The paper sector is one of the industries with the highest energy consumption worldwide. Long machine running times and time-intensive drying processes require considerable amounts of power and heat. With constantly rising energy prices, this quickly results in significant costs. In Miltenberg in Lower Franconia, Germany, the Albert Friedrich KG paper mill (Fripa, for short) produces tissue paper products for the German market. Practical items for everyday use are created there, from toilet paper to paper towels and tissues.
To produce these tissue paper products, a pulp bale is first dissolved, and the resulting paper suspension is then spread onto webs. At this stage, the solids content is below one percent. By draining, pressing, and drying the pulp, this proportion is increased to 95 percent – in less than one second. Energy consumption in production plays a crucial role in enabling manufacturers to remain competitive despite rising cost pressures. This is why Fripa relies on energy-efficient technology from Siemens for its new PM7 tissue paper line.