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Saica again relies on the leading digital solution OnEfficiency.Strength to save starch

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Saica has selected the leading full-line supplier Voith to install the OnEfficiency.Strength digital solution. The innovative package for saving starch and consequently reduce CO2 emissions will be used at PM 10 at the El Burgo de Ebro site (Spain) as well as the PM 70 at Nogent-sur-Seine site (France). OnEfficiency.Strength is currently a unique solution on the market, developed specifically for paper production. The application is already successfully in operation worldwide. Especially after raw material costs have risen significantly, there is an increasing need for intelligent solutions that quickly reduce production costs.

Voith and Saica have already shared a very trusting and very good business relationship for a long time. The winning synergies combined with the technical know-how of Voith experts enable a best-in-class concept. Juan Luis Mendoza, Digital Officer at Saica, can also confirm this: "With Voith as one of our most important strategic partners, we are taking another step towards digitalization. The digital solution has already convinced us at other Saica sites. With the new installations in PM 10 and PM 70, we expect now to save significant amounts of starch at these plants and produce with less CO2 emissions. We look forward to improving Saica´s resource efficiency. We are sure it will quickly pay for itself."

Once installed at Saica, OnEfficiency.Strength will monitor key quality parameters and automatically adjusts starch application to the paper as well as other process and machine settings to customer requirements. Saica can thus save starch significantly. In addition, the solution increases the precision and reliability of the process, reduces manual handling and is easy to operate. Thanks to OnEfficiency.Strength, the current values for strength properties can be viewed in real time rather than only being available with manual sampling. In addition, the solution has the potential to reduce steam consumption and thus CO2 emissions as well as to ensure quality throughout the value chain.

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"Voith's excellent reputation has been further reinforced with its strong focus on digitalization in the paper industry. I strongly believe that we offer by far the best added value to our partners, who are more than just customers," emphasizes Renan Fusco, Head of Digital Solutions Sales at Voith Paper. "By working with Saica, we are providing another important impulse for the paper industry in Europe."

More information on Voith's digitalization portfolio can be found here:

About the Saica Group
The Saica Group is one of the leading companies in Europe in the manufacture of recycled paper for corrugated board, with a production capacity of 3.3 million tonnes. With over 10,000 employees and operations in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and United States, the Saica Group has four business lines: manufacture of recycled paper for corrugated card (Saica Paper), waste management and environmental services (Saica Natur), production of corrugated card for packaging (Saica Pack) and flexible packaging (Saica Flex). The Group’s turnover amounts to 4,394 million euros (consolidated turnover as of 31st December 2022).

About Voith Paper 
The Voith Group 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 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

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 one source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and helps customers minimize their carbon footprint. With its leading automation products and digitalization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art digital technologies to improve plant availability and efficiency for all sections of the production process.

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