SAO PAULO, Brazil, May 31, 2011 /PR Newswire/ -- Nalco (NYSE: NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, has helped Suzano Pulp and Paper's industrial units in the cities of Suzano, Sao Paulo and Mucuri, Bahia in Brazil, significantly reduce water and chemical use in their papermaking process.
Suzano, the second largest global producer of eucalyptus pulp and regional leader in the paper market, developed a new set of KPIs (key performance indicators) for its papermaking operations and asked Nalco to find ways to improve its performance, reduce costs and optimize the use of natural resources.
The Nalco team identified the combination of a new retention, drainage and formation program with patented PARETO Mixing Technology to enhance the wet-end of the papermaking process, where high amounts of water and fiber are formed into the paper sheet before it is dried. By using the PARETO Optimizer solution, improved mixing was achieved, leading to the desired decrease in water and chemical usage.
'As a sustainability-oriented company, Suzano is always looking to increase its business competitiveness while at the same time implementing effective solutions that strengthen innovation,' said Ernesto Pousada, Executive Director of Operations at Suzano Pulp and Paper.
With the implementation of these new technologies, total fresh water demand in both mills decreased more than 79 million gallons per year, leading to a significant improvement in the sustainability performance.
This success led Suzano Pulp and Paper to recognize its successful partnership with Nalco and present the company with the Suzano Providers Award, in the Innovation Category, in 2009.
For more information about how Nalco helped Suzano Pulp and Paper improve its sustainability performance, visit www.nalco.com/suzano.
Nalco is the world's largest sustainability services company focused on industrial water, energy and air applications; delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. More than 12,000 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2010, Nalco achieved sales of $4.25 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com.
About Suzano Pulp and Paper
Suzano Pulp and Paper is a forest-based company providing cost-effective products and services based on a 100 percent renewable source of wood fiber from eucalyptus plantations. The company operates in the paper industry, focusing in the Latin American market, and pulp for European and Asian markets. In 2010 Suzano started expanding its activities to new products and services such as wood pellets for energy fuel, forest management and biotechnology service provider. The company believes that with this new focus, along with innovation, sustainability and operational excellence it will become one of the leading and most efficient corporate entities worldwide by 2024, when it will celebrate its 100th anniversary.