Portrait of Magnus Groth, President and Chief Executive of Essity
“The new global R&D centre in France will enable us to continue to develop innovative new paper hygiene products and solutions that meet the needs and high expectations of customers and consumers,” Magnus Groth, President and Chief Executive of Essity

Essity is investing in a global tissue centre for research and development in Alsace, France, that it said will “re-shape” the paper-making process.

Dedicated to tissue hygiene products, the company said the state-of-the-art facility will focus on tissue to meet the evolving demands of branded tissue in both Consumer and Professional Hygiene markets.

The company’s current R&D centre in Kunheim, France, has filed 25 patents in recent years for innovations such as the flushable toilet roll core Lotus Aqua Tube, coreless toilet paper Lotus and Okay Sans Tube, Tork SmartOne which dispenses one sheet at a time, and paper hygiene products based on alternative fibres.

Magnus Groth, President and Chief Executive of Essity, said: “Essity’s research and development is re-shaping paper making to contribute to a more sustainable and circular society, while improving people’s hygiene and health.

“The new global R&D centre in France will enable us to continue to develop innovative new paper hygiene products and solutions that meet the needs and high expectations of customers and consumers.”

The new R&D centre is located near the current facility, which Essity said ensures the retention of more than 80 experts and engineers that currently work there.
It said its aim is to create a larger, more efficient centre.