Paper production

PAPER PRODUCTION AND CONVERTING

Sofidel produces and markets tissue paper, namely paper for hygienic or domestic use, in and away from the home: toilet paper, kitchen paper, paper napkins, paper handkerchiefs, tissues, etc.
The companies in the group oversee the entire production process, from tissue production to processing, all the way to the finished product.
The entire production chain, like any other type of company activity, is required to comply with the principles of sustainability that are the basis of the entire Sofidel value creating system. An objective carried out through numerous channels, which include policies for the responsible procurement of raw materials from forest resources, the contained use of water, and a reduction in climate-altering gas emissions, a reduction in waste and the promotion of responsible consumption through the development of innovative products.

Sofidel and National Geographic: tissue paper production in Sofidel UK

Paper production



ATTENTION TOWARDS RAW MATERIALS FROM FOREST RESOURCES

Sofidel mainly uses virgin pulp for its products. For this reason the Group has implemented strict procurement policies regarding raw materials from forest resources and gives preference to suppliers who comply with the main forest preservation schemes.
99.7% (2014) of the Group’s virgin pulp comes from sources certified according to PEFC™, FSC®, FSC® Controlled Wood and SFI™ standards.

WATER: A PRECIOUS ELEMENT

In paper mills, virgin pulp is dissolved in water, another essential element in the paper production process.
Aware of how precious this resource is for the survival of the planet, Sofidel is very careful in terms of correct water management and the production processes are constantly monitored in order to optimise the use of the water resource.
In 2014 the specific average consumption for Sofidel’s operations was 7.8 litres of water per kg of paper produced, in comparison to the industry average of 10-20 litres.

A PROCESS WITH A HIGH ENERGY DEMAND

The paper production process is defined as a high energy consuming activity, which requires great amounts of energy.
To achieve it in an increasingly sustainable manner, while lowering economic costs as well as the impact on the environment, also in terms of greenhouse effect gas emissions, Sofidel focuses great attention on the employed energy sources, as well as the energy efficiency of the plants and processes.

Sofidel has joined the WWF Climate Savers international programme to voluntarily implement innovative strategies and technologies in order to reduce greenhouse effect gas emissions. These are the objectives for 2020:

  • -23% of direct emissions compared to 2009 for every tonne of paper (equivalent to approximately 900K tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of a fleet of 10K HGVs travelling 10000 km a year for 10 years);
  • -13% of indirect emissions compared to 2010 (emissions caused by third parties, along its value chain) for each tonne of paper;
  • 8% of renewable sources of energy on the total amount of fuel consumed annually.

PRODUCT SAFETY AND HYGIENE ALSO CONTINUE IN PAPER FACTORIES

The jumbo rolls of tissue paper are converted at the paper factories into Sofidel products used by millions of people around the world every day.
In addition to Sofidel’s focus on the most innovative technological solutions in terms of both product and process, the Group also focuses great attention on the health and safety of its products and its stakeholders.

Quality in the Sofidel world

Sofidel Group has always considered quality as one of the crucial elements of its business.
Quality not only in the sense of product quality, but also the quality of the organisation, the people, the processes; in a word, the Quality of the Company System.

Certifications and trademarks obtained by the Group

This is precisely why, since the mid-90s, Sofidel Group has implemented quality management systems in its companies, based on the organisational requirements of the companies themselves and the manufactured products, and in accordance with international quality management standards (ISO 9001), as proven by the obtained certifications.

The Management Systems

The voluntary choice to use approved management systems represents a strategic element of great importance for Sofidel, to achieve constant and continuous improvement in terms of organisation performance and business revenue.

Go to the table with all the certifications obtained by the Group’s various plants.

Values, choices, results, objectives...with the integrated budget of the Sofidel paper group, each stakeholder can personally assess the economic, social and environmental value of the daily work of more than 5500 people. Because transparency is also a question of sustainability.

An anniversary is not only an opportunity to look over one's history and the results achieved over time, with due pride, but it is also a precious chance to re-confirm values, set new objectives and look to the future with optimism and trust.

Sofidel believes that businesses should play a vital role not only in terms of production and distribution of goods and services, but also in guaranteeing social and environmental benefits that are broader and longer lasting along the entire chain of value creation. This is why sustainability is a cornerstone and building block to Sofidel's modus operandi.