Klabin announces the startup of its new pulp mill located in Ortigueira, Paraná. The company produced the first pulp bale at the Puma Unit, which already holds Chain of Custody certification from FSC® - Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C129105).
“Klabin once again demonstrates its capacity to transform dreams into reality by fulfilling the delivery of a construction project that represents the largest investment ever made in its 117-year history. The commissioning of the Puma Unit is an important milestone in our ten-year growth cycle, launched in 2011, that we have planned for the company,” said Fabio Schvartsman, Klabin’s general director.
The Puma Unit is expected to create 1,400 direct and indirect jobs, considering both the industrial and forestry operations. The unit will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of pulp, with 1.1 million tons of bleached hardwood pulp (eucalyptus) and 400,000 tons of bleached softwood pulp (pine), a portion of which will be converted into fluff pulp, making it the world’s only industrial unit designed to produce fluff pulp from the three fibers. More than 90% of the new mill’s pulp production has already been sold.
The new mill will also have two of the largest power generation turbines in the world ever manufactured for the pulp and paper industry. The unit will have generation capacity of 270 MW, of which 150 MW is surplus (sufficient to power a city with 500,000 people), which will make Klabin self-sufficient in power generation. The average supply distance between the forestry operation and the new mill is 72 kilometers, which will ensure the competitiveness and low-cost of wood transportation.
Klabin, Brazil's largest paper producer and exporter, is the leading manufacturer of paper and board for packaging, corrugated board packaging, industrial sacks and timber in logs.