SETÚBAL PULP AND PAPER MILL
A MODEL UNIT IN SOUTHERN EUROPE
With a production structure based around industrial complexes in Setúbal, Figueira da Foz and Cacia, the Portucel Soporcel group has asserted itself as Europe's leading manufacturer of UWF paper for office stationery and the printing industry. These plants set an international benchmark in terms of their scale and high-level technology.
The Setúbal industrial site, situated in Mitrena on the Sado estuary, just 8 km from the city of Setúbal, consists of two integrated manufacturing facilities: a mill producing bleached eucalyptus pulp (with a capacity of 530,000 tons/year), supplying approximately 40% of its output to the paper mill, which in turn boasts annual production capacity (manufacture and processing) of 795 thousand tons of uncoated woodfree paper (UWF).
The New Paper Mill, with annual production capacity of 500 thousand tons, means that the Portucel Soporcel Group can now integrate all the pulp produced at the Setúbal site in the manufacture of UWF printing and writing paper.
The Setúbal pulp mill is one of the largest and most advanced in Southern Europe. Its competitive advantages include excellent energy performance and eco-efficiency - thanks to the use of biomass the mill is self-sufficient in energy and sell surplus power to the national grid.
Using Eucalyptus globulus grown in Portugal as raw material, the mill applies the Kraft process to produce bleached pulp for the manufacture of premium quality printing and writing papers.
The paper is processed into cut-size formats (office stationery and offset paper for the graphic industry) and sold primarily on the European market, where it is known for its high quality and superior performance.
The industrial operations at the complex are managed within the framework of an ongoing development plan, designed to achieve high standards of industrial efficiency and environmental performance, through large-scale capital projects and organizational streamlining.
FIGUEIRA DA FOZ PULP AND PAPER MILL
ONE OF EUROPE'S MOST EFFICIENT INTEGRATED PULP AND PAPER MILLS
Located at the Lavos Industrial Site in Figueira da Foz, this is one of Europe's most efficient pulp and paper production units. With annual production and processing output of approximately 800 thousand tons of UWF paper, this is one of the largest industrial units in Europe.
Since its start-up in 1984, this industrial unit has been consistently fitted with cutting edge technology. With the installation of a second state-of-the-art paper machine in 2000, the Figueira da Foz mill has established itself as a benchmark in the European UWF paper industry.
Industrial operations at the Figueira da Foz mill are vertically integrated, from the forest to final paper products, including annual output of 560 thousand tons of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp and generation of green energy from biomass.
The entire pulp output is incorporated in the manufacture of uncoated printing and writing paper. All the paper produced is processed on-site for the printing industry (large formats) and for office stationery (A4 and A3).
CACIA PULP MILL
PULP DESIGNED FOR SPECIALTY PAPERS
Located in central Portugal, 8 km from the city of Aveiro, the Cacia mill lies at the heart of the country's largest area of eucalyptus forest. Proximity to the source of its raw material is a key asset, which the unit has skilfully converted into product value and competitive advantage.
The plant produces 285 thousand tons/year of pulp designed for special applications. To the intense pride of its workforce, the pulp produced meets the exacting standards demanded by European manufacturers of speciality papers.
The Cacia mill enjoys an international reputation in market segments such as décor papers, coated papers and tissue papers.
It was the Cacia mill that in 1957 pioneered the manufacture of paper pulp from eucalyptus using the Kraft process. The spirit of innovation has been a constant feature of this industrial plant, which has successfully capitalized on the know-how accrued over successive decades.