March 29, 2023 - Voith announced that it has developed a completely new, disruptive concept that allows CO2 neutral paper production. Moreover, the groundbreaking concept reduces fresh water consumption by up to 95 percent as well as energy consumption by up to 40 percent, and the process does not require fossil fuels.
Voith has entered an exclusive partnership with Essity to drive further development of this new process. Accordingly, the development incorporates both Essity's extensive expertise in the tissue industry and Voith's knowledge in papermaking.
"As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, we have set ourselves the ambitious goal of being able to realize CO2 neutral paper production by 2030," said Andreas Endters, President and CEO of Voith Paper. "The fact that we have developed this new process is an important milestone in the industry and demonstrates our high level of innovation."
Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity, added, "Sustainability is integrated into Essity's strategy for long-term profitable growth. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The partnership with Voith is yet another concrete example of this."
Following successful trials on a laboratory scale, the research results obtained will now be transferred to a pilot line at the Voith Heidenheim site in Germany. This new set-up will enable testing under conditions close to production.
Voith Paper, part of the Voith Group, is the full-line supplier to the paper industry, providing a wide range of technologies, services, components and products, and offers paper manufacturers solutions from a single source.
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