Suzano has announced plans to build a tissue paper manufacturing and converting unit in the municipality of Aracruz, state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The project, which still needs to be approved by the company’s Board of Directors, provides for a production capacity of 60,000 tons per year of tissue that would then be converted into toilet paper and paper towels.
Suzano estimates investment in the project of around R$ 600 million and an implementation period of approximately two years from the time of its approval. During the period of the construction, 300 jobs are expected to be created. After production starts, around 200 direct and indirect employees will work at the unit.
“The intention of building a new mill reinforces Suzano’s commitment to the development of Espírito Santo. At the end of 2019, we announced an investment of almost R$1 billion in the state, including the construction of a mill in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim. The unit went into operation at the beginning of 2021 and now, less than a year and a half later, we announced the plan to make another important investment possible in the state”, says Walter Schalka, president of Suzano.
In the city of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, also in Espírito Santo state, Suzano has a mill – its fifth production line in the consumer goods unit – with the capacity to convert tissue into 30 thousand tons of toilet paper per year, which is equivalent to 1 million rolls per day.
Suzano plans to fund the investment using its balance of ICMS tax credits in the state, which will depend on the presentation of a specific project and authorization by the applicable authorities.
The company has tissue manufacturing plants in the Brazilian cities of Belém (Pará), Mucuri (Bahia) and Imperatriz (Maranhão), as well as conversion units in Maracanaú (Ceará) and Cachoeiro de Itapemirim. In Espírito Santo, Suzano already directly and indirectly employs around 5,000 people.