Klabin memory


Founded over 100 years ago, Klabin has produced unique document archives. Over this time, encouraging the preservation of our history has become an important differential in the business context, since it allows us to visualize our vast experience on a line of time and space and to see the consequences of past decisions and the results of future actions.

This history is kept alive by the Klabin Memory Center, which, over its 30 years of existence, has salvaged documents with historical value.

    Av. Augusta Zorzi Baradel, 700 Tijuco Preto
    Jundiaí SP

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1889 - 1930
Origins of the Project

The history of the Klabin Group began in 1889 when Maurício Freeman Klabin arrived in Brazil. An immigrant from Lithuania, the young entrepreneur left his family behind in his homeland and landed in Santos, São Paulo. He settled in the city of São Paulo, which was already emerging as an important commercial and financial center in the country. Maurício Klabin sold cigarettes to stores and inns, importing the paper and tobacco required to manufacture them. He got a job in a print shop that he later acquired: Empreza Graphica Klabin.

In 1890, Maurício F. Klabin founded his own company, M. F. Klabin e Irmão, which operated as a printing company and an importer of office supplies, in São Paulo. In 1889, together with his brothers Salomão and Hessel, and cousin Miguel Lafer, he founded Klabin Irmão e Cia – KIC.

  • 1889
    Maurício Freeman Klabin arrives in Brazil. Acquisition of print shop - Empreza Graphica Klabin.
  • 1890
    Creation of M.F. Klabin e Irmão. Printing company and importer of office supplies - São Paulo.
  • 1899
    Incorporation of Klabin Irmão e Cia – KIC: printing company and importer of office supplies in São Paulo.
  • 1902
    Production of paper after leasing the Fábrica de Papel Paulista in Vila do Salto de Itú.
  • 1909-1914
    Incorporation of Companhia Fabricadora de Papel – CFP.
  • 1924
    CFPwas one of the three largest plants in the sector in Brazil.
1930 - 1940
The Great Boom

The Getúlio Vargas government (1932-1945) was marked by an economic policy focused on promoting the development of heavy industry to meet market demand.

The paper and corrugated board sector led the generalized growth of the manufacturing industry. Problems caused by the difficulty in importing newsprint paper and paper pulp, among others, are mitigated by tax incentives for setting up paper mills.

During this period, Klabin Irmãos & Cia. – KIC experienced its first major development boom. The Group became one of the most important in the country, embarking on a process of rapid expansion and diversification of its activities.

  • 1931
    Start of ceramics production - Manufatura Nacional de Porcelanas S.A.
  • 1934
    Purchase of Monte Alegre Farm in Paraná to set upIndústria Klabin do Paraná, the first integrated paper mill.
  • 1941
    Incorporation of the Group’s first corporation – Indústria Klabin de Papel e Celulose.
  • 1946
    tartup of pulp and newsprint paper operations atIKPC S.A. High professionalization: substantial hiring of skilled European professionals.
  • 1947
    Milestone in the history of paper production in Brazil: part of the domestic market for newsprint paper begins to be supplied by a domestic producer with Klabin paper.
1950 - 1960
Opening up New Markets

The Plan of Targets of the Juscelino Kubitschek government (1955- 1960) focused on expanding the public sector, with the construction of highways, the Federal District in Brasília, among other priorities, and on continuing the establishment of heavy industries.

The urbanization process and the pace of population growth caused far-reaching changes in the consumer market. New products and evolving requirements affected diverse production sectors, stimulating the emergence of new activities. Klabin already stood out among the country’s leading business groups and launches new products in the market: corrugated board, synthetic fibers and advertising matches.

  • 1951
    Incorporation of Rilsan Brasileira S.A. as an associated company of KIC in partnership with Nitroquímica Brasileira e S.A. Indústria Votorantim, of the Ermírio de Moraes Group, to manufacture synthetic fibers.
  • 1952
    Startup of corrugated board production at the Companhia Fabricadora de Papel.
  • 1953
    Startup of production of advertising matches.
  • 1955
    With the success of the corrugated board sector, the Del Castilho Unit is set up in Rio de Janeiro (RJ).
1960 - 1970
Accelerated Growth

The paper sector predicted incentives for the construction of newsprint mills since it was detected in the early 1960s that the critical point facing the paper industry was the low production of newsprint paper, which supplied only a third of the domestic market.

