Paper mill - Portucel Soporcel group
Most of the forest resources and products obtained from the forests of Portugal are extremely important because of their enriched value in the export market. The major products include cork, paper pulp and wood pulp and paperboard etc. and these products are available as a result of the swift supply of the required raw materials like timber, eucalyptus from the forest cover of Portugal. The leading organization in Portugal which trades in the production and export of pulp and paper is the Portucel Soporcel Group which was formed by the merging of the Portucel and the Soporcel. It is to be remembered at this point that the paper and pulp industry is one of the premier among the industries of Portugal and the extensive and efficient operations of the Portucel Soporcel group has managed to consolidate the position of Portugal as the world’s fifth largest producer of uncoated wood free paper. The company’s profits are soaring high accounting to about 1,000 million euros annually and contribute greatly to the economic development of the country as a whole.
The Portucel Soporcel Group owns a set of three paper mills which function in Cacia, Figueira da Foz and Setubal. One of the reasons being the successful production of this Group is that they possess all the updated technological tools required for production and seasoning and therefore the outputs are of excellent and superior quality and this has earned them enough goodwill in the market. In fact they are well known for their acclaimed usage of eucalyptus as the primary raw material in case of pulp production in order to meet the growing demands in the market. The first mill of the Portucel had begun functioning in Cacia in 1953 and since then there has been no looking back fro the Group which is the biggest forestry owner in Portugal today. They also ensure undertaking of measures to act as prevention against forest fires which harm vegetation in Portugal.