Voith, global packaging and recycling company Visy hold two-day workshop on decarbonization in papermaking; Energy Summit brought in leaders, experts to discuss latest solutions, technologies for energy efficiency, cost savings, operational improvements

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May 17, 2023 (press release) –

  • Experts present leading technologies and solutions
  • The companies cooperate on decarbonization workshop for sustainable paper production
  • During a World Café, topics such as customized rebuild solutions, service activities, as well as efficient spare and wear parts packages were discussed

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA/ HEIDENHEIM, GERMANY. The leading full-line supplier Voith, in collaboration with its customer Visy, a global packaging and resource recovery company, held a two-day workshop on decarbonization in papermaking last week in Melbourne. This event was supported by Appita, the leading Australasian pulp and paper technical association. The Energy Summit brought together leaders and experts to discuss the latest solutions and proven technologies for energy efficiency, cost savings and operational improvements.

The summary was positive throughout, as Jean-Yves Nouaze, Executive General Manager at Visy Pulp & Paper, also confirmed in his opening speech on Visy's decarbonization strategy.

During the event, various Voith experts showed leading technologies as well as international perspectives that promote energy efficiency in papermaking. On the first day, Michael Weiss, CTO at Voith Paper, presented current research and development work at Voith Paper on decarbonization and minimization of energy consumption and gave an insight into the energy situation in the German and European paper industry. In addition, Mark Grenning, Director of Policy and Regulation of the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA), presented current developments and challenges in the Australian energy market for large energy users in his keynote speech.

On the second day, Voith experts presented opportunities for energy savings along Voith Paper's full-line portfolio as part of a World Café. Topics such as efficient spare and wear parts packages, suitable service and maintenance concepts, as well as analyses of energy consumption and audits were discussed by the mixed groups consisting of representatives from Voith and Visy. The latest developments in digital transformation and automation were also presented. The Voith subsidiary Meri also presented efficient water management concepts that can lead to further resource savings.

As part of the innovation and development initiative "Papermaking for Life," Voith Paper presents versatile technologies and solutions that lead to more efficient and sustainable processes in papermaking. The emphasis is on water, energy and fiber savings as well as digitalization, innovations and partnerships as levers for more sustainable production. Another focus is on Voith's own activities at its locations worldwide. https://voith.com/Papermaking-for-Life/Energy

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. https://www.visy.com.au/

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