Papermaking for Life

Water is precious

Every liter saved is a gain

In terms of water shortage, the requirements and water rights are becoming more stringent for paper mill operators at many locations. Especially in regions with water scarcity, closed water cycles are becoming increasingly important. We develop and deliver solutions that drastically reduce water consumption in paper production, primarily through the development of closed water loops.

Papermaking for Life - Water
Papermaking for Life - Water
Water savings
Water savings of up to 60% already achieved
Zero liters of process effluent
Zero liters of process effluent with immediate effect with AquaLine Zero
World's first closed water circuit
Most efficient closed water circuit with the AquaLine concept with minimized fresh and effluent water consumption
1.5 l fresh water per kg paper
AquaLine Zero reduces fresh water consumption to only about 1.5 liters per kilogram of paper produced
New, disruptive technologies
Disruptive technologies for a completely new papermaking process with 90% water savings by 2030
Strong expertise with Meri
Strong expertise with Meri for an optimized water and wastewater management
Papermaking for Life - Water
With state-of-the-art solutions, Voith and Meri set industry standards in water and wastewater management.
Annabelle Köcher, Jr. Process Engineer Meri Environmental Solutions

AquaLine – A sustainable water management concept

Voith Paper's AquaLine concept ensures sustainable water management. Through the combination of biological cleaning systems, filter systems and recirculation systems, no more wastewater is produced during paper production (AquaLine Zero). Voith Paper is thus the first in the industry to offer a closed water loop with minimized water use - further proof of the company's innovative strength in the area of sustainability.
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Our technologies

Our vision is to reduce fresh water consumption towards zero for all paper grades. The gradual switch to using purified and filtered water that is recirculated is the key to significantly reducing water consumption in paper production.

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With FlowJec, Voith has developed today’s most efficient dosing system for sustainable and resource-conserving dosing of all chemicals and additives in the paper manufacturing process.
Success Case (Water saving)

Tissue Machine



Thanks to its novel design, FilmLube ensures uniform lubrication at all times. This results in a more uniform moisture cross profile, improved paper quality and lower water consumption.
Success Case (Water saving)


With HydroSeal the integrated lubrication of the sealing strips requires less water and energy to operate. That leads to a reduction in the consumption of fresh and waste water, as well as energy consumption.
Success Case (Water saving)

Paper is the ideal material on the path to greater sustainability.
With our technologies and solutions, we ensure the most sustainable paper production.

Alone, we cannot make the world a better place.
But in strong industrial alliances, we can.

Meri Environmental Solutions - Strong expertise together with our Voith subsidiary
Meri Environmental Solutions - Strong expertise together with our Voith subsidiary

As a full-line supplier, we deliver customized water and wastewater management systems together with our subsidiary Meri Environmental Solutions. During design and installation, a special focus is placed on minimizing water consumption. At the same time, we prioritize environmental protection. For example, together we have developed the AquaLine concept. With the help of the AquaLine Zero system, wastewater consumption can be reduced to 0 liters.

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Sustainability Report 2022

In the 13th edition of this annual report, Voith documents the progress made by the company in fiscal year 2022/22 with regard to the implementation of its sustainability strategy and describes future challenges.


With over 300 digital installations to date, we are the world's leading provider of digitalization solutions in paper production. Our customers benefit from this experience in ongoing projects. Let’s make papermaking digital!

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Papermaking vision
Discover the paper production line of the future

In a visionary design study, we are creating the paper production line of the future. The vision takes into account all important aspects for a well-rounded overall concept. The focus is on improved efficiency, sustainability and increased ease of maintenance.

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Voith Paper's XcelLine paper machines won the third German Sustainability Award (DNP) in the Design competition, Vision category.
Winner of prestigious award

Voith Paper's XcelLine paper machines won the third German Sustainability Award (DNP) in the Design competition, Vision category. Already today, Voith's XcelLine paper machines are characterized by significantly reduced energy consumption, increased utilization of the paper fiber's potential, and significantly reduced water consumption. Voith Paper's visionary design study for the paper production of the future strives for CO2-neutral paper production that relies on alternative energy sources and does not require fossil fuels. 

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Would you like to learn more about holistic sustainability in paper production? Talk to our experts.

Holger Humberg

Global Product Management Voith Paper


t +49 7321 37 3209

Peter Eisen

Senior Vice Product Management Digital Voith Paper


Andreas Weis

SVP Global Product Management - Fabric & Roll Systems


t +49 7321 37 6243

Bernd Güldenberg

Senior Vice President R&D Technology Voith Paper


Lada Bemert

Vice President New Business & Research at Voith Paper


t +49 7321 37 7960

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