digitalizing forest industry

The challenge: New digital business from data and wood fiber process innovations

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Today, the global industrial landscape is in full transformation, while giving companies unusual latitude to influence future industry structure. The industrial renewal can only be possible if industries are prepared to unleash global opportunities for value creation through digitalization, advances in automation, big data and the Internet of Things. From supply chains to customer experience, digitalization is changing the way industry functions, particularly in processing and manufacturing sectors, yet enormous untapped potential remains.

The key enabler for harnessing the benefits of digitalization is a lifecycle plant management from engineering to operations. With COMOS software, Siemens can carry out integrated plant asset management projects over the entire industrial lifecycle. Whereas, the open cloud-based Internet of Things platform – MindSphere - connects machines and physical infrastructure to the digital world and provides powerful industrial apps and digital services.

The companies in the forest industry (including pulp & paper) are facing a dramatic upheaval. The demand for traditional paper – for example, for newspapers or office use – is declining about five percent annually worldwide, while the demand for fiber products continues to grow. What’s needed is methods and process innovations by which new materials could be produced from wood fibers.


What are we looking for?

With the aim to build a cross-industrial innovation ecosystem of technology companies, solution providers, engineering and consulting companies, as well as end customers and OEMs, the Digital Fiber Initiative is looking for solutions that increase productivity in the forest industry throughout the value chain from engineering to business operations within the New Digital business from data and New wood fiber process innovations

Companies of all sizes with a capability to address these categories are invited to join the Digital Fiber Initiative and become a part of an innovative ecosystem, paving the way for new forest industry solutions. The proposals can be related to but not limited to for example:

  • Back-end data gathering infrastructure such as sensors and actuators
  • Connectivity and data aggregation, measurement, control and upfront processing
  • Front-end data analytics, uptime optimization, real-time informatics, predictive maintenance
  • Enabled virtual concepts leveraging the capabilities of existing digital infrastructures
  • New wood fiber process innovations for end customers, e.g. cellulose fiber wet-spinning
  • New business or service concepts
  • Industrial apps or digital services

Interested?

Get in contact with us and we'll tell more! 

Digital Fiber Ecosystem Lead, Project Manager, Tiina Witikkala, +358 50 3166 279, tiina.witikkala@siemens.com