SAO PAULO, Aug. 30, 2013 (RISI) - Brazilian paper tissue producer Companhia Paduana de Papéis (Copapa) is investing in a new tissue conversion line, manufactured with Italian technology, which is set to be launched next September at Santo Antônio de Pádua, Rio de Janeiro state, southeast Brazil. The new Mile line is expected to increase product quality, as well as fulfill the company's total tissue paper production capacity and amplify its market penetration among high quality products.
Copapa's current installed capacity is of around 37,000 tonnes/yr of tissue paper on three paper machines at the Santo Antônio de Pádua industrial complex also where the final products are converted and shipped to the domestic market, mainly the southeast region of Brazil. The company has been investing in technology and production processes to rise to the needs of the market, both the consolidated customers and the ones that are replacing one-ply for two-ply tissue papers.
Along with BEK pulp, Copapa consumes up to 2,500 tonnes of recovered paper every month, mostly from the southeast and center-west regions of the country.
Copapa is also expanding its product line, eyeing the country's consumer market potential. After over 50 years producing toilet paper and paper towels, the company premiered at the end of the first half of 2013 its new child and female personal care product line, with 10 varieties of products among cotton swabs and sanitary napkins. Also, it plans to launch a new kitchen towel line, produced with embossing fusion technique, by the end of the year.