Paper & Pulp

Paper & Pulp

The paper and pulp industry in the UK is not only an ancient one, dating back to the 15th century, but also one of the country’s most responsive sectors in terms of innovation and environmental awareness.

Paper is used in every corner of the world in one form or another. Its versatility and adaptability make it a dream material, and the industry continues to discover innovative ways of using it.

Industrial Technology Systems has extensive experience as an industrial automation systems integrator in a number of specialist sector areas, including Paper and Pulp. Its key services to the Paper & Pulp sector include but are not limited to:

Despite increased global demand for paper, the sector faces increasing challenges with energy use targets having considerable impact on UK manufacturing operations, and concerns regarding the possible diversion of biomass to energy provision becoming evident. 

Stringent regulations and guidelines govern the industry and it has to meet its environmental commitments whilst sustaining competitiveness.  However because paper is biodegradable, can be recycled, and it comes from a renewable source, it can be produced in a sustainable manner thereby securing its longevity in the current climate. 

Rapidly increasing volumes of recovered paper are being used to manufacture paper and board, meaning that 64.5% of the paper and board currently used in Europe is recycled. 

To ensure continued market growth the product itself, and its associated production technology, is constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated.

Recent innovations in the paper industry include intelligent paper that changes colour and can be used in packaging to indicate when a product is past its sell-by date, printed electronic circuits to replace traditional heavy circuit boards, radio identification tags to track products stage-by-stage, and even batteries made from paper. 

Paper’s versatility mean it can decompose in water yet made to be water resistant, used as a fuel or made fire-resistant, be a carrier, barrier or filter, tough enough to withstand acid or gentle enough to wipe a baby’s skin.  Its uses are endless – and still being discovered.

Its thriving market means the European pulp and paper industry, which produces 102 million tonnes of paper, generates €80 billion for the economy and adds €18 billion in value and wealth creation. 

It’s an industry sector that is literally a money making – paper banknotes – venture, and despite the rise in the ‘paperless’ society, one that is in the business of delivering a product the world cannot get enough of.


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