Paraná, April 16, 2019 – The first technical school for forest operations in Brazil will be based in Ortigueira (PR) and is due to be inaugurated next year. The creation of the State Center for Professional Forestry and Agricultural Education of Ortigueira takes place through a partnership between Klabin, the government of the State of Paraná and the Ortigueira City Hall. The school, with a capacity of 800 students, will initially offer three courses: Forestry Operations Technician, Heavy Machinery Maintenance Technician and Agribusiness Technician, which will be offered in Integral (concomitant with high school) and subsequent (when the student already have high school and only do technical training). About 300 places will be offered in a boarding school and semi-boarding school, allowing the entry of students from different regions of the country.
In addition to collaborating with all its pioneering activity and know-how for the creation of the courses, Klabin signed the deed of use of the buildings for the Ortigueira City Hall, which were used as accommodation for workers of the Puma Project at the time of the factory. The structure has rooms, bathrooms, classrooms, industrial kitchen, dining room, soccer field and leisure area. The company is also offering the equipment that will be used in the courses (simulators, Skidders, processors and Feller Bunchers) and a specialized library. The total contribution of Klabin is valued at approximately R $ 23 million, adding up the investment applied at the time of construction, the technical laboratories that will be implemented by the company, the engineering executive projects for the adaptation of the buildings, the library and the equipment. The Secretariat of Education of the State of Paraná will carry out the necessary adaptation works for accessibility and will build a mechanic’s workshop and a covered sports court. The state’s investment will be in the order of R $ 12 million. In order to develop the project, representatives from Klabin, State Secretariat of Education of Paraná, Telemaco Borba Regional Education Center and Ortigueira City Hall visited 2017 schools in Finland and Sweden in the region of Scandinavia, a world reference in the pulp and paper industry.
“Klabin maintains in Paraná one of the largest and most important forestry operations in the world. We have the best productivity in speed of growth and volume of wood, the best equipment and, with the specialized technical training, we will improve the excellence in the operation of these machines. This is the first school of its kind located in South America, so it is a proud contribution and part of the idealization of this project, “says José Totti, Klabin’s Forestry Director.
“This school is the fulfillment of a dream: to offer in our city a world-class education, as we have seen in Sweden and Finland, enabling students from the city and the whole region to have access to more qualified and high-quality jobs technology, “said Lourdes Banach, mayor of Ortigueira.
“One of the great goals of Education in Paraná is to expand the offer and quality of vocational education as a way to combat school dropout and increase the prospects of access to the labor market. This partnership with Klabin will impact on the improvement of vocational education and the employability of our young people “, Renato Feder, Secretary of Education of Paraná.
As the largest producer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil, Klabin is a leader in the corrugated packaging and industrial bags segments and the only company in the country to offer the market a solution in short fiber, long fiber and fluff pulp. The company currently maintains three factories in the State of Paraná: the Monte Alegre Unit in Telêmaco Borba; the Puma Unit in Ortigueira; and the Rio Negro Unit in Rio Negro; in addition to forestry operations.
Klabin is the largest producer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil, the leader in the markets for corrugated packaging and industrial sacks and the only company in the country to offer the market a solution in hardwood and fluff pulp. Founded in 1899, it has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. In Paraná alone, it generates more than 10 thousand jobs (direct and indirect) in more than 25 municipalities close to the company’s operations, mainly in the Campos Gerais region.
The company is a pioneer in the adoption of forest management in the form of mosaic, which consists of the formation of planted forests interspersed with preserved native forests, forming ecological corridors that help in the maintenance of biodiversity. The company’s forest area in Paraná comprises a total of 342 thousand hectares, of which 142 thousand are native forests. Klabin also maintains an Ecological Park, at Fazenda Monte Alegre, in Telemaco Borba, for research and conservation purposes, working in the reception and rehabilitation of wild animals victims of accidents or ill-treatment, helping the work of environmental agencies. In addition to contributing to the preservation of flora and fauna of the region, including endangered species.
The entire management of the company is oriented to Sustainable Development. In the Campos Gerais region, Klabin develops many of its social and environmental programs, with emphasis on “Social Woods – Planning Sustainable Properties”, Legal Woods, Solid Waste Project, Growing Lendo, Caiubi Program, Mirim Green Force and Environmental Protectors.
The company has also adhered to the UN’s Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS), is a signatory to the Global Compact and the National Pact for Eradication of Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and partners who follow the same values ??of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles .
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