Production – Raw Materials

The use of wood as our primary raw material allows us to reduce our environmental footprint at every step in the manufacturing process, from the forest to the finished product.

Although paper can be made from a variety of fibers, including abaca and even some grasses, the most common fiber used is wood fiber.

Wood delivered to Glatfelter’s U.S. mills is segregated by wood type so that the long fibers in softwood and short fibers in hardwood can be isolated in the pulping process. Softwood fibers are about three times the length of typical hardwood fibers and provide strength, while hardwood fibers provide bulk or thickness needed in many papers. Combining these two types of fibers in various proportions during the papermaking process provides a range of specialty papers.

In CFBU, non-tree plant species such as grasses, abaca and other renewable fiber sources that cannot readily be used on conventional paper machines are our primary raw materials, as well as engineered synthetic and biodegradable fibers. The fiber is purchased as dried pulp which is produced at other locations. CFBU maintains a pulping facility in the Philippines for the production of abaca pulp.

Glatfelter’s Advanced Airlaid Materials Business Unit (AMBU) uses a combination of biodegradable natural fibers (fluff pulp) and synthetic fiber to create sustainable products for hygiene and home care markets.

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