March 7, 2014
Valmet and Klabin S.A. have signed a letter of intent according to which Valmet will deliver two pulp drying lines to Klabin’s new plant in Ortigueira in Paraná, Brazil. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in the first half of 2016.
The pulp dryer investment is part of Klabin’s Puma project, the largest investment in the company’s history, which will double the company’s production in three years. The annual production capacity of the new plant will be 1.5 million tons and consists of both softwood fluff pulp and eucalyptus hardwood market pulp.
The value of the Valmet’s anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 150-200 million.
The hardwood pulp drying line will have a capacity of 3,500 tons/d consisting of approach system with screening, wet end, dryer, cutter and three baling lines. The softwood fluff pulp drying line will have a capacity of 1,300 tons/d consisting of approach system, screening, wet end, dryer, calender, reeler, winders and roll handling system. There will be a cutter and baling line included as well as the softwood line will have the ability to produce market pulp. The order includes the machinery, civil works, erection, commissioning, training and start-up.
Klabin, the biggest paper producer and exporter in Brazil, produces packaging paper and board, corrugated packaging and industrial bags in addition to selling timber in logs. Klabin has 16 industrial plants – 15 in Brazil and one in Argentina. The company was founded in 1899 and its capital is 100% Brazilian.