Allnorth to engineer first-of-itskind wheat straw pulp mill in Germany for tissue-maker Essity

Vancouver, BC-based Allnorth is the engineering company supporting global health and hygiene company Essity as it builds a new non-wood pulp mill in Germany. The mill will produce pulp based on alternative fibre from wheat straw and other plant-based agricultural by-products. The mill will be the first of its kind in Europe and the second in the world, after US-based Columbia Pulp which Allnorth also engineered.

The $C56.4-million project at Essity’s mill in Manheim, Germany, is expected to be in production by the second half of 2020.

Essity, based in Stockholm, Sweden, has signed a licensing agreement securing exclusive European rights to a new proprietary technology to produce pulp from wheat straw. The process will enable Essity to contribute to its sustainability goals by reducing water, energy and chemical use. The pulp produced will replace conventional wood-based pulp, at a competitive cost.

According to Allnorth, mills using this technology require only 30% of the capital investment of a conventional wood pulp mill and operate at half the cost.

Allnorth also engineered the first North American wheat straw pulp and paper mill in Dayton, WA, which is currently under construction and expected to be completed in summer 2019.

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