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Under New Ownership, Idled Pulp Mill Restarts in Argentina

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Logística y Transporte Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, Argentina, has restarted a pulp mill it purchased in Puerto Piray, Argentina, in December 2011, according to a report by Industrial Info Resources (IIR), Sugar Land, Texas, USA. The mill had belonged to Benfide Sociedad Anonima, Misiones, Argentina, which went bankrupt in August 2009 and sold the operations to its employees.

The mill's employees formed a cooperative, Trabajo e Industria de Puerto Piray Ltda, to operate the facility. With financial help from the local government, the cooperative ran the mill for about two years. In mid-2011, market conditions in the country forced the mill to close in September. After several attempts to reopen it, the facility was finally bought in December 2011 by two brothers from Taiwan, the IIR report explains.

IIR further notes that originally started up in 1974, the pulp mill currently operates 20 days per month and shuts down for the last 10 days for maintenance and upgrade work. Company officials stated that they want to invest some $3.7 million to double the mill's production capacity from 80 metric tpd to 150 metric tpd. This expansion project includes the replacement, addition, and modifications of equipment such as burners, pumps, motors, drives, washer tanks, etc., and is expected to begin around the middle of this year. Approximately 55 people work at the facility.


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