Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The paper

Paper

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

the paper

A closeup of a defibrator, or a grinding disc. It is used for grinding wood for paper pulp manufacture. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

The paper

Detail of a technical drawing of Carl Daniel Ekmans paper pulp cooker. 1876. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

Rubrik för små genier

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The paper

The first known paper was made in China in about 100 BC. Knowledge about how to make paper then spread slowly and manufacturing in Europe first began in the 1200s.

Paper used to be made of fibres that were matted together. Nowadays plant fibres are used, which are ground into paper pulp, mixed with water, pressed, dried and then given follow-up treatment. Today´s paper machines make thousands of sheets of paper a minute.

There are at least 50,000 different uses for paper. In Sweden 11.5 million tons of pulp, 10.9 million tons of paper and cardboard, 2.8 million tons of printing and writing paper and 5.7 million tons of other paper were produced in 2009. It appears that the paperless society will have to wait.

Rubrik för nördar

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