Klabin to enhance sustainable barrier output at Monte Alegre mill

In line with its commitment to launch increasingly more sustainable solutions, Klabin has confirmed it will make investments of R$ 40m in the technology employed to apply a dispersible barrier in the paperboard used to produce diverse types of packaging.  The solution, which offers a barrier to water, water vapour and grease directly at the mill and is available on an industrial scale, retains the original recycling and composting characteristics of paper, while offering a more sustainable alternative to the options currently available.

The investment will be used to modernise 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 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,” says Flávio Deganutti, Paper Director, Klabin. “The investment in modernizing this machine expands the markets that we can serve, which include chilled/frozen foods such as pizzas, nuggets, hamburgers, meat, fish, sausages – as well as industrial foods (proteins, broth, cookies), detergent powder, paper cups and more sophisticated solutions for liquid foods, all on a larger scale.”

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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