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Klabin Invests in Technology to Improve its Paperboard

The investment will be utilized in modernizing a coating machine at the Monte Alegre Unit, whose annual production capacity will be increased to 60,000 tons.

August 11, 2021

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In line with its commitment to launching sustainable solutions, Klabin, Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of paper, has announced investments of Brazilian Real R$ 40 million (~USD 7.71 million). The said investment will be to enhance the technology employed to apply dispersible barriers in the paperboard used to produce diverse types of packaging present in everyday life.

The solution is available on an industrial scale and it will offer a barrier to water, water vapor, and grease directly at the mill. It will retain the original recycling and composting characteristics of paper while offering a more sustainable alternative to the conventional options.

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The investment will be used to modernize a coating machine at the Monte Alegre Unit, whose annual production capacity will be increased to up to 60,000 tons. The major differential offered by the solution applied to paperboard is that it is dispersible which, apart from eliminating the use of additional packaging or application of the additional coating, significantly increases the potentially positive impacts of packaging.

“Klabin has been investing in sustainable barriers for over 10 years, having consolidated its market niche through solutions such as Klafold FZ and Klafold GB, which obviate the application of plastic associated with paperboard to create a barrier. The investment in modernizing this machine expands the markets that we can serve, which include chilled/frozen foods (pizzas, nuggets, hamburgers, meat, fish, sausages), industrial foods (proteins, broth, cookies), detergent powder, paper cups, and more sophisticated solutions for liquid foods, all this on a larger scale,” says Flávio Deganutti, Paper Director at Klabin.

The modernization process is being done in two stages. In the first stage, the application technology will be upgraded, while the second stage will focus on increasing production capacity and intensifying the development of new products, especially those of renewable origin.

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“Optimizing processes in the pursuit of sustainability involves innovation and we believe that the technological advances brought by this application model are the first step towards online application when the barrier will be added directly at the paperboard machine,” explains Deganutti.