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Site visit to The Navigator Company's Mill in Setubal Industrial Complex

Day 0, 15th May, 10:00 - 12:00

Paper production



Paper cutting – cut-sizes and folio

Shipping – truck & container loading bay

The Navigator Company

The Navigator Company is the new face of the former Portucel Soporcel group, after its rebranding in 2016.

The Navigator Company is Portugal’s third leading exporter, and the exporter generating the highest level of national value added. The Group accounts for approximately 1% of Portugal's GDP, around 3% of the country's total exports of goods, close to 8% of all containerized cargo and 7% of all containerized and conventional cargo exported through Portuguese ports.

In 2017, the Company’s annual turnover stood at 1.637 million euros, sustained essentially by strong performance in sales of pulp, power and tissue.

Having consolidated its position as the leading European manufacturer, and the fourth largest in the world, of uncoated woodfree (UWF) printing and writing paper, The Navigator Company is also Europe's top producer of BEKP (Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp), the fifth largest in the world. In tissue business, the sales volume was up by 9% in relation to 2016.

The Navigator 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 segment.
The Navigator Company sells its products to 130 countries over five continents, with a special focus on Europe and the US, giving it the broadest export base of any Portuguese company.

As a vertically integrated forestry Company with its own forestry research institute RAIZ, 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 annual production capacity for 1.6 million tons of paper, 1.4 million tons of pulp (of which 1.1 million is integrated into paper), 63 thousand tons of tissue paper and power generation of 2.5 TWh, adding up to annual turnover of approximately 1.6 billion euros.

The Navigator Company operates one of Europe’s largest nurseries for forestry plants, with annual production capacity of approximately 12 million certified plants of various species, destined for use in renewing Portugal’s woodlands.

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