‘Resources are limited, ideas are not – Sustainability at Voith’ is one of the slogans of the, in my opinion most creative/innovative companies nowadays.

Voith GmbH sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive.

Founded in 1867, Voith employs about 40,000 people, generates € 5.6 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.

With their concept of sustainability they are carrying on the tradition and style of Voith, a family-owned company including the obligation to conduct environmentally compatible, clean and fair business with long-term success.

The Voith GmbH has four divisions called Voith Hydro, Voith Paper, Voith Turbo and Voith Industrial Services.

In the following, I would like to concentrate on the divisions Paper and Hydro.

Voith Paper:

‘By now, we even have the technology for producing high-grade-paper from waste paper.’

(Thomas Wurster, Head of New Technologies)

Making paper production more sustainable and more efficient – this can only be done by looking at the whole picture. With a sustainability concept that covers the entire process, the entire paper mill.
With the “Integrated EcoMill”, Voith engineers have taken a massive step forward in this respect. The idea behind this concept: closing raw material and energy cycles. The “Integrated EcoMill” recycles water that has been used for paper making. It converts heat generated during the production into steam and energy.

And last but not least it uses waste paper as a raw material for new paper. This process creates synergy effects: the utilization of recycled paper reduces energy consumption, because processing waste paper is less energy-intensive than making paper with virgin fiber.

Everybody knows that recycling waste paper protects the environment. More recycled paper means lower consumption of valuable raw materials such as virgin wood fiber.

And most of all, using recycled paper means that up to seven times less water and energy are used.

 

Voith Hydro:

‘Climate change and diminishing resources are a challenge. Yet they also present opportunities for growth with new solutions.’

(Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President & CEO)

All over the world, hydro power stations from Voith generate eco-friendly electricity safely and reliably, while Voith pumped storage power stations ensure stable power grids. Voith is at the forefront of all developments focusing on new ways of regenerative power production – for example the potential of the oceans that has hardly been untapped so far.

Hydro power is currently the technically most developed regenerative energy. Over 80 percent of all electricity generated from renewable sources originate from hydro power stations.

Voith is also among the pioneers in harnessing the energy of the oceans. Since 2000 Voith has been operating Limpet on the Scottish Isle of Islay – the world’s first wave power station to produce electricity and feed it into a public grid.
In 2011, a milestone was reached in this field: in Mutriku, Spain, the first commercial wave power station entered service. Here, 16 Voith turbines produce electricity for 250 households.

 

In my opinion, Voith GmbH is one of the most creative/innovative companies worldwide. As mentioned in the slogan (‘Resources are limited, ideas are not – Sustainability at Voith’) the company tries to face the problems of the climate change with producing renewable and sustainable energy as well as achieving renewable and sustainable production.

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