The Navigator Company

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  • Lavos
  • 3081-851 Figueira da Foz
  • Portugal


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About The Navigator Company

The Navigator Company is the new corporate brand, inheriting the legacy of the former Portucel Soporcel group as of February 2016.

The Navigator Company is Portugal’s third leading exporter, generating the highest National Value Added.

The company accounts for approximately 1% of Portugal's GDP, around 3% of the country's total exports of goods, nearly 8% of all containerized cargo and 7% of all containerized and conventional cargo exported through Portuguese ports.

During 2015, the company reached a new record high of paper production and increased its revenue by 5.6% to more than € 1.6 billion.

The leading European manufacturer and the sixth largest in the world, of uncoated woodfree (UWF) printing and writing paper, the Navigator Company is also Europe's top producer, and the fifth largest in the world, of BEKP- Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp.

The company has successfully pursued a strategy of innovation and development of its own brands, which today account for 62% of sales of manufactured products. Special mention should be made of the Navigator brand, the world’s best-selling product in the premium office paper market.

Very recently, during the fourth quarter of 2016, Navigator premium office paper brand has been considered by the consumers as the number one brand in the European market (Opticom International Research AB).

In tissue business, the completion and successful start-up in September of the second reel production machine was a significant milestone, and allowed to double annual production capacity from 30,000 to 60,000 tons.

The increase in quantities sold, combined with some improvement in the average sales price, resulted in growth of 9% in tissue sales, which stood at € 55.8 million.

The Navigator Company sells its products to 130 countries over five continents, with its prime markets in Europe and the United States, making it the Portuguese company with the broadest international sales base.

It is a vertically-integrated forestry group, with its own forestry research institute, and the world leader in the genetic improvement of the Eucalyptus globulus. It manages vast tracts of forest in Portugal certified under the FSC® and PEFC™ systems (FSC® license C010852 and PEFC™ license 13-23-001), and boasts an annual production capacity of 1.6 million tons of paper, 1.4 million tons of pulp (of which 1.1 million is integrated into paper) and an annual power generation of 2.5 TWh, reaching an annual revenue of approximately 1.5 billion euros.

The Navigator Company operates the largest nurseries of forestry plants in Europe, with an annual production capacity of approximately 12 million certified plants of various species, intended for the renewal of Portugal’s woodlands.

As part of its strategy of international expansion, the company has recently purchased AMS, a tissue paper manufacturer, and it is developing a major vertically-integrated forestry project in Mozambique, as well as a pellets factory in the USA.

Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Paperworld 2017

28.01.2017 - 31.01.2017 Hall: 3.0 Stand: D 14