Essity invests in straw pulp technology at Mannheim site

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23 May 2019 − 

Essity is investing approximately SEK400m in an integrated facility for the production of pulp based on alternative fibre from plant-based agricultural by-products. The investment is taking place at Essity’s tissue plant in Mannheim, Germany. Production is expected to commence in the second half of 2020.

Tissue manufacturer Essity has signed a license agreement securing exclusive rights to a new proprietary technology to produce pulp from alternative fibre that will have the same quality as conventional wood-based pulp at a competitive cost. The source of the fibre is agricultural by-products such as wheat straw which is often made into compost or incinerated.

Essity is now evaluating the integration of this alternative fibre as a complement to fresh and recovered fibre as raw material in its production. “To support our sustainability ambitions, we continuously assess new production methods. This is one example of how innovation can contribute to a sustainable and circular society,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

The process will enable a reduction in the use of water, energy and chemicals while the by-product of the integrated pulping process can be further refined to serve as a substitute for oil-based chemicals.

The Mannheim plant has around 2,000 employees, including 1,200 in production, and is Essity's largest production site in Europe. It produces toilet paper, pocket, household and folded towels as well as napkins for brands line Tork, Zewa, Danke and various private labels.

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