Lightweighting means that at least the same end-product quality can be produced with less raw materials. In practice, a 10% saving on raw material means that 10 out of 100 trees are left growing in the forest and 10% less trucks and energy are needed. Or, an average mill can produce 700 million milk cartons more per year from the same amount of raw materials.
The benefits of lightweighting are felt at each stage of the value chain:
Calculate how much money you could save by creating lighter end products.
Creating lighter board products may mean that you need to modernize your current machinery. A succesfull rebuild secures that you’ll meet your lightweighting targets in time and with minimized risks. We’ve created a practical guide book to help you with the initial planning and to tackle the common pitfalls.
You’re right. Creating lighter end products that meet strength and durability targets while having superior surface characteristics for a standout print result is not easy.
To ensure that your lightweighting targets really become a reality, Valmet's pilot testing facilities can run tests on a set-up that mirrors your coated board process, or alternatively the type of configuration you are looking to set up.
Valmet encourages you to bring in your own base materials, from pulp to coatings, to ensure realistic testing result for peace of mind and investment security.