As an industry leader clearly committed to sustainability and recycling, FPC Papeles is dedicated to reusing raw materials. However, to ensure output of the highest quality, the company must face the challenge of working with a wide variation in the properties of incoming fibers, which they acquire from 27 cities and five customers.
“All papermakers know that variation in raw materials significantly affects process stability and product quality,” explained FPC’s Technical Director, Eduardo Izquierdo. “To overcome this, we sought a way of adapting our processes to the naturally variable incoming fibers to both stabilize quality and reduce costs.”
Ultimately, they looked to refine incoming fiber only as much as necessary to achieve consistency in
a cost-effective way without compromising quality. This is sometimes referred to as fiber-to-fiber (F2FR) refining.
“Starting in 2017, we became laser focused on finding the perfect balance in refining,” said Izquierdo.
“Thus began our quest to implement an F2FR strategy.”