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Updated on 18.02.2016

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February 18, 2016 - FIBRIA ACQUIRES NEW FOREST HARVESTING MACHINES TO MEET ITS EXPANSION NEEDS IN TRÊS LAGOAS (MS)

Investments will exceed R$100 million. The company will train employees and expects to create additional jobs to meet the demand

Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer, took another step towards meeting the needs of the Horizonte 2 Project, which is building a new production line at its Três Lagoas unit in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Even before the operational startup scheduled for the last quarter of 2017, Fibria has already acquired from Komatsu, new machines that will harvest, bark and transport wood up to the roadside to be then transported to the plant. Investments in the new equipment will exceed R$ 100 million.

“We acquired the machines for the harvest that will supply the Horizonte 2 Project. We will have harvesters, which will harvest and bark the eucalyptus trees on the field, and forwarders, which will transport the wood to the truck that will take it to the plant. These machines deliver the best performance in the market and will ensure supply for the new line at highly competitive production costs,” says Aires Galhardo, Executive Officer – Forestry Operations of Fibria.

The machines are equipped with air-conditioned cabins and have been designed according to the best convenience and safety standards.  These are hydraulic electronic machines built with a high degree of applied technology, enabling the operator to command them through electric joysticks, with minimum effort and high precision.

“We offer training for employees to operate the new equipment safely. For this, we will use 3D simulators (similar to flight simulators) that will simulate the operation in progress even before it actually happens, using all the knowhow and experience of Fibria in training forest harvesting operators and mechanics,” says Tomás Balistiero, General Manager – Operations of Fibria in Mato Grosso do Sul.

 

Job creation

With the increase in production and the acquisition of new high technology machines, Fibria expects to create 700 new jobs for the harvesting process throughout 2016.

“The new machines deliver high performance at competitive costs and will require more people directly involved in the process. This is a tremendous boost for job creation and the economy and for professionalization of the region,” says Tomás.

Construction work on the Horizonte 2 Project began in 2015 and is advancing on schedule. At an investment of R$8.7 billion (equivalent to around US$2.2 billion), Fibria’s expansion project, which will go operational in the final quarter of 2017, will create 40,000 jobs during the construction phase and 3,000 direct and indirect jobs at the end of the project. The Três Lagoas unit will increase its annual pulp production capacity by 1.75 million tons. With this expansion, Fibria’s Três Lagoas unit will have a total capacity of 3.05 million tons of pulp per year, becoming one of the largest pulp producers in the world.

 

About Fibria

The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet the growing global demand for forestry products in a sustainable manner. With production capacity of 5.3 million tons of pulp per year, it has industrial units in Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates Veracel in a joint operation with Stora Enso. Fibria has 969,000 hectares of forests, with 568,000 hectares of planted forests, 338,000 hectares of environmental preservation and conservation areas and 63,000 hectares destined for other uses. The pulp manufactured by Fibria is exported to more than 40 countries. In May 2015, Fibria announced the expansion of its Três Lagoas unit, which will receive a new line with annual pulp production capacity of 1.75 million tons and is slated for startup in the fourth quarter of 2017. Further information: www.fibria.com.br/en/

 

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