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Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Plans New Tissue Mill in Guatemala

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To be able to meet the growing demand in the different markets of the Latin-American area and pursue a regional growth plan, the Grand Bay Paper and Care Products Group has stipulated an agreement regarding the installation of a new paper mill for the production of soft papers (toilet rolls, table napkins, facial tissue, kitchen towels) with the Italian company Recard.

This new investment will be set up in Guatemala, in Central America, through the branch company Papelera Internacional S.A., and will constitute the basis for the expansion of the activities in the region of Central America and the Caribbean.

The new machine, whose startup is scheduled for mid-October 2018, boasts a drying capacity of 120 tons/day and a maximum speed of 2,000 m/min. The machine will run on 100% virgin fiber or 100% secondary fiber. Recard will supply a turnkey service that includes three pulp preparation lines for long fibers, short fibers and broke, approach flow system, related ancillary equipment and complete mechanical and electrical assembly.

"This new order by Painsa," commented Mauro Michelini, general manager, "is a great reason for pride for us because it allows us to work once again with people with whom we have established a great rapport, and this is foundational in order to pursue satisfactory technical results".

The Grand Bay group is a Latin-American consortium with more than 65 years’ experience in the area. Present in the markets of Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region, it carries out its activities directly from the facilities located in Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad, Panama and Guatemala. It specializes in the production and sale of soft papers (toilet rolls, table napkins, facial tissue, kitchen towels), directly serving over 20 countries in Latin-America.

With this new investment, the Grand Bay Group intends improving the service standards available to customers and offering high quality products that meet the increasingly pressing demands of consumers in the region, maintaining its leading position from a technological point of view and with a focus on responsible, efficient and ecosustainable management of the resources.


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