The paper revolution
The mid 1970's heralded a time of great upheaval for Steinbeis, an established paper manufacturer. The "paper revolution" was sparked by a desire to streamline manufacturing processes and make them more environmentally friendly. It led to a transition in production, manufacturing sustainable office and magazine paper from 100% recovered paper. This resulted in one of the most modern paper recycling factories in Europe. More aspects of technology, product philosophy, sustainable production processes, industrial stocks and training and career opportunities you can find at our corporate identity:
The sustainable revolution
"No more wastage!" decided our engineers. There must be a way to manufacture quality paper without excessive use of valuable resources such as water, energy and wood. The next step was nothing less than a minor industrial revolution. A radically revamped raw materials strategy and a new, ecologically integrated production site – and conclusive evidence that sustainability and circular economy principles can be applied to all value creation chains. The Steinbeis industrial strategy works!
Sustainable and efficient production
We exploit the full potential of paper recycling. Used paper is collected locally, sorted, and channelled into the production of new recycled paper. We operate one of the most modern sorting and processing lines for recovered paper. Closed loop water circuits reduce the amount of water needed. We also generate environmentally-friendly energy in a cost-efficient manner via our CHP power station (combined heat and power). Everything that enters our factory is exploited 100% – with zero waste. Any leftover materials which cannot be recycled are used as substitute fuels, which in turn reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to produce energy.
The paper recycling cycle
In a nutshell, the principle of Steinbeis' production can be described as "Paper made from paper". Rather than using primary raw materials (wood), we use secondary raw materials (recovered paper). Recirculation and fuel substitution (replacing coal with fuels with biogenic content) and waste management are all major factors in our ecological strategy. Our production processes comply with the stringent Blue Angel criteria. We've perfected our paper recycling processing to such a degree that waste paper can now be recycled repeatedly. Without any loss of quality.
Europe's most modern paper recycling plant
Our production site is located in Glückstadt near Hamburg. The site has an annual production capacity of around 300,000 tonnes of high-quality, recycled paper.