International Paper Investment to Further Improve Water Footprint at French

International Paper announced earlier this year an investment of approx. Euro 20 MM into its Saillat Mill, located in the French Limousin region, to further reduce the facilities’ water emissions and offer customers an even more environmentally friendly product portfolio. The implementation of the project will commence this summer of 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2015.

At its core, the investment involves advanced technology to extract an improved quality of fibre from wood by using a smoother process. The new process leaves fibres more intact resulting in even higher quality paper, and at the same time further reduces water emissions by another 30% from the already very good levels the Saillat mill is achieving today.

“We’re well known as a leading manufacturer of entirely locally produced high quality value-added paper grades that meet the highest sustainability standards,” says Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager for International Paper’s European papers business. “Generating a reduction of another 30% of the Saillat mill’s water emissions and supporting local manufacturing of a product that customers want, this investment is another example of International Paper’s commitment to bringing the sustainable and circular economy to life.”

The investment will allow International Paper to offer an even greater choice of top notch products to customers. It follows other investments into the company’s service capabilities and modernisation of its paper machines at the Saillat facility in recent years.

The project is supported by local and national French and European agencies, notably the European Union (through the Limousin Region) and the Loire-Brittany Water Agency.

Located in the French Limousin region for over a century, the Saillat pulp and paper mill has been part of International Paper since 1989. Certified “Origine France Garantie”, it is the only integrated paper mill in France making uncoated wood free papers exclusively from locally sourced wood. The mill’s environmental performance is recognised with the EU Ecolabel, FSC and PEFC certifications; the site is also one of the best performing globally in terms of CO2 emissions.

The Saillat mill is a key player locally: the site employs approximately 550 people and generates around 4,000 indirect jobs in the area.

The mill uses only local wood sourced from within a maximum of 150 km around the mill and sells around half of its products locally in France.