Duratex resumes operation in Itapetininga due to market recovery

26 April 2018


The recovery of the Brazilian economy has become evident with the decision of Duratex to resume its Itapetininga operation. In 2015, the largest Brazilian company in the sector decided to temporarily suspend the production of MDF and MDP at this plant due to the slowdown in the construction and furniture sectors.

In view of the increase in sales in the internal and external markets, Duratex decided to re-start production in the group's modern plant, which also has the ability to flexibly alternate the production of MDF and MDP panels.

“Duratex's Madera business unit is strategic for the company. The resumption of Itapetininga shows that we managed to overcome an adverse scenario that has affected the market for three years," said Henrique Marcondes, vice president of the wood business unit.

Itapetininga, located in the interior of São Paulo, will initially operate at around 50% of its production capacity. The total resumption of operations will depend on market demand.

The company prioritised the re-hiring of former employees in this resumption process and about 90% were re-hired.