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Eucatex is a Successful Brazilian Company in the Construction and Furniture Markets

The Brazilian company Eucatex got its start in 1951. The first factory began operating in 1954 in Salto, Sao Paulo, making panels. Its focus was on using eucalyptus wood fibers to make insulating liners. It supplies the construction and furniture industries.

The Salto location is a complex of factories making plates, varnishes and paints. Another factory is located in Botucatu, making panels and flooring. In 2010 they opened a new factory in Salto to make T-HDF and MDF.

T-HDF stands for Thin High Density Fiberboard. MDF means Medium Density Fiberboard.

They believe in sustainability, so they also have a division which runs a seedling nursery, to replenish the supply of trees they use. They own 44,000 hectares of forestland in Sao Paulo. They have the certifications ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 showing they conform to the highest standards of sustainability. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) awarded them with its Green Seal. This means Eucatex manages its forests according to the best ecological and social standards. Eucatex produced the first industrial scale wood recycling line in South America.

Now Eucatex Group is run by the Maluf family, with Flavio Maluf as its president. He was born in 1961,the son of politician Paulo Maluf. He graduated from FAAP as a mechanical engineer. He is also president of group GrandFood as Flavio’s LInkedIn credits. That company owns the brands of pet food Premier Pet and Golden, but is primarily an agribusiness company. It relies on sugar cane and eucalyptus. Its position in agriculture and foresty fits in with Eucatex, a major user of wood.  Flavio Maluf’s bio has even further information.

Maluf writes articles on various aspects of the business world and posts them online. He has analyzed the merger of Pfizer and Allergan, the purchase of Jarden by Newell Rubbermaid and the merger of Dow Chemical and Dupont. He wrote an article about his favorite movies about investing and Wall Street, such as the films by Oliver Stone.

Eucatex has a line of products for the construction industry:

One Eucatex line of products is Eucafloor, laminate flooring, with the brand Eucafloor Evidence.

They produce Divilux partitions of 35 millimeters.

They sell four lines of doors: Eucaplac, Eucadur, formidur BP and Base Painting. And they have many paints, acrylic paints and waterproofing.

 

Bank Director Marcio Alaor Believes Brazil Is A Good Investment Choice In 2016

 

Hedge fund investors like to invest in cheaper than dirt assets like some of the Brazilian companies that have been battling a recession. Brazil’s stock market is down 25 percent and the country’s currency, the real, is the lowest its been against the U.S. dollar in ten years. Those facts interest the risk takers. The risk takers are investors that are willing to wait for a turnaround. When that turnaround comes, those investors enjoy a big payday, according to Vice-President and Director of the BMG Bank Marcio Alaor. Alaor thinks smaller investors should invest in Brazil in 2016. A new Endeavor Index just listed the top five cities for business investments and more than 30 other cities on the list. All of them are good candidates for business expansion.

The five top cities that have the infrastructure, the people, the creativity and the capital to make investors’ money are São Paulo, Campinas, Victory, Recife, and Florianopolis. Other cities like Rio, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Belem, and Fortaleza are also mention by Endeavor. Endeavor is an organization that supports entrepreneurs and business opportunities. Marcio Alaor spoke about Endeavor and the investment opportunities that exist in Brazil recently, and the feedback he received was positive. Alaor thinks now is the time to invest in Brazil. The government is on the verge of announcing a $15 billion capital injection into the economy.

Alaor also said the impeachment talk is fading. Rousseff will continue to try to get the economy moving again. Even though the country is in a deep recession not all the cities in Brazil are in recession mode. Business in cities like Florianopolis and Belo Horizonte has never been better. Alaor knows a lot about the economy in those two cities. Alaor grew up in Belo Horizonte, and BMG Bank was headquartered in the state on Minas Gerais for more than 80 years. Marcio has helped businesses in his hometown as well as businesses in Florianopolis for years.

Marcio Alaor is a well-known banking figure. He was instrumental in creating a payroll loan business for BMG Bank, and he has handled mergers with other banks. Alaor was a key player in the decision to invest in a new bank with the fifth largest bank, Itau, in order to handle the volume of loan requests the bank receives from consumers.

Many economists say the global economy is going to take a beating in 2016. But Brazil is doing its part to get their economy on track again, and it looks like the Summer Olympics will help that cause.