Podcast project ReFibreValue

Circular Economy at Paper Mills: How can Circularity be Applied to paper machine clothing?

There is no halfway when it comes to circularity at paper mills, you have to go the whole way to complete the circle. This is why ANDRITZ has been closely working with the Montanuniversität Leoben on deep research into making paper machine clothing circular.

Paper machine clothing is mainly made of PET, which has been generally burned after use to generate energy in power plants or used for other purposes such as barriers under roads and pathways or fence edgings. However, these methods of disposing are considered borderline when it comes to the ecology.

Therefore, ANDRITZ has been working closely with institutions to cover the complete value chain from the production of materials for paper machine clothing to the manufacturing, logistics of waste collection and the sorting and reprocessing of the materials involved. 

In this podcast we hear from experts Jan Freudenberg, Director R&D Forming Fabrics Global, ANDRITZ, and Dipl. Ing. Uta Jenull, Institute of Polymer Processing at the Montanuniversität Leoben about the complicated work involved in making paper machine clothing circular.

How can circularity be applied to paper machine clothing?