Voith Paper will continue to grow in Latin America says its President for the region, Mr Hjalmar Fugmann

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The ABTCP Congress and Expo was held last week in Sao Paulo. PaperFIRST was there and had the opportunity to interview Mr Hjalmar Fugmann, the young President of Voith Paper for South America.

Post-graduated from the renown Brazilian think tank and research centre FGV, Mr Fugmann joined the Voith group in 2016 as a financial controller. In 2017 he succeeded to Flavio Silva to take charge of the operations of the paper division in South America. When questioned about the business trend, it seems that it is looking good, with a better forecast than 2018 however with aggressive targets to accomplish and hard work ahead. More engineering staff has been hired and the production facilities in Brazil have been expanded. As a matter of fact, the world largest steel cylinder is currently being manufactured in the Brazilian plant. A masterpiece piece of 7.315m diameter and 180 tons that will be delivered to a client in Germany next January. Besides, the roll cover facility, opened 18 months ago in Chile, allows to offer a better service to papermakers in the western part of the region.

According to Mr Fugmann, the recession in Brazil did not help obviously, but pulp and paper is the first industry to recover. Despite this economic and political crisis, Voith kept on investing in innovation. In that respect, the pilot plant within the Voith Innovation Centre in Sao Paulo is definitely a key element to stay ahead of the customers’ needs.

Digitalization, augmented reality or holograms are some of the topics on which the industry is expecting a supplier like Voith to propose solutions. Hjalmar Fugmann strongly believes that the efforts being made in that field by the company should pay off and make a difference on a regional market that shows an average age of machinery older than in Europe or Asia. In the Voith innovation centre, in Sao Paulo, about 100 engineers work closely with their colleagues in Germany “to imagine the digital tools of tomorrow that could make the customers’ life easier” as stated by Mr Fugmann.

When talking about the prospects Mr Fugmann wants to be confident, mentioning the announcement of some big investments made by Klabin, Fibria/Suzano, and Eldorado.

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