Eldorado Brasil gathers 160 eucalyptus farming forestry partners to tour new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul; company expects by end-2013 to have about 160,000 hectares of planted eucalyptus forest, enough to supply first pulp line

LOS ANGELES , July 16, 2013 () – Brazil’s Eldorado Celulose e Papel on July 16 gathered some 160 of its forestry partners at a meeting at the company’s new bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul.

The participants were farmers who rent land for planting eucalyptus, according to an Eldorado Brasil press release available only in Portuguese.

Hosted by Eldorado Brasil President José Carlos Grubisich and forestry director Germano Vieira, the meeting featured speeches by the President of the Advisory Board of J&F Participaçoes SA Henrique Meirelles, and Mato Grosso do Sul’s Secretary of Agrarian Development, Production, Industry, Commerce and Tourism Tereza Cristina Correa da Costa Dias.

At the company’s first meeting with forest partners since the startup late last year of the 1.5 million tonnes/year mill, Grubisich said Eldorado Brasil wanted to show it in full operation to the farmers to demonstrate the size of the business.

Eldorado Brasil has expanded its partnership basis for growing eucalyptus forests: currently, about 70% to 80% of forests are planted on leased land, the release stated.

By the end of 2013, Eldorado Brasil will have about 160,000 hectares of planted eucalyptus forests, enough to supply the current line. The company also plans further pulp capacity expansions.

The Eldorado Brasil operation started up in November 2012, as reported earlier by IndustryIntel. The company has 2,800 employees and manages the entire supply chain, with its own forests and certified, integrated logistics and distribution network, strategically located in the major consumer markets, its press release stated.

The primary sources of this article are a press release translated from Portuguese on July 16, 2013, from Eldorado Brazil and IndustryIntel archives.

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