The Navigator Company

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The Navigator Company,[1] S.A.
Sociedade Anónima
Traded as EuronextNVG
Industry Pulp and paper
Founded 2001 (2001)
Headquarters Setúbal, Portugal[2][3]
Key people
Diogo da Silveira (CEO), Pedro Mendonça de Queiroz Pereira (Chairman)
Products newsprint and writing paper; bleached kraft pulp; biomass; timber
Revenue 1.501 billion (2012)[4]
€ 286.2 million (2012)[4]
€ 211.2 million (2012)[4]
Total assets € 2.724 billion (2012)[5]
Total equity € 1.480 billion (2012)[5]
Number of employees
2,278 (June 2012)[6]
Parent Semapa

The Navigator Company (formerly known as Portucel Soporcel Group) is a Portuguese pulp and paper company.

The Navigator Company has a productive capacity of 1.6 million tonnes of paper and 1.4 million tonnes of pulp,[7] with 1,380 km2 of forest, and an annual turnover of over €1.5 billion (US$1.9 billion). The company uses eucalyptus as the prime raw material for the production of pulp and fine printing and writing paper. Portucel is Europe's largest producer of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp.[8] It is also one of the five largest European producers of uncoated wood-free paper.

Publicly traded on Euronext Lisbon, Portucel is controlled by the industrial conglomerate Semapa which owns almost 77% of its shares.

As part of the significant investment in the expansion and internationalization of its production activities, the “Portucel Soporcel Group” has taken the decision to change its corporate brand to “The Navigator Company”.


The company has its origins in the early 1950s, when the paper mill of Cacia, Baixo Vouga, started its operations. After the Carnation Revolution in 1974, the Portuguese paper industry was nationalized and became highly subsidized by State funds. Portucel Soporcel remained well after the privatization of the company to Semapa in 2004, as one of the largest beneficiaries of state business grants and incentives due to its strategic interest for both Portugal's exportation and local eucalyptus economies.[9]


Portucel's factory in Setúbal, Portugal

Portucel began operations at the Cacia mill in 1953 producing raw pine pulp, and became a pioneer worldwide in 1957 when it introduced sulphate bleached eucalyptus pulp, at the kraft process, into its production.

In 1967, at the Setúbal mill, Inapa began its operations in a production unit integrated with Portucel, transforming pulp into paper that was sold throughout Europe.

Portucel bought Papéis Inapa in 2000, thus creating a strategic partnership of great importance in initiating the restructuring process of the pulp and the paper sector in Portugal. With the takeover of Soporcel in 2001, Portucel rebranded itself the Portucel Soporcel Group.


The Soporcel factory in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, was initially intended to be built in the Portuguese territory of Angola, by then an overseas province of Portugal. Due to the Carnation Revolution in Lisbon on 25 April 1974, the project which included both forestation and construction of industrial facilities in Angola, was delayed and changed. The factory would be installed some years later, in Portugal. Although it began operations in 1984 with the inauguration of the mill at Figueira da Foz, Soporcel had been constituted five years earlier. The first paper machine (PM I) began working in the year 1991, and currently has a capacity of 350,000 tonnes/year.

The installation of the second paper machine (PM II – 425,000 tonnes/year), representing the most advanced technology in the sector, reinforced the position held by the Figueira da Foz mill in the European segment of the uncoated woodfree paper market.

Soporcel was acquired by Portucel in 2001, creating the Portucel Soporcel Group.


The group's production structure is based at three mills, situated at Setúbal, Figueira da Foz, and Cacia.

The brand Navigator is produced by the group. The Portucel Soporcel Group is responsible for woodland assets in Portugal, totaling approximately 120 thousand hectares. This land is managed in accordance with the principles set out in the group's Forestry Policy. The eucalyptus, more specifically the Eucalyptus globulus species, which is considered at world level to provide the ideal fibre for the production of high-quality papers, occupies 74% of this area. Due to this role, it is a well known wine, honey, seeds and specific tree (besides eucalyptus which is its main cultivar) producer. It has a well-equipped private fire department to prevent fires within its forests.

Besides its woodland assets and plants in Portugal, Portucel has developing since 2010 forestation and industrial projects abroad. It studied extensive forestry and industrial investments in Uruguay, Brazil, and Angola, but chose Mozambique for the effect.[10]


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  2. ^ "Grupo Portucel Soporcel - Investor Relations". Grupo Portucel Soporcel. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Grupo Portucel Relatório e Contas 2012 - Contactos" (in Portuguese). Grupo Portucel. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Results for 2012 - Portucel" (PDF). Portucel Soporcel. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Portucel Group Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Portucel Soporcel. Retrieved 8 September 2013. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Interim Report for the 1st Half 2012 : Sociedade Alberta" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Grupo Portucel Soporcel | The Group - Profile". Portucel Soporcel. 24 May 2011. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Khalip, Andrei (28 October 2009). "Portucel's profit falls 38%, gives bleak forecast". Reuters. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Comissão Europeia aprova subsídio para construção de fábrica de papel em Setúbal - PÚBLICO". Economia Publico. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Portucel Elege Mocambique Investimento 23 mil Milhoes" [Portucel Estimates Mozambique Investment at 23 000 Millions]. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. 

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