In that political scenario marked by incentives, Klabin concentrated its investments on improving key production sectors by building new and modern mills, and centralizing its activities in the paper, corrugated board and ceramics industries.

  • 1961-1969
    Incorporation of Papel e Celulose Catarinense Ltda – PCC, a modern kraft paper and softwood pulp mill.
  • 1961
    Establishment of the Vila Anastácio Unit.The Vila Anastácio Unit was considered one of the largest in Latin America at the time.
  • 1963
    Paper Machine no. 6 inaugurated.
  • 1967
    Acquisition of Piracicaba mill as part of the project to produce pulp using sugarcane bagasse
  • 1973
    Inauguration of Papelão Ondulado do Nordeste – PONSA, in Goiana. Startup of industrial bags production at Celucat in Lages, Santa Catarina.
  • 1974
    Entry into the disposable paper market with the acquisition of ONIBLA S.A.
  • 1979
    Paper Machine no. 7 inaugurated.
1980 - 1990
New Administrative Directions

The country started showing how the 1980s would be: high inflation, huge foreign debt, factors that combined with the global recession, provoked a sharp drop in market prices.

Klabin remained stable, thanks to a flexible sales policy that alternated between focusing on the foreign market and the domestic market. Always maintaining the quality of its production, it was able to export its products even with the global market in crisis and recession, indicating a high level of competitiveness.

Despite the difficulties, Klabin expands and diversifies its production in the pulp and paper industries, entering the multiwall sacks and dissolving pulp markets.

  • 1982
    Acquisition of Rio Grande - Companhia de Celulose do Sul - Riocell, located in Guaíba, Rio Grande do Sul.
  • 1983
    Creation of the holding company Indústrias Klabin de Papel e Celulose – IKPC, which becomes the parent company of Klabin companies.
  • 1984
    Start of Klabin’s Phytotherapy Program – non-wood forestry products.
  • 1987
    Klabin exits the ceramics business.
1990 - 2000
Resuming Expansion

The start of the 1990s is characterized by an unstable, highly inflationary economy with high interest rates, forcing companies to adopt new measures to keep their sales stable, directing sales either to the export or domestic markets according to demand.

The Brazilian economy resumed growth in 1993, after 3 years of stagnation. Despite the recovery, which began in the last quarter of 1992 with the definition of presidential succession, the pulp and paper industry faced hurdles due to oversupply in the market, increasing competition among manufacturers and significantly affecting prices.

In 1994, the Real Plan comes into existence with the creation of a new currency. The goal to stabilize the domestic currency and end hyperinflation, increase the purchasing power and bring fresh prospects to diverse sectors of the economy.

  • 1990
    Klabin Fabricadora de Papel e Celulose S.A. - KFPC acquires the Companhia de Papéis. Klabin becomes the largest sanitary paper manufacturer in Brazil.
  • 1996
    Klabin expands its business across Latin America in the production of kraft paper, envelopes and bags with the installation of a Celucat plant in the industrial district of Pillar, Argentina.
  • 1997
    Klabin and Kimberly-Clark joint venture in Argentina. The new company was called KCK Tissue S.A. (becoming Klabin Kimberly S.A. in 1999).
  • 1998
    Klabin expands the Piracicaba mill, installing a new paper machine with production capacity of 100,000 tons/year of fluting paper and testliner using scrap as raw material.
  • 1999
    Piracicaba Unit inaugurates machine to recycle Tetra Pak packaging.
  • 2000
    Indústrias Klabin de Papel e Celulose S.A. acquires Igaras Papéis e Embalagens S.A. through its subsidiary Klabin Argentina S.A.
Present Day
A New Millennium. New Challenges.

The economy enters the new millennium with prosperity and financial stability. Major investments are once again directed to the public sector, especially to infrastructure.

In Brazil, following the global economic policy trends, the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) is launched with investments targeted at the economic development of various sectors to stimulate GDP growth.

