Graphic Packaging contracts Voith to supply pulping and wastewater pre-treatment at its mill in Texas

USA – Graphic Packaging International (GPI) has recently commissioned Voith to supply multiple stock preparation lines, integrated reject handling and the wastewater pre-treatment system for its newest, most advanced coated recycled board (CRB) mill being built in Waco, TX.

With Voith’s tailored process solutions, GPI is expected to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its facility and will ultimately save energy, water and fibers. The installation of the new system and components is targeted for completion in 2025.

Rusty Miller, Senior Vice President Engineering and Technology, Graphic Packaging said: “Voith’s proven and innovative pulping technology and wastewater pre-treatment solutions are key to reaching our high product quality targets and improving efficiency and sustainability.

“Our close partnership is based on trust and the very reliable cooperation we have enjoyed in the past.”

Michael Hmielewski, Director of Project Sales, Voith emphasized their eagerness to support GPI with Voith’s leading technology in stock preparation for efficient recycling of fibers and separation of contaminants.

“Our state-of-the-art wastewater pre-treatment system enables GPI to minimize freshwater consumption which is one main focus of the project,” said Hmielewski.

Graphic unveils PaceSetter Rainier at PACK EXPO

In another development, GPI has introduced its new coated recycled paperboard (CRB) innovation, PaceSetter Rainier.

Named after Mount Rainier, known for its pristine white snow-capped summit, the new paperboard offers many of the characteristics of solid bleached sulfate (SBS) in combination with recycled content.

Explained the company, with brightness and whiteness that exceeds that of traditional CRB, PaceSetter Rainier can compete directly with SBS and folding box board (FBB).

In addition, it provides improved surface smoothness for enhanced printability and tactile performance.

Leveraging CRB investments totaling an estimated US$1.7 billion combined for projects in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Waco, Tex., Graphic Packaging is boosting capacity and technical capability in CRB production to provide more customers with fiber-based packaging with recycled content, enabling them to contribute to a more circular economy.

“This is a breakthrough for the fiber-based packaging industry and one we know is important for our customers and consumers,” said Michael Weinhold, senior vice president, Paperboard Sales, at Graphic Packaging.

“According to recent research by the Boston Consulting Group, 78 percent of consumers said they are likely to purchase a product based on a ‘made with recycled content’ claim, and 64 percent said it was important for packaging to contain recycled content.

“Our customers have been asking for a premium paperboard solution that offers a bright, white, and smooth printing surface that also includes recycled content to help support their packaging sustainability goals. We believe PaceSetter Rainier will be a game-changer for them.”

The new paperboard grade is initially available in 12 to 18-pt calipers and is suited for a range of packaging applications, including healthcare, beauty, confectionery, dry goods, dairy, and more.

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