Melbourne Workshop Focuses on Decarbonization and Operational Improvements in Paper Industry

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(IN BRIEF) Voith and Visy recently organized a two-day workshop in Melbourne focused on decarbonization in papermaking. The event brought together industry leaders and experts to discuss energy efficiency, cost savings, and operational improvements. Voith showcased its technologies and international perspectives on energy reduction in the paper industry, while Visy emphasized its decarbonization strategy. The workshop covered topics such as energy-saving opportunities, digital transformation, and water management concepts. The event aligns with Voith’s “Papermaking for Life” sustainability program, which promotes efficient and sustainable practices in papermaking.

(PRESS RELEASE) MELBOURNE, HEIDENHEIM, 17-May-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Voith Group, a German manufacturer of machines for the pulp and paper industry, partnered with Visy, a global packaging and resource recovery company, to organize a two-day workshop on decarbonization in papermaking in Melbourne last week. The event, supported by Appita, the prominent Australasian pulp and paper technical association, brought together industry leaders and experts to explore solutions and proven technologies for energy efficiency, cost savings, and operational improvements.

The workshop received a positive response, with Jean-Yves Nouaze, Executive General Manager at Visy Pulp & Paper, highlighting Visy’s commitment to decarbonization in his opening speech.

Throughout the event, Voith experts presented cutting-edge technologies and shared international perspectives that promote energy efficiency in papermaking. On the first day, Michael Weiss, CTO at Voith Paper, discussed ongoing research and development efforts at Voith Paper in decarbonization and energy consumption reduction, providing insights into the energy landscape of the German and European paper industry. Mark Grenning, Director of Policy and Regulation at the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA), delivered a keynote speech on current developments and challenges in the Australian energy market for large energy users.

The second day featured Voith experts presenting opportunities for energy savings across Voith Paper’s full-line portfolio in a World Café format. Topics included efficient spare and wear parts packages, suitable service and maintenance concepts, energy consumption analysis, and audits. The session also covered the latest advancements in digital transformation and automation. Voith subsidiary Meri showcased efficient water management concepts that contribute to further resource savings.

The workshop aligned with Voith’s “Papermaking for Life” sustainability program, which focuses on developing innovative technologies and solutions to enhance efficiency and sustainability in papermaking. The program emphasizes water, energy, and fiber savings, as well as digitalization, innovations, and partnerships as drivers for more sustainable production. It also highlights Voith’s commitment to sustainable practices across its global locations.

“We have a relentless focus on energy efficiency across our pulp and paper factories and developing our own energy supply through on-site clean energy plants. The Energy Summit is an important way for us to stay up to date with state-of-the-art solutions and proven technologies to further drive energy efficiency. By bringing experts together in one room, we have been able to generate new insights and share expertise,” commented Jean-Yves Nouaze, Executive General Manager at Visy Pulp & Paper.

“The Energy Summit builds on a very good partnership with Visy and is a great example of how we can work together to drive decarbonization and energy efficiency in paper manufacturing. With our holistic approach and forward-looking solutions, we are aiming for CO2-neutral production by 2030 and are committed to a sustainable future,” said Michael Weiss, CTO at Voith Paper.

“The Energy Summit was a remarkable platform for the exchange of innovative solutions and proven technologies. We also explored efficient rebuild concepts that make a significant contribution to sustainability in paper production. The event not only strengthened our very good partnership with Visy, but also helped to further drive our spare and wear parts business as well as service activities in the region,” added Dieter Wenninger, Regional President Products & Services Asia at Voith Paper.

For more information about the “Papermaking for Life” initiative, please visit:

About Visy

Visy is a global leader in packaging and resource recovery and has been a pioneer in sustainability since its inception. The innovation, production and logistics capabilities are organized around an integrated, closed-loop approach. Together, they give rise to customized solutions that deliver lasting value to our customers, partners and communities. We have been in business for over 70 years and have more than 140 sites across Australasia, as well as commercial offices in Asia and Europe. With over 7,000 employees, our innovative approach provides end-to-end solutions for our customers’ needs in paper, primary packaging, fiber packaging, packaging materials and consumables, point-of-sale displays, automation, material handling, logistics and recycling.

About the Voith Group

The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

About Voith Paper

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and supports customers in significantly reducing their carbon footprint. With its comprehensive automation products and leading digitization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art, digital technologies to increase the availability and efficiency of their systems in all areas of the production process.

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SOURCE: Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA


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