AkzoNobel inaugurates chemical complex in Brazil supplying the world's biggest pulp mill
07:56 AM | March 7, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz
AkzoNobel has inaugurated a €90-million ($116.9 million) chemicals plant at Jupiá, Brazil, supplying the Eldorado Brasil cellulose pulp mill, which is the biggest in the world, the company said today. Operated by AkzoNobel’s pulp and performance chemicals business, the Jupiá facility represents one of AkzoNobel's largest investments in Latin America. It will supply, store, and handle all chemicals for the 1.5-million m.t./year Eldorado mill under an agreement that runs for the next 15 years.
The project marks a significant step in AkzoNobel accelerating growth in one of its core markets, said Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's board member/specialty chemicals. "The plant's official opening also emphasizes our commitment to expanding our activities in one of the world's most rapidly growing regions", says Ruud Joosten, managing director/pulp and performance chemicals. The Jupiá plant will play an important role in ensuring a sustainable eucalyptus pulp supply to the global marketplace and provide employment to about 60 people, the company says. Jose Carlos Grubisich, CEO of Eldorado Brasil Celulose, says that Eldorado is planning to develop further its strategic partnership with AkzoNobel.
AkzoNobel has a well-established pulp and paper chemicals operation in Brazil, where the company already operates the chemical island concept at several pulp mills, as well as running production units in Jacareí, Eunápolis, Três Lagoas, Rio de Janeiro, and Jundiaí.