Ahlstrom increases its coating capacity in Brazil
24 August 10
Ahlstrom, a global leader in nonwowens and specialty papers has completed an investment to increase the speed of an off-line coater at its Jacareì plant in Brazil. The higher speed of the coater will markedly increase the coating capacity of the plant and will enable Ahlstrom to better satisfy the growing demand for coated papers and further reinforce Ahlstrom’s leadership in the Brazilian and South American markets. “This investment is an important step for Ahlstrom. The higher speed of the coater will enable to significantly increase the plant’s paper output to be coated,” says Valmir Piton, Vice President, South America, Label and Processing at Ahlstrom.
The Jacareì plant mainly produces one-side coated papers for release liners, labels, packaging and other coated specialties. The total workforce of plant is about 340 employees including direct and indirect staff . In September 2007 Ahlstrom has created a joint company with VCP( Votorantin Celulose e Papel ), actual Fibria, in its integrated pulp and paper plant in Jacareí. In September 2008 Ahlstrom acquired the remaining share to become 100% owner.
As consumption of coated papers is still relatively low compared with the US and Europe, there is considerable potential for growth in this market. “Market growth is influenced by general economic conditions but still at multiples of GDP in South America. The annual per capita consumption of labels materials remains low – at around 2 square metres – compared to the 15 square metres found in most mature markets such as US and Europe,” explains Valmir Piton.
A large part of Ahlstrom’s coated papers are also produced in Europe at the sites located in Stenay, France, and Osnabrück, Germany. For the abrasives industry Ahlstrom’s extensive range of backing papers is suitable for a wide variety of abrasive applications in the woodworking, home and building, metal, automotive, leather and other industries. Ahlstrom’s 5,800 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2009, Ahlstrom’s net sales amounted to EUR 1.6 billion. The company website is at www.ahlstrom.com.