SAO PAULO, April 28, 2015 (RISI) - Brazil's largest packaging paper and corrugated board producer completed in April a Real 15 million ($5 million) debottlenecking project at its Piracicaba recycled containerboard mill, in São Paulo state, southeast Brazil. The project involved a revamp of Piracicaba's sole paper machine (PM) No. 21, increasing its capacity by 15,000 tonnes/yr to around 105,000 tonnes/yr of recycled liner and fluting.
On a call with analysts to discuss the company's first quarter 2015 results, Klabin CEO Fabio Schvartsman said: "Our company has finished its cycle of investments in paper machines. The Piracicaba debottlenecking project was completed in April and now we are already operating at a total capacity of 2 million tonnes/yr. The new volumes - around 200,000 tonnes - will be now directed to exports."
At the end of January, Klabin started up a new 110,000 tonnes/yr recycled containerboard PM at the Goiana mill, in Pernambuco state, northeast Brazil. Last year, the company increased its Angatuba mil's capacity by 35,000 tonnes/yr of white top liner (WTL), as well as its Monte Alegre plant's capacity by 50,000 tonnes/yr of boxboard.
The 2014-2015 paper investments totaled Real 500 million and added 210,000 tonnes/yr to Klabin's paper and board capacity.