International technology group Andritz has received a follow-up order from Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano for a major conversion project at the Limeira pulp mill.
The project will enable Suzano to increase its eucalyptus-based fluff pulp production capacity from 100,000 to 440,000 tons per year to meet the growing global demand for personal hygiene products. Suzano is the only company in the world producing fluff pulp from hardwood - based on Andritz technology.
Andritz will convert a pulp drying line for bleached hardwood kraft pulp (BHKP) into a line that can switch between BHKP and Suzano's Eucafluff pulp. With this project, Suzano continues to expand its highly successful Eucafluff business, which began eight years ago when Andritz converted one of the company's paper machines to produce fluff pulp from eucalyptus. This was the first time fluff pulp was produced from hardwood, and the rebuilt machine has been running at full capacity ever since.
The Eucafluff brand is now well known in the hygiene market as an innovative and sustainable solution. It is approved for use in disposable care products that meet the strict criteria of the EU Ecolabel and the Nordic Swan label for high environmental standards throughout the life cycle of a product.
The equipment to be supplied includes a new state-of-the-art headbox, an extension of the former, a PrimeCal Hard hard-nip calender, a PrimeReel, two winders, a new roll wrapping and handling line, and a core feeding system. Production on the converted machine is expected to start in the Q4 2025.
Andritz Pulp & Paper provides sustainable technology, automation, and service solutions for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue.