Responsibility for the environment

Paper turns into more paper. Waste paper processing saves energy, water and virgin fiber. With new technologies, even high-quality papers can now be made from recycled paper.


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Responsibility for the environment

Green technologies for a green world. Modern paper making sets standards for eco-friendliness and sustainability with new technologies.


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Responsibility for the environment

A day without paper? Unthinkable. Paper is an essential ingredient of our life and fascinates us day after day.


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Paper for a Sustainable World

Voith is the technological leader for efficient, resource-sparing paper production. Using new processes and concepts, the company is working intensively on the paper production of the future. The ATMOS process revolutionizes the production of tissue paper. The "Integrated EcoMill" makes paper plants more efficient and economical.

Every child knows: recycling waste paper protects the environment. More recycled paper means lower consumption of valuable raw materials such as virgin wood fiber.

And most of all: using recycled paper means that up to seven times less water and energy are used.

"Paper is the stuff eco-dreams are made of: degradable, renewable and reusable!"

Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger,
Member of the Corporate Board of Management,
Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Paper

Going All the Way: The "Integrated EcoMill“


With integrated water, fiber and energy cycles, the IEM consumes less resources than conventional mills.

Making paper production more sustainable and more efficient - this can only be done by looking at the whole picture. With a sustainability concept that covers the entire process, the entire paper mill.
With the "Integrated EcoMill", Voith engineers have taken a massive step forward in this respect. The idea behind this concept: closing raw material and energy cycles. The "Integrated EcoMill" recycles water that has been used for paper making. It converts heat generated during the production into steam and energy.

And last but not least it uses waste paper as a raw material for new paper. This process creates synergy effects: the utilization of recycled paper reduces energy consumption, because processing waste paper is less energy-intensive than making paper with virgin fiber.

Voith paper machine expert Markus Oechsle says: "We wanted to design the paper mill in such a way that it differs economically and ecologically from conventional plants. We can achieve this by fully integrating all processes in the mill."

What is already possible today is demonstrated by the mill of Perlen Papier AG in Switzerland. Here, the new Voith PM 7, the world's first "Integrated EcoMill" has entered service. The plant produces approximately 450 000 tons of newsprint per year - and does so more efficiently and resource-sparingly than any other comparable machine in the world. Consistent water management reduces the water consumption by over 30 percent. And the plant is also a role model in terms of energy: five percent less electricity and ten percent less thermal energy per produced ton of paper set new standards. Looking at the whole picture pays off - for the paper maker and for the environment.

No Old Hat:

Paper Turns into ... Paper

Voith is a pioneer is waste paper preparation. After developing the technology decades ago, the company was the first to make the production of paper from waste paper actually possible. Since then, Voith engineers have continually improved and refined the process.

By now, Voith even has the technology for producing high-grade paper from waste paper. At the moment, the share of recycled fiber as raw material for paper production is at about 50 percent worldwide. If the industry succeeds to increase this share to 70 percent, the rising demand for paper over the forthcoming ten years could be met without using additional virgin fiber. An ambitious plan. But quite realistic with Voith technology.

Sustainably Soft:

High-Quality Tissue Papers from Recycled Fiber

Without tissue papers, our daily life would simply be unthinkable: be it pocket tissues, hygienic papers, napkins or kitchen roll.

With ATMOS, Voith has revolutionized the manufacturing process for these papers. For the first time, premium quality tissue can now be produced from 100 percent recycled paper. Until recently, the maximum percentage was 20. And: machines with ATMOS technology need just 60 percent of the energy of comparable plants and require a quarter less fiber.

ATMOS was developed in inter-continental cooperation between Voith engineers in Brazil and Germany.