Klabin to build pilot mill complex

São Paulo, Brazil-based Klabin, a producer and exporter of packaging paper and hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp announced a R$32-million R&D investment to build a pilot mill complex at the Monte Alegre unit, in Telêmaco Borba (Paraná).

The project will allow for the simulation of a mill where studies and tests will be done in research fields such as microfibrillated pulp (MFC) which will be incorporated into the company’s paper products to increase their quality and strength, and lignin, in this case for commercial purposes, enabling the company to enter new markets for renewable and sustainable products. Klabin has lignin from pine and eucalyptus and mixtures of both species, providing unique products to the market.

Last year, Klabin inaugurated a modern Technology Center able to produce a broad range of forestry products and run simulations of its mills’ production lines, anticipating trends and developing technologies and sustainable applications. “All activities in our Technology Center are on a laboratory scale. Just over a year after its inauguration, we achieved a level of development maturity that makes it necessary to produce some materials on a larger scale, enabling prolonged industrial tests. That gave rise to the need to create a pilot mill complex, which should be operational in the fourth quarter of 2019,” explained Francisco Razzolini, Klabin’s industrial technology, innovation, sustainability and pulp business officer.

• Klabin also acquired a 12.5% interest in the Israeli startup Melodea Bio Based Solutions, a pioneer in the technology for extracting cellulose nanocrystalline (CNC), a 100% biobased and renewable product.“The pilot mill complex reinforces our focus on the development of bioeconomical solutions that value the responsible, efficient and sustainable use of resources,” says Razzolini.


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