Paraná, November 24, 2017 – The Puma Unit, Klabin’s pulp plant in Ortigueira, Paraná, is the first in Brazil’s pulp industry to obtain the integrated certification ISO 9001 and 14001 in the new versions (2015), as well as OHSAS 18001. Moreover, the company achieved the feat in record time, with less than two years from its startup, while the market average is four years.
According to Sadi de Oliveira, Industrial Pulp Officer of Klabin, the company views the certifications as its responsibility towards its stakeholders. “Management of the company is entirely focused on sustainable development and that includes making sure that all of our operations are compliant with the market’s quality requirements in all aspects. This feat was achieved thanks to the engagement of our employees, outsourced workers and suppliers during all stages of certification, which shows that this commitment is in our nature,” he said.
Industries the size of the Puma Unit take about four to five years to obtain integrated certifications such as these. Obtaining these certifications in such a short span of time was possible since the Puma Unit is one of the world’s most modern pulp plants, built in accordance with global sustainability best practices and a strict work schedule of Klabin at the Unit, which, after the “general maintenance shutdown” in March this year, attained full production capacity, which was followed by internal audits and subsequently by audits conducted by the certification authorities of ISO and OHSAS.
The ISO 9001:2015 standard certifies quality management at all production processes, defines the principles and guidelines of areas ranging from administration and procurement to laboratories and pulp production, for instance. ISO 14001:2015 lays down the guidelines for environmental management best practices across all processes at the plant, from selective waste collection to the responsible use of natural resources, such as water. The updated versions of both standards further raised the quality requirements of all industrial processes, employees and the environment.
The OHSAS 18001:2007 standard lays down the guidelines on occupational health and safety management, covering aspects that range from the quality of life of employees to the use of safety equipment and the operation of production machinery.
Puma Unit is the biggest investment in the history of Klabin, which became the only company in Brazil to simultaneously offer hardwood pulp (eucalyptus), softwood pulp (pine) and fluff pulp. The Unit’s production capacity is 1.5 million tons of pulp/year. Moreover, it has an average power generation capacity of 270 MW, of which the surplus generation of 150 MW is sufficient to serve a city of 500,000 people, making Klabin self-sufficient in energy. The Puma Unit underscores Klabin’s commitment to sustainability best practices by combining high forest productivity, efficient operations and logistics, and cutting-edge environmental technology.