Bracell recently announced the start of civil works for the largest tissue mill in Latin America. The unit is being built next to Bracell’s pulp mill in Lencois Paulista (SP). In all, the company is investing R$ 5 billion in the city, R$ 2.5 billion of which in the construction of the tissue mill, which is expected to start operating in 2024, and the other half of the amount for investment in a plant production of sodium chlorate and hydrogen peroxide, chemical components used in the pulp production process.
“Our new tissue mill will be the most productive unit in Brazil,” said Praveen Singhavi, President of Bracell. “This project reinforces our commitment to invest in the country, contributing to productivity and sustainability across the business. It is a milestone that makes us very optimistic about the development prospects, as we want to add value and further expand the downstream tissue operations.”
The new mill will have four tissue production machines, which will be converted into two products: toilet paper and paper towels. With a production capacity of 240 thousand tons per year, the mill will be one of the most modern and sustainable in the world, 100% automated and the only one in Brazil to operate completely free of fossil fuels.
In the construction phase of the project, more than 2,000 jobs are expected to be created and, for the operation, there will be 550 permanent jobs. The focus of the contract is in the interior of São Paulo, the region where it operates, with a view to expanding Bracell’s commitment to fostering local development.
In January of this year, Bracell signed an agreement for the acquisition of OL Papeis Ltda. to reinforce its entry into the tissue market and expand its operations in Brazil. The presence of OL’s brands is concentrated in the Northeast region, with mills in Bahia, in Feira de Santana and Sao Goncalo dos Campos, and in Pernambuco, in the municipality of Pombos. The acquisition has already been approved by CADE.
The company also owns a pulp operation which, in the last four years, represented an investment of more than R$ 15 billion in the country. Considered the largest and most sustainable in the world, the mill has two flexible lines that produce both kraft pulp and dissolving pulp. In addition, its operation is free of fossil fuels.
Bracell is one of the world’s largest dissolving pulp and special cellulose producers with two main operations in Brazil in Camacari, Bahia and in Lencois Paulista, Sao Paulo.