Starting a completely new, state-of-the-art pulp mill doesn't happen overnight; the ramp-up phase takes at least six months. The Montes del Plata mill in Uruguay has now been running for a year, and daily operating rates are on target level.
The mill is producing around 3700 tonnes of pulp daily, and on many days has reached a production rate of well above 4000 tonnes. Importantly, the feedback from customers on service level for technical support, sales process coordination and reliability of the supply chain is very encouraging.
Montes del Plata employees have been working continuously in enhancing the product quality of the pulp to meet customer need. The strength properties are improving all the time. It is normal that reaching quality stability takes some time when the mill is new. Despite this, the entire production of the mill is sold, which was a huge effort and success for the sales team.
Montes del Plata is a joint operation between Stora Enso and the Chilean company Arauco. It was inaugurated in autumn 2014, and is an important growth generator for Stora Enso. The mill has also strongly contributed to Uruguay's GDP growth: last year, the GDP of Uruguay increased by four percent, which was due to a large part to Montes del Plata. On top of that, Montes del Plata has developed the region economically by creating direct and indirect employment.