KLABIN IS THE FIRST AND ONLY COMPANY IN THE SECTOR IN LATIN AMERICA TO GUARANTEE THE ORIGIN OF THE RAW MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF ITS PRODUCTS THROUGH FSC® CERTIFICATION. THIS AND OTHER CERTIFICATIONS CONFIRM THE COMPANY’S FORWARDING THINKING ATTITUDE.
— Endorsement of best practices
Assigned by independent organizations, the certifications ratify the adoption of best practices relating to Klabin’s social and environmental responsibility. These practices are extended throughout the production chain, as the company also encourages rural producers from the Forestry Development program to obtain the certification.
Klabin was the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to receive an FSC® certification for its forest areas in 1998 and the first in the world to have non-timber forest products certified.
The FSC® certification guarantees the source of the raw material used to manufacture Klabin’s products. The certificate covers the chain of custody of industrial bags, paperboard and kraft paper at the Brazilian units and the chain of custody at the Pilar Unit, in Argentina, confirming the existence of process controls and traceability required by the standard in local production of industrial bags.
— CERFLOR certifies sustainable forest management
In 2017, Klabin earned a new internationally recognized forestry certification, CERFLOR (Brazilian Forestry Certification Program). Besides the FSCT, the seal is another symbol to ensure sustainable management of the company’s forests at the Monte Alegre Unit in Paraná, and highlights its engagement with best market practices and with the quality of its production. The certification audit was recommended by the Institute of Forestry and Agricultural Management and Certification.
The achievement is a result of Klabin’s commitment to fulfill its customers’ needs for quality, environmentally correct and socially just products. In addition, the certification confirms the company’s commitment to stay updated regarding improvements to processes and environmental performance to achieve standards of excellence in sustainability.
>> IN 2017, KLABIN EARNED A FORESTRY CERTIFICATION, CERFLOR, ENSURING SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE FORESTS AT THE MONTE ALEGRE UNIT (PR), HIGHLIGHTING ITS ENGAGEMENT WITH THE BEST MARKET PRACTICES <<
— Certifications and methodology adopted
FSC® (FSC-C022516) – Forest Stewardship Council®
Ensures proper forest management through ten principles, including efficient use of multiple forest products and services, workers’ and communities’ well-being, biodiversity conservation, detailed management plans, and the monitoring and assessment of environmental impacts and Social rights. See all Klabin FSC® certifications on the website.
Brazilian certification recognized internationally by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), aimed at sustainable forest management. The certificate attests that the company cultivates eucalyptus and pine in accordance with environmental, social and economic requirements that make up the five Principles set out by CERFLOR. Cerflor’s standards were drafted by the Committee for Special Studies in Forest Management (EEC) and are integrated to the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and Inmetro.
Klabin is the first Brazilian company in the pulp and paper industry to have the Belgian OK Compost certification on its cement sacks, which ensures that the paper bag decomposes completely in up to 12 weeks without risk of environmental contamination.
American Institute of Banking (AIB)
The recognition attests to the processes adopted by Klabin in its Food Packaging Program, which guarantees the integrity of the bags, its sanitary conditions and the health of the consumer. Klabin is the first paper bag packaging company in Latin America to receive an international recommendation from AIB, which has already audited factories in more than 120 countries.
It is one of the most advanced standards used to ensure the origin of paper for food packaging. The certification is based on ISO 22000, complementing it by clearly specifying the necessary prerequisites for the production of packaging that guarantees the health of the final consumer. It determines prerequisites such as the cleaning and organization of the production area, as well as water, air and pest controls necessary for the production of food packaging.
Ensures the quality of paper used for the production of packaging that comes into direct contact with foods.
This defines the most important requirements for establishing and operating an Environmental Management System within a company. The standard is recognized worldwide as a means of improving environmental performance and controlling organization’s costs.
Its guidelines ensure a management model capable of ensuring product uniformity. It encompasses all stages of quality-related processes, from the design to the delivery of the final product.
This systematically monitors and improves the level of health and safety management performance. The application of this standard reflects Klabin’s concern with the physical integrity of its employees and partners.
TPM – Total Productive Maintenance
Created in 2002, Klabin Superar (PKS) is a continuous improvement program that uses the Japanese Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) methodology. The main objectives are to reduce costs, increase productivity, improve quality, streamline product stocks, eliminate labor accidents and value employees.
Klabin is the first company in Brazil from the pulp and paper industry to be awarded the Top Employers seal, a world-renowned human resources certification. Granted by the Top Employers Institute, headquartered in the Netherlands, the certification is based on a strict assessment and audit process. Each year, it emphasizes companies with relevant practices in people management.
— Best practices
A new look at maintenance in Monte Alegre
Application of world-class methodology, with actions focused mainly on processes, people and infrastructure, results in significant improvements to equipment availability.
Overcome. According to the dictionaries, the term means to “prevail, exceed, outperform”. For Klabin, it means operational efficiency. The Programa Klabin Superar (PKS) [Klabin Overcoming Program] has allowed the company to achieve success in actions to continuously improve its processes. In the Monte Alegre Unit in Telêmaco Borba (PR) alone, responsible for the production of over 1 million tons of paper per year, dedicated maintenance work in 2017 led to a 50% reduction in downtime of one of the unit’s main machines, the only one in Brazil that produces liquid packaging board (LPB).
PKS uses Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), a Japanese methodology applied by many companies in Brazil and around the world. The program was implemented at Klabin in 2002, but the maintenance work carried out especially in the last three years has made the Monte Alegre Unit a reference within the company.
“This plant was established in the 1940s and all processes need to constantly evolve. In the past, the maintenance system consisted of fixing what was broken. Today, a preventive attitude prevails”, says the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance Planning, Luiz Francisco Almeida.
The company uses various types of tools to map the opportunities for improvement before a problem occurs. For example, using smart wireless sensors, the operation and maintenance areas are able to use a mobile phone to monitor the condition of equipment, which provides greater autonomy and simplifies the process. Another initiative implemented in recent years was prioritizing preventive maintenance at the two major machines used at the plant, which together account for about 70% of the unit’s production volume. “None of this would be possible if we failed to care for people, providing training and helping them acquire a different attitude. This maintenance model requires a new outlook on daily activities”, says Luiz Francisco.
>> IN THE PAST, THE MAINTENANCE SYSTEM CONSISTED OF FIXING WHAT WAS BROKEN. TODAY, A PREVENTIVE ATTITUDE PREVAILS <<
Operator Giomar Xavier de França has worked directly with the LPB production machine at the Klabin Monte Alegre Unit for over 10 years, and recalls how his routine is now focused on prevention: “The important thing is to keep the machine in safe working conditions and monitor the performance, quality and availability indicators. This entails daily management and involves everybody. We are trained to identify problems and the level of criticality, to determine whether the solution must involve scheduled maintenance or if it is urgent. Maintenance and operation teams are well integrated”.
The Monte Alegre plant has about 35,000 pieces of equipment installed, 12,000 of which are considered critical. “Maintenance is not able to take care of everything for all pieces of equipment. The methodology helps us identify what is important and critical in order to better apply the best maintenance actions”, adds Luiz Francisco. Luiz points out that maintenance has already taken the next steps to keep up with the changing technologies towards an industry 4.0 company. For example, he says that studies have been carried out on the use of connected cloud data, feasibility analysis of diagnoses that can identify flaws up to 30 days in advance, and the acquisition of augmented reality equipment.