Solenis launches new specialty chemicals technology

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With declining fiber quality, higher strength requirements at lower packaging weights and reductions in fresh water usage, traditional single-component strength additives become limited in packaging paper and board manufacturing. In addition, generating useful production insights from the large amount of process data can be challenging for mill operators.

Solenis, a leading global specialty chemicals company, is launching FusionSM Strength and Performance Technology that merges a proven dual-component dry strength solution with exclusive cluster analysis software and Solenis’ OnGuard™ monitoring and control tool. The company combined these elements into a single solution that can be customized to each mill’s production requirements and business goals. As a result, mill operators can get improved insights from their manufacturing data and implement tighter process control.

The Solenis dual-component dry strength solution overcomes the deficits of single-component systems. This novel cationic-anionic approach extends the performance of traditional strength additives and allows papermakers to achieve their high strength needs. Conversely, for wet ends, which run with high cationic demand, combinations of cationic resins can also extend strength gains beyond the limits of single-component solutions. For mill operators, FusionSM Strength and Performance Technology is designed to deliver increased strength and production with lower costs, reduced weights, less reliance on virgin fiber, increased use of lower-cost recycled fibers, reduced freshwater usage and reduced process variation.

According to Stéphane Ménard, global marketing director, “Several packaging producers have started using FusionSM Strength and Performance Technology. Our most recent conversion has generated more than $1.5 million per year in savings while reducing packaging weights. We are excited to launch this program that fuses chemistry and technology to generate significant savings and ultimately build a competitive advantage for our customers. The FusionSM Strength and Performance Technology is the foundation for Solenis to introduce more leading-edge specialty chemicals and technologies to help packaging manufacturers meet and