Klabin inaugurated its Technology Center in Paraná. The new center completes the integration of the research and development fronts of the company’s business teams, a strategy that was adopted to incorporate a global, unified and highly complex vision.
With laboratories capable of producing a wide range of forestry products, the center seeks to anticipate trends and to develop new technologies and sustainable applications. Its construction is part of a plan to invest R$70 million in Research, Development and Innovation (R&D+I) over three years (through 2017), which also includes the acquisition of equipment, the revamping of forestry research labs and the training and recruiting of technicians and researchers.
Klabin’s Technology Center will focus on five research fields: wood quality; development of new products and applications for pulp; development of new products and applications for packaging paper; new forestry technological routes; and the environment and sustainability. To support the center’s work, Klabin also structured a local and international network of partnerships with technology incubators, universities and prominent research centers.
“We are taking Klabin’s Research, Development and Innovation activities to an ever higher level. The new Technology Center will boast expert professionals and state-of-the-art laboratories to ensure that Klabin can accelerate its research and development and operate on the cutting edge of its industry,” said Francisco Razzolini, Technology Director at Klabin’s Pulp Unit.
The forestry and industrial R&D teams will have over 100 specialized professionals dedicated to research and innovation. The team is formed by forestry, chemical and industrial engineers specializing in the industry. Klabin also has invested heavily in training and recruiting technicians and researchers.