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Essity and Voith Partner to Develop Sustainable Tissue-Production Process

Essity and Voith have come together to develop a sustainable CO2-neutralized tissue-production process. The process will reduce the freshwater consumption requirement by 95 percent and energy consumption by 40 percent.

March 23, 2023

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Essity has contracted Voith to co-develop a new sustainable tissue-making process. The new disruptive concept will revolutionize and rethink tissue manufacturing, in comparison to conventional paper-making processes, by enabling CO2-neutral tissue production and reducing freshwater consumption by 95 percent, and energy consumption by up to 40 percent.

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

“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,” says Mr. Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity. A few weeks ago, Essity became the first company in the industry to produce tissue in a CO2-free production process using renewable hydrogen, and one and a half years earlier, it managed to produce high-quality tissue from agricultural waste.

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Mr. Andreas Endters, President & CEO of Voith Paper, further commented, “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.”