Pulp production

Optimal, cost-effective and environmentally friendly products for pulp bleaching and deposit control.

Sustainable pulp bleaching and deposit control 

Our mineral solutions are your perfect allies to achieve the following benefits:

Pulp bleaching

Pulp bleaching is a necessary process for the production of both graphic paper and some packaging board grades. Mineral solutions such as our EcoBright™ product provide an optimal source of alkali in pulp bleaching, helping to save costs, reduce chemical consumption, reduce deposits, increase fibre strength and minimise effluents.


EcoBright is a stabilised magnesium hydroxide solution that is not only environmentally friendly but delivers cost savings through:

  • Elimination of magnesium sulfate
  • Significant reduction of caustic soda
  • Reductions of silicate and/or hydrogen peroxide

Using EcoBright in pulp bleaching can result in quality benefits including:

  • Higher brightness values and improved pulp dewatering
  • Process benefits such as higher yield, reduced oxalate deposits and less carryover to the paper machine
  • Environmental benefits like cleaner water circuits and lower COD/BOD in effluents from the bleaching process

EcoBright™ reduces pulp mill downtime and process equipment maintenance which has a positive impact on overall productivity.

Deposit control

Pulp cleanliness is critical for runnability in both pulp and paper production. The raw material leaving the pulping process must be as free of deposits and dirt spots as possible. We offer bespoke talc* and bentonite-based Total Deposit Control (TDC) solutions for improving the quality of all types of paper pulp, the productivity of paper production processes and the quality of final paper products. 

In virgin pulp production, the main cause of runnability problems is wood pitch, a natural organic component composed of fatty acids and resin acid which is generally tacky and forms deposits in screens, filters, pipes, wires and felts leading to bad dewatering and quality issues.

In Re-Cycled Fibre (RCF) and De-Inked Pulp (DIP) production, the main cause of runnability problems are 'stickies' such as adhesives, inks, plastics, binders and hotmelts, which form deposits in screens, filters, pipes, fabrics and dryer cylinders causing bad dewatering, holes in the finished paper and leading to excessive broke and even web breaks at the paper mill. Stickies problems result in reduced runnability and in lower total machine efficiency that directly impacts earnings.

At the paper mill, pulp which isn't completely deposit-free agglomerates in fabrics and dryer cylinders causing holes in the finished paper and even web breaks. 

At both stages of the papermaking process, pitch problems result in reduced quality and lower total machine efficiency which directly impacts earnings.

Environment-friendly solutions

Our talc- and bentonite-based TDC bespoke solutions are environmentally friendly substitutes to chemical pitch and stickies control agents which improve productivity and the finished product and enable mills to work with closed water circuits – reducing river pollution and water consumption.

The optimal flocculation behaviour and high adsorption capacity of our solutions also improve fibre and filler retention and optimise dewatering behaviour during sheet forming. 

Our cationic grades significantly reduce anionic charge in the system helping to reduce the use of more expensive and less eco-friendly cationic polymers. They are particularly effective in pulps containing high levels of anionic trash.

TDC can bring huge benefits

It keeps the pulp and paper production process streams clean and increases mill productivity:

  • Improving pulp quality
  • Preventing deposits in the equipment 
  • Increasing machine runnability and reducing downtime
  • Reducing felt cleaning and leading to fewer felt changes 
  • Improving sludge dewatering and drainage time
  • Allowing you to work with closed water circuits, reducing water consumption and river pollution
  • It improves the quality of the finished paper, reducing dirt count and surface defects of the finished paper.

Our TDC solutions are ideal for:

  • Virgin pulp
  • RCF and DIP
  • Newsprint paper production where they promote optimum runnability
  • Tissue paper production where they minimise ash. We particularly recommend our Steanite™ Prime product range for tissue paper pulp which will limit ash content increase, without significantly impacting essential tissue paper properties.
  • Solid board production where they improve the quality and printability of the finished product and enhance fines and filler retention in wet end processing.

We recommend our Steanite™ and Steanite™ Prime talcs talcs and Aquamont® bentonite grades for deposit control.

Wet end treatment

Due to its enormous surface and high cation exchange capacity, bentonite forms a highly effective adsorbent and flocculation agent during wet-end processing. 

We recommend our Altonit® grades for retention and dewatering during wet-end processing.

Water loop treatment

With its high adsorption capacity, bentonite is an excellent solution for the treatment and purification of process water, wastewater and effluents in DIP paper production using Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) and micro-flotation techniques.

We recommend our Aquamont® grades for water loop treatment.

*Talc products are not available in the USA and Canada. Contact us for an alternative range.