Klabin starts operating the second paper machine for the Puma II Project

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The startup of MP28 increases the Company's annual production capacity to 4.7 million tons of pulp and paper, and represents the operation of the largest and most modern paperboard machine in the Americas

Paraná, June 9, 2023 –The largest producer and exporter of packaging paper and sustainable paper packaging solutions in Brazil, Klabin takes another important step in its expansion strategy with the start-up of Paper Machine 28 (MP28) in Ortigueira (PR). With advanced technology, the equipment was designed to develop cards with more strength and quality, aimed mainly at the food and beverage segments, such as long-life packaging, canned and bottled beer, industrialized products (cereal, chocolate, pizza, among others). ) and for the growing food service sector (cups and trays). The new machine is 300 meters long and has the capacity to produce 460 thousand tons per year, with flexibility for White Top Liner and Kraftliner. Machine 28 will also allow Klabin to develop white paperboard,

With an investment of R$ 12.9 billion, the Puma II Project is the largest investment in Klabin's 124-year history and the largest made by a private company in Paraná. The first stage of the project was marked by the startup of Paper Machine 27 (MP27), in 2021, which produces Eukaliner®, Kraftliner paper made 100% with eucalyptus fibers, which allows a reduction in grammage with increased resistance and better quality of paper. printing on corrugated cardboard packaging, in addition to optimizing the forest area needed for its production (less resources for manufacturing the same volume of paper). “Klabin's investment in the Puma II Project was essential for us to prepare for the growth we are aiming for in the packaging paper segment. We believe in paperboard as one of the ways to generate value from a diversified mix of products,

“The beginning of the MP28 operation is the main milestone of the second stage of the Puma II Project and represents an expressive moment in our history. We have advanced even further in innovation and technology, with a state-of-the-art project, which will be a world reference in sustainability, with less specific use of water, energy and chemicals, in addition to a high degree of automation, in line with industry 4.0”, says Francisco Razzolini, Director of Industrial Technology, Innovation, Sustainability and Projects at Klabin.

Regionally, the two phases of the Puma II Project work generated more than 44,000 direct and indirect jobs. In addition to encouraging partner companies to hire local workers, Klabin also valued the workforce by investing in technical training in municipalities in the Campos Gerais region, in Paraná.

Source: Klabin