Brazilian Entrepreneur Flavio Maluf Receives Credit for the Growth of Eucatex Group

Flavio Maluf is an alumnus of the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and another degree in business administration from the renowned New York University. After receiving his degree in business administration, Mr. Maluf secured a position at Citibank where he worked until he relocated to Brazil.

After settling in Brazil, Mr. Maluf decided to join the family business, Eucatex. Eucatex was founded in 1951 but started operating in 1954 by producing and selling insulating materials and ceiling lining from eucalyptus fiber. Flavio started working in the trade department of the company and later moved to the industrial area. He was then entrusted with a major task when he was approved to be a member of the frame executive. A year later he was appointed the president of the company with the responsibility of overseeing overall company operations and providing direction for employee activities.

Eucatex was initially established as a sheet metal factory in Salto. The company has rapidly grown to meet the needs of furniture manufacturers as well as large construction companies. Though the Group is traditionally known as a manufacturer of wood-related products, it has increased its capacity to produce paint and varnishes, vermiculite-related products and galvanized steel roofing sheets.

Flavio Maluf has focused on the use of technology to produce top-quality products. He has inaugurated several high-tech facilities that have enabled Eucatex to produce its wide variety of products. The company currently has four modern facilities located in Salto and Botucatu. Apart from the facilities, Eucatex has a wood recycling line that uses wood residue to generate energy. The company is always attentive on environmental conservation, and this is the reason Eucatex invested in the plant to reuse wood residue hence reduce pollution to the environment.

The Group is ISO 14001 certified implying that Eucatex adheres to strict standards to promote environmental protection. The certificate was created to control residues and avoid pollution, therefore, establishing a responsible relationship between the business and the environment. The company also holds the ISO 9001 certificate which acknowledges companies that continuously improve their products and services to satisfy customer requirements. Besides these certificates, Eucatex has received other awards that recognize its efforts in producing safe products that cause little or zero environmental hazards.