Who we are
Sonae Arauco is one of the main producers of wood-based panels in the world. Its mission is to offer wood-based solutions that make people's lives better. Sonae Arauco is committed to promoting innovation, through improving the design and quality of its products for the furniture and interior design sector.
The development of solutions inspired by wood takes into account industrial, functional, quality and design aspects, which allows the products to be transformed into added value solutions with a multitude of application possibilities.
Employees of 25 nationalities
Industrial and Commercial Units in 9 countries
Million euros in turnover
Million m³ production capacity
Vision & Mission
Creating wood solutions for a better life
Our vision is to create wood-based solutions for a better life and planet.
We believe in the value of wood in people’s lives. Our vision is to provide sustainable wood-based solutions that improve modern quality of life. Our aim is to be the wood brand choice of clients, employees, suppliers and communities. Sonae Arauco stands for its purpose of creating wood-based solutions for a better life, a better future and a better planet.
Our mission is to offer wood-based products that improve people’s lives.
We have an industrial soul and we believe in wood-lasting partnerships. We seek excellence and long-term profitability along with our business partners. Our everyday dream is to take our clients’ ambitions further by offering an attractive combination of industrial expertise, functionality, sustainable quality, design and price.
We take wood innovation further to be a leading international company in the sector
PROUD INDUSTRIAL SOUL
With a long-term business vision and a solid growth ambition, we are a company born with strong roots to last through generations. We have the courage to take risks and the financial strength to embrace them as new challenges, knowing that our knowledge and high quality standards will always take us further.
WOOD-BASED LIFE IMPROVEMENT
We take wood innovation further to be a leading international company in the sector. We create sustainable and renewable wood-based solutions for a better life and planet, moving beyond products to offer fit for purpose solutions that improve people’s lives.
We believe in teamwork, safe workplaces, cooperation and long-lasting partnerships. Ethics and transparency are rooted in our business integrity and commitment with our stakeholders. Respecting the environment and the communities around us is part of our nature and at the centre of our priorities.
The expansion and diversification of Sonae Indústria began in 1971, upon taking over Novopan, a particleboard factory located near Porto. At the same time, the first melamine coating line in Portugal was installed and production of components for the furniture and interior design industries began.
The history of two companies inspiring a new future history
Sonae Arauco is the result of a joint venture between two leading world companies in the wood sector: Sonae Indústria and Arauco. This partnership was established in order to create solutions inspired by wood for a sustainable world and encompasses all the wood-based panelling, chemical and impregnated paper plants in Europe and South Africa.
Founded in 1959, Sonae Indústria is a multinational company that produces wood-based panels. Rooted in the north of Portugal, it has sprouted to the world, developing products for the furniture, building and decoration industries that improve people’s standard of living. Using wood as the raw material for everything it produces, from the very start Sonae Indústria has made a point of using the natural resources in a sustainable way and to keep the environmental impact of its activities to a minimum. In 2016, it established a partnership with Arauco, one of the largest forestry product suppliers in the world, giving rise to Sonae Arauco.In addition to this strategic alliance, Sonae Indústria today has the largest particleboard industrial plant in North America, as well as plants for high-pressure laminates and components for furniture in Portugal and Germany.
Founded in 1970 with the mission of producing and managing renewable forestry resources, Arauco is today an international benchmark in terms of forestry and industrial plants, efficiency, production standards, innovation, environmental responsibility and social commitment. Originating in Chile, Arauco’s reach has now spread to over 75 countries. Over almost 50 years, it has increased and enhanced its forestry plantations through permanent research and the application of best global practices in relation to sustainability and conservation of trees, soils and biodiversity of its forested areas for future generations.