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Voith and Essity develop new concept for sustainable paper production

April 10, 2023  By P&PC Staff

Saving CO2 emissions and energy are among the most important fields of action of our time. In recognition of this fact, Voith has developed a new, disruptive concept that allows CO2 neutral paper production.

Voith shares in a press statement that the new concept reduces fresh water consumption by up to 95 percent as well as energy consumption by up to 40 percent throughout the entire papermaking process. The disruptive process no longer requires fossil fuels. Voith has now agreed to an exclusive partnership with Essity, a global hygiene and healthcare company, to drive further development of this new process. Accordingly, the development incorporates both Essity’s expertise in the tissue industry and Voith’s knowledge as a technology supplier.

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 setup will enable testing under conditions close to production.


As part of the innovation and development initiative “Papermaking for Life,” Voith Paper presents technologies and solutions that lead to more efficient and sustainable processes in papermaking. The emphasis is on water, energy and fibre savings as well as digitalization, innovations and partnerships as levers for more sustainable production.

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