SAO PAULO, April 10, 2014 (RISI) - Brazilian tissue producer Carta Fabril is close to initiating production on a new tissue paper machine (PM) at its Anápolis mill, in Goiás state, midwestern Brazil. According to the company's logistics vice-president, José Carlos Coutinho Júnior, Carta Fabril invested Real 50 million ($21.8) million in the project that will double the unit's capacity to about 60,000 tonnes/yr of tissue paper. The startup is planned for this month.
Initially expected to begin operations in December 2013, the PM supplied by Hergen will focus on double-layer toilet paper and towels, aiming to serve the increasing Brazilian consumer market in regions such as the midwest and the northeast. "While Brazil's economic growth is limited, its tissue consumption is rising at a 6% rate, following other emerging markets. In our case, 2013's sales were about 20% higher than the year before," Coutinho Júnior commented.
Besides the Anápolis mill, Carta Fabril also runs a 29,000 tonnes/yr tissue paper unit in São Gonçalo city, Rio de Janeiro state, southeast Brazil.