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Fibre research / material analysis

We research and analyse new plant fibres, organic-based production or cultivation waste and novel pulp qualities for paper production from fibre-based materials for you.

From the initial idea to the lab slip in 4 steps.
Step 1: Fibre material basics check
  • Chemical analysis of the basic suitability of the new fibre material
  • Initial assessment of the use of the fiber-based material in the production process

If the basic check of the fibre-based material is positive and it’s essentially suitable for sustainable papermaking, we can start the next steps and go into more details.

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Step 2: Environmental check (optional)
  • Is the supplied fibre-based material a real alternative with a better environmental impact?
  • Evaluation of the material production based on wastewater data
  • Evaluation of the environmental impact, e.g. transport route, energy input during fibre preparation, release of foreign substances during processing
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Step 3: Refiner diagnostic: analysis in the fibre laboratory
  • Microscopic pulp analysis
  • Substrate preparation and generation of different blending ratios with Gmund pulps
  • Written expert opinion of the analysis
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Step 4: Result and assessment
  • Production of initial paper samples
  • Forecasts for the integration of the sustainable fibre-based material in further processing
  • Devised test recommendation for a paper machine test
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We test and analyse paper and existing fibre-based materials from the market for you.

Laboratory examination
  • ¬†Analysis of the chemical composition of the paper (fibres, filler content, etc.)
  • Dissolution test to determine heavy solubility
  • Collection of basic data such as strength values, fibre analysis and fastness to light
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Environmental check (optional)
  • Is the supplied fibre-based material a real sustainable and ecological alternative?
  • Evaluation of the impact of paper production and use of the material on the environment
  • Determination of the essential possibility of fibre reuse (recyclability)
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Chemical analysis
  • Chemical analysis of the paper ingredients in collaboration with independent testing laboratories
  • Pollutant content testing for heavy metals according to EN71/3 (children’s toy standard)
  • Degradability/compostability of fibre materials
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Hemp
Cotton
Recycling
Grasses
Organic-based waste products
Wood
Origin
Europe
USA
Europe
Germany
Worldwide from our customers
Europe
Pulping
process
Fresh fibre pulp
Fresh fibre pulp
DIP (deinked pulp)
Mechanical fibre pulping
Mechanical fibre pulping
Fresh fibre pulp
Property
Very long and stable base fibre
Long and voluminous base fibre
Short base fibre
Volume-creating additional fibre
Volume-creating additional fibre
Stable base fibre from long to short
Use
Use up to 100%
Use up to 100%
Use up to 100%
Use up to 50%
Use depending on base material 15-50%
Use up to 100%
Can be combined with
Wood and recycled fibres
Wood and recycled fibres, grasses and bio-based waste products

Wood, hemp and cotton fibres, grasses and organically-based waste products
Wood, hemp and cotton fibres
Wood, hemp and cotton fibres
All fibres
Source
Hemp from European cultivation
Waste product of textile production
Recycling of paper waste
Dried and pressed grasses from max. 100 km radius
Dried plant-based materials such as plant residues from food production, waste materials from the beverage industry
FSC-certified wood from responsible sources
Recyclability
Yes
Gmund only processes fibres that don’t interfere with the recycling process
Climate-neutral production
Fibre stability
Very good
Good
Satisfactory
None, only Bei-Fibre
None, only Bei-Fibre
Good
Environmental storytelling
Very good
Good
Very good
Very good
Very good
Satisfactory

Environmental perception in haptics and optics
Very good
Very good
Good
Very good
Very good
Good
Environmental compatibility
Very good
Good
Very good
Satisfactory
Good
Good
Highlights
Haptics, character, environment
Feeling, beauty, environment
Principles, simplicity, environment
Effect, haptics, environment
Brand story, effect, environment
Variety, production safety, environment