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Essity is one of the world’s largest tissue manufacturers and we are now evaluating the integration of alternative fiber as a complement to fresh and recovered fiber as raw material in its production. The process will enable a reduction in the use of water, energy and chemicals while the by-product of the integrated pulping process will be further refined to serve as a substitute for oil-based chemicals.
“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,” - Magnus Groth, Essity’s President and CEO.
Essity has signed a license agreement securing exclusive rights to a new technology to produce pulp from alternative fiber that will have the same quality as conventional wood-based pulp at a competitive cost. The source of the fiber is agricultural byproducts such as wheat straw which is often made into compost or incinerated. The production in an integrated facility in Mannheim is expected to begin in the second half of 2020.