Innventia, a research institute, continues to revolutionise the paper business. Its research work has now produced a new method that will result in a stronger paper with lower production costs and reduced raw materials consumption. This dream scenario has now become a reality for many companies in the paper business.
“For a paper mill that produces 450,000 tonnes of the new paper per year, this technology means an annual savings of approximately 120 million Swedish kronor,” says Daniel Söderberg, Research Manager and initiator at Innventia and the person behind the previous work.
A lighter IKEA catalogueFor a product such as the IKEA catalogue, approx. 200 million copies of which are distributed each year, this means enormous savings. For the papermaking industry as a whole, this implies a savings in billions of kronor.
European collaborative project
As of June 2010, Innventia is leading BoostEff, an EU project with a total budget of 11 million Euro, to demonstrate the industrial and economical potential of the method. Using Aq-vane, with its possibilities for advanced dosage, Innventia, in collaboration with Stora Enso, a paper producer, is developing the kind of paper that is used in catalogues and magazines.
The Aq-vane technique has the potential to generate increased profits based on the form of savings in the fibre raw materials and energy.
“Within BoostEff several companies and institutes from around Europe are collaborating with us at Innventia,” explains Daniel. “When the project comes to an end in 2013, the technology will also be available to the rest of the industry giving the opportunity of an increased profitability and, most of all, an improved paper.”