Voith recently joined the 4evergreen alliance, an association of more than 60 companies along the entire value chain of fiber-based packaging with the common goal of increasing the recycling rate of fiber-based packaging to over 90% by 2030. “We are very pleased to be part of the 4evergreen initiative”, says Bernd Gueldenberg, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Voith Paper. “The cross-industry alliance's goal of driving sustainable, recyclable fiber-based packaging solutions fits perfectly with Voith's DNA and our vision to improve our world with highly sustainable and efficient technologies.” Various future projects are planned as part of the alliance.
Voith has been strongly committed to the optimized recycling of paper and the development of sustainable products and processes for many years. With innovative technologies, the company plays an important role in the market. In Heidenheim at the Fiber Technology Center, for example, Voith is conducting research on optimized recycling processes to reduce fiber loss as well as energy and water consumption. The pilot plant consists of all relevant stock preparation machines installed in full scale. A flexible design allows any combination of the individual process stages to work with each other. Supported by state-of-the-art sensor technology, automatic process data acquisition and extensive laboratory analyses, the recycling processes of tomorrow are developed at the Fiber Technology Center. Also within the framework of the 4evergreen initiative, the Fiber Technology Center enables the knowledge gained to be transferred into practice, thus promoting the joint development of innovative and sustainable strategies.