• Voith's XcelLine paper machines win German Sustainability Award in the Design competition, Vision category;
• The future study "Papermaking Vision," which was presented last year, contributed significantly to the award;
• With leading solutions, Voith paper machines enable significant energy and water savings for the most resource-efficient operation possible.
Voith Paper's XcelLine paper machines won the third German Sustainability Award (DNP), presented last Thursday in Düsseldorf, [in the Design,] in the Design competition, Vision category.
The German Sustainability Award is the most comprehensive award of its kind in Europe, with eight competitions, a high number of applicants and more than 2,000 guests at the various closing events. The award is presented by the Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V. (German Sustainability Award Foundation) in cooperation with the German government, leading municipal associations, business associations, civil society organizations and research institutions.
"We are overwhelmed that our paper machines prevailed among the many competitors. The award underlines our market-leading and innovative solutions that contribute significantly to a sustainable transformation in the paper industry."
Dr. Michael Trefz, President Projects at Voith Paper
The decisive factor for the DNP jury was the contribution to achieving the climate targets of the 2030 Agenda. The XcelLine paper machines convinced across the board with their highly efficient design and the resulting resource savings: From material selection and product design to optimal production operation and product durability, the modular paper machines set industry standards. The award in the Vision category is also based on the design study "Papermaking Vision," which Voith presented in 2021 and which shows the future of the papermaking process. The visionary concept is already being integrated step by step in customer projects and optimizes performance as well as design, safety, ease of operation and maintenance, and quality.
The design study also plays into the goals of Voith Paper's Papermaking for Life sustainability program.
At the ceremony, Prof. Michael Baumgart presented the German Sustainability Award to Dr.Christoph Lapp, Senior Vice President Product Management at Voith Paper. Copyrights: Dariusz Misztal.
"As the leading full-line supplier in the paper industry, we see it as our responsibility to provide our customers with the most sustainable and efficient paper production. In addition to technical performance, the focus of Voith's research and development teams has been on maximum sustainability and resource efficiency from the very beginning."
Dr. Michael Trefz, President Projects at Voith Paper
By 2030, the sustainability program aims to achieve 100% CO2-neutral paper production, reduce fresh water consumption by 90% and increase the paper recycling rate to 90%. To achieve this, Voith is relying on energy-optimized products, highly efficient solutions and disruptive innovations. Digitalization and automation solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio are further levers for optimal production. Sustainability is also deeply anchored in the company's own activities: Voith operates in a CO2-neutral manner at all its locations worldwide and was once again awarded a prime status of B- by the independent rating agency ISS ESG. This rating places Voith among the top three companies worldwide in the area of sustainability compared to 176 other plant and mechanical engineering companies.
"For our team, the German Sustainability Award is recognition and motivation to continue on the path towards resource efficiency in the long term."
Dr. Christoph Lapp, Senior Vice President Product Management at Voith Paper
The jury of the German Sustainability Award was convinced by Voith's holistic approach to playing a pioneering role in the paper industry, both today and in the future. Voith therefore "quite rightly" won the German Sustainability Award, said Prof. Michael Baumgart, founder of the Cradle to Cradle concept, at the award ceremony in Düsseldorf.
About German Sustainability Award (DNP)
German Sustainability Award (DNP) The German Sustainability Award (nachhaltigkeitspreis.de) is the national award for excellence in sustainability in business, communities and research. With eight competitions, over 1,000 applicants and 2,000 guests to the events, the award is the largest of its kind in Europe. The setting for the award ceremony is the German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf, the most visited annual communication platform on sustainable development issues.
Papermaking for Life sustainability program
As part of the innovation and development offensive "Papermaking for Life," Voith Paper presents versatile technologies and initiatives that lead to more efficient and sustainable processes in papermaking. The focus 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 sites worldwide. Learn more about Voith Paper's innovations in sustainability.
About the Voith Group
The Voith Group (voith.com) 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 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 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.