essity, a global hygiene and healthcare company, to drive further development of this new process. The development incorporates Essity‘s extensive expertise in the tissue industry and Voith‘s know-how as a leading technology provider.

„As the leading full-line supplier in the paper industry, we have set ourselves the ambitious goal of achieving CO2-neutral paper production by 2030,“ says Andreas Endters, President & CEO of Voith Paper. „The fact that we have developed this new process is an important milestone in the industry and demonstrates our high innovative strength. We are very pleased to have found a suitable partner in Essity, who shares our objective of climate-neutral paper production.“

„Sustainability is part of Essity‘s strategy for long-term profitable growth. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and becoming carbon neutral by 2050. This partnership with Voith is another concrete example of this,“ says Magnus Groth, President & CEO of Essity.

After successful laboratory-scale trials, the research results obtained will now be transferred to a pilot plant at Voith‘s Heidenheim site. This new facility will enable tests under near-production conditions.

Sustainability program Papermaking for Life

As part of the innovation and development offensive „Papermaking for Life,“ Voith Paper presents versatile technologies and initiatives that lead to more efficient and sustainable processes in papermaking. The focus is on water, energy and fiber savings as well as digitalization, innovations and partnerships as levers for more sustainable production. Another focus is on Voith‘s own activities at its locations worldwide.


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