The annual shutdown of Klabin S.A. Monte Alegre paper mill in Brazil was successfully completed by Valmet. The companies have an existing agreement for full annual shutdown services.

The agreement covered the entire shutdown project from planning and execution to a safe startup. The shutdown, which took place April 24 to May 5, included close to 500 employees from Valmet and its subcontractors.

 "During the 10 days of shutdown we made everything we could to ensure smooth operation for our customer's machines to run 24/7 for the rest of the year," said Rodolpho Quadros, Valmet field service engineer.

Klabin S.A., reportedly the largest paper producer and exporter in Brazil, produces packaging paper and board, corrugated packaging and industrial bags. The company has 15 industrial plants in Brazil and one in Argentina.