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Essity and Voith develop groundbreaking concept for sustainable tissue production

Essity and Voith develop groundbreaking concept for sustainable tissue production
A range of consumer tissue brands in the Essity portfolio (image courtesy Essity).

Sweden-headed global hygiene and health company Essity AB has announced that it has entered an exclusive partnership with Germany-headed global technology company Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA (Voith) to develop a new tissue-making process that will reduce energy and carbon dioxide emissions while cutting water consumption by up to 95 percent.

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Voith has developed a completely new, disruptive concept that allows for carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral paper production.

Compared to conventional paper-making processes, the groundbreaking 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.

In an exclusive partnership with Voith, Essity will collaborate in the development of a new disruptive concept that revolutionizes and rethinks tissue manufacturing.

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, said Magnus Groth, President, and CEO of Essity.

The initiative adds to Essity becoming the first company in the industry to produce tissue in a CO2-free production process using renewable hydrogen as well as producing high-quality tissue from agricultural waste, both major milestones in the company’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2050.

The initiative incorporates both Essity’s extensive expertise in the tissue industry and Voith’s know-how as the leading technology supplier.

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. The fact that we have developed this new process is an important milestone in the industry and demonstrates our high level of innovation. We are very pleased to have found a suitable partner in Essity, who shares our objective of climate-neutral paper production, said Andreas Endters, President and CEO of Voith Paper.

Successful test runs have already taken place on a laboratory scale, and the concept is now being transferred to a dynamic process. A pilot phase will be launched later this year before being implemented industrially.

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