At the end of the 2000s, starting in 2010, the global economy is deeply shaken by the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis in 2007 and 2008.

In Brazil, starting from 2010, already suffering from the derivatives crisis, we also witness the scenario of political and economic instability, with unpopular fiscal austerity measures. Accusations of corruption in the government and industrial sectors drive the economy to stagnation, with large companies accused of fraudulent overpricing, creating cartels and paying bribes to politicians.

  • 2001
    Klabin S.A. is created
  • 2003
    Klabin S.A. announces its exit from the production and sale of newsprint paper, disposable paper and pulp. Focus on packaging.
  • 2008
    MA–1100 Expansion Project launched at the Monte Alegre Unit in Paraná. The Unit becomes one of the world's ten biggest paper mills and Klabin is one of the six largest global producers of virgin fiber board.
  • 2011
    Installation of new biomass boiler in the Otacílio Costa Unit, Santa Catarina, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption.
  • 2012
    Investments of R$220 million announced on a new sackraft machine at the Correia Pinto Unit, Santa Catarina, with capacity of 80,000 tons/year.
  • 2013
    Expansion of production capacity: of industrial bags, with the installation of a new machine, and of corrugated boards, with new corrugators and printers at the Goiana Unit in the state of Pernambuco.
  • 2016
    Inauguration of the Puma Unit in Paraná, with production capacity of 1.5 million tons of pulp, making Klabin the first company in Brazil ready to simultaneously offer hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp. Klabin acquires Embalplan, located in Rio Negro, Paraná, and the assets of Hevi Embalagens located in Manaus, Amazonas.
  • 2017
    Klabin inaugurates its Technology Center in Telêmaco Borba, Paraná. The new center completes the integration of the research and development fronts of the Company’s business teams, a strategy that was adopted to incorporate a global, unified and highly complex vision.
  • 2019
    Inauguration of the Nature Interpretation Center at the Serra da Farofa complex in Santa Catarina. The center is located in a priority conservation area at an altitude of 1,700 meters and is equipped with accommodation for up to 40 visitors.
  • 2019
    Announcement of the Puma II Project, which involves the construction of two packaging paper machines (kraftliner), with integrated pulp production, in Ortigueira, Paraná.
  • 2019
    Klabin wins bid for concession of a pulp terminal at the Port of Paranaguá in Paraná. The company obtained access to an area spanning 27,530m2 for 25 years, with renewal allowed for another 45 years.
  • 2019
    Launch of Klabin ForYou, the Company’s first e-commerce platform focused on the final consumer, it was launched as the only digital platform in Brazil to offer customized packaging made from renewable raw materials in small lots for small and medium entrepreneurs.
  • 2019
    Klabin acquired an industrial plant in the city of Horizonte, Ceará, expanding its production of corrugated board packaging in the Northeastern region of Brazil. The industrial unit, located 35 km from state capital Fortaleza and 90 km from the Port of Pecém, occupies an area of 1 million m2 and has a built-up area of 30,000 m2.
  • 2019
    Operational startup of the Pilot Mills Complex in Telêmaco Borba, Paraná, where studies and tests will be conducted using microfibrillated pulp (MFC) and lignin. The Complex enables simulating a manufacturing unit.
  • 2020
    Inauguration of Brazil’s first Forestry Operations Vocational School on an area spanning 37,000m² in Ortigueira, Paraná. At an investment of R$35 million, the Center, which has capacity for 800 students, was the result of a partnership between Klabin, the Paraná State Government and the Municipal Government of Ortigueira.
  • 2020
    Acquisition of International Paper corrugated packaging and packaging paper business in Brazil - Manaus (AM), Rio Verde (GO), Suzano (SP) e Paulínia (SP) and Franco da Rocha (SP) units. With the transaction, we get even closer to customers throughout the country, supporting our goal of growing and diversifying with an even larger, more flexible and adaptable portfolio of products and formats.
  • 2021
    Klabin becomes part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), as the only Brazilian industrial company selected to make up the “World” portfolio of the index, in addition to the “Emerging Markets”, which reference the world's leading companies in economic performance, governance practices and socio-environmental performance.


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