Klabin acquires technology for extracting lignin at Pilot Mill Complex
With the new technology, the company will conduct large-scale studies and testing of the substance for new commercial applications
São Paulo, March 19, 2019 – Klabin, Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper, has recently acquired a new technology for extracting lignin that will allow it to conduct large-scale testing of the product.
The acquisition is part of the investment it announced in September 2018, during INOVA Klabin. On the occasion, the company announced a R$32 million investment in its research and development program to build a Pilot Mill Complex at its Monte Alegre Unit, which is located in Telêmaco Borba, Paraná. With the complex, Klabin will simulate a production unit where it can conduct industrial studies and tests on new research fronts, such as lignin and microfibrillated pulp (MFC).
“Construction already has begun on the complex, which should become operational by year-end. We opted to install a plant with Lignoboost technology from Valmet, which recently was acquired by Klabin, which will have daily production capacity of up to 1 ton of lignin,” said Francisco Razzolini, Director of Industrial Technology, Innovation, Sustainability and Pulp Business. “We’re certain that the plant will enable Klabin to enter new markets, which will diversify its business and offer alternatives that leverage the efficient and responsible use of forest resources,” he added.
Klabin has been conducting extensive research at its Technology Center focusing on the development of sustainable technologies and applications. Lignin, which is produced on a large scale at pulp industrial units, also could have other applications, such as in resins, fiberboards, plywood and abrasives; in plastics, by increasing the percentage of renewable raw materials; and in carbon fiber, by replacing the use of fossil-based materials.
Klabin is the largest producer and exporter of paper for packaging in Brazil, its only company offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags. Founded in 1899, it has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina.
With its entire management guided by sustainable development, Klabin pursues integrated and responsible growth that combines profitability, social development and environmental commitment. Klabin has been a component of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3) since 2014. It is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and to the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles.
Learn more at www.klabin.com.br
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