Despite worldwide and regional concerns about COVID-19 over the past year, the pulp and paper market in Latin America remains robust. A recent report provided by Fastmarkets RISI shows the resulting lockdowns have not impacted the industry in the region.
The report indicates that Brazil’s largest pulp and paper company was ahead of the curve and adjusted operations three weeks before the most recent outbreak. The company limits the number of people with access to the mill and operates with high raw material levels. The pulp and paper industry has been termed an essential business by many nations around the globe as 2020’s shortage indicated the high demand for products such as paper towels and toilet paper.
Other companies in the region have been operating without a significant change in production. A leading pulp producer invested in a new swinging bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp and dissolving pulp (DP) line, which is currently ramping up construction. Another area mill confirmed that despite a series of modifications to its logistics and infrastructure and stringent protocols, work remains on schedule.
John Crane facilities in the region are operating in accordance with local guidelines and doing their best to ensure worker safety and public health. Local production and service centers are equipped to supply the regional pulp and paper market with the products and repairs needed to meet growing demand. Technicians and engineers are available to troubleshoot problems and provide guidance that aids in improving reliability, reducing the total cost of ownership and curtailing water consumption.
With the production in the region booming, water conservation is an important environmental and economic consideration. John Crane offers several products that aid in reducing water usage. Click the links below to learn how John Crane can help you conserve water.
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