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Bracell Rebrands Pulp Operations in Brazil; Pulp Mill Expansion Project Underway

Bracell pulp mill in Lencois Paulista Bracell has begun a capacity expansion project at its pulp mill in Lencois Paulista (formerly Lwarcel Celulose), which will increase the mill's capacity from 250,000 tpy by an additional 1,250,000 tpy to reach 1.5 million tpy.

May 8, 2019 - Bracell Group, which is part of Singapore-based RGE, has announced that it will rebrand its operations throughout Brazil under the newly refreshed Bracell brand. Effective immediately, Bahia Specialty Cellulose (BSC) in Camacari, Bahia, and Lwarcel Celulose in Lencois Paulista, Sao Paulo, will operate under the unified Bracell brand.

Bracell announced the rebranding shortly after it commenced work on 'Project Star,' a major expansion project at its pulp mill in the state of Sao Paulo.

“We have operated one of the industry's most respected specialty cellulose producers, Bahia Specialty Cellulose, right here in Brazil for over 15 years,” said Per Lindblom, Executive Vice President, Bracell Group. “Our acquisition of Lwarcel Celulose in August 2018 now provides us with a platform to become one of the most dynamic and fastest growing dissolving pulp and cellulose operations not only in Brazil, but in the world.”

Project Star Mill Expansion in Sao Paulo State

Bracell's pulp mill in Lencois Paulista (formerly Lwarcel) has also officially launched "Project Star," a substantial expansion effort to increase its current production capacity of 250,000 tons per year (tpy) by an additional 1,250,000 tpy to reach 1.5 million tpy. Work on the expansion has already begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. By the time of its completion, Project Star is expected to represent the largest private investment in the state of Sao Paulo in the last 20 years.

Mill Expansion Features and Sustainability Commitments:

  • The new mill in Lencois Paulista will feature best-in-class technology that will have a flexible line designed primarily to produce dissolving pulp;
  • The expansion project will feature the latest designs in a “new generation pulp mill”, which represents the first of its kind in Brazil to incorporate a bio-refinery concept to reduce waste and realize value across all potential streams;
  • The bio-refinery incorporates circular economy and closed loop approaches to production; this approach controls material inputs to maximize recycling and recovery of materials, minimize waste while greatly reducing the environmental footprint; specifically, this results in low water consumption, low emission and no fossil fuels.

By the time Project Star completes in 2021, Bracell will have annual production capacity of 2.0 million tons of dissolving pulp and will employ 7,300 direct and indirect employees.

Bracell, a part of RGE's group of companies, is a leading producer of dissolving pulp and specialty cellulose. It manages approximately 234,000 hectares of owned land and has an installed annual production capacity of 750,000 tons of pulp and employs almost 7,000 people in the two states where it operates.

SOURCE: RGE (Royal Golden Eagle)