Paraná, October 1, 2019 – Those driving on the PR-160 highway between Telêmaco Borba and Harmonia can notice that the new underpass and access ramps to Gate 2 of Klabin’s Monte Alegre Unit and the sorting post are already functioning. Construction works also included the widening of the roundabout to access Harmonia.
These improvements brought greater safety to highway users. The underpass will facilitate access by trucks to Klabin’s wood yard, making traffic more fluid on that stretch. Construction works, which started in January, are included in the agreement between Klabin and the Paraná State Government, which permits investments made on the highway to be offset against a portion of the ICMS tax payable by the company.
The agreement also included other construction works:
– Third lane of the stretch between Telêmaco Borba and Harmonia;
– Third lane between the bridge and overpass that provide access to the city;
– Third lane of the urban stretch of PR-160 until the roundabout with PR-340 (Estrada da Campina);
– Urbanization and adjustments to ramps and roundabouts.
Klabin is Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper, the leader in the corrugated board and industrial bag packaging segments, and the only company in the country offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp. Founded in 1899, Klabin has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. In Paraná alone, Klabin has generated over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in more than 25 cities close to its operations, especially in the Campos Gerais region.
Klabin pioneered the adoption of mosaic-based forest stewardship, which consists of planted forests interspersed with preserved native forests, forming ecological corridors that help to maintain the biodiversity. Klabin’s forest area in Paraná totals 342,000 hectares, 142,000 of which are native forests. Klabin also maintains an Ecological Park in the Monte Alegre Farm in Telêmaco Borba for research and conservation purposes, which provides shelter and rehabilitates wild animals that are the victims of accidents or abuse, thus supporting the efforts of environmental authorities. It also helps to preserve the region’s flora and fauna, including endangered species.
Klabin’s management is entirely guided by Sustainable Development. Klabin has implemented most of its social and environmental programs in the Campos Gerais region, notably Social Forests – Planning Sustainable Properties, Legal Forests, Solid Waste Project, Growing Up Reading, Caiubi Program, Força Verde Mirim and Environmental Protectors.
Klabin also supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles.