CENIBRA sets new Pulp output record

CENIBRA coped with pandemic challenges and posted an all-time high output

Located in Belo Oriente, state of Minas Gerais, CENIBRA (Celulose Nipo-Brasileira S.A.) set a new annual production record in 2020, as reported by the Company’s Industrial and Forestry Director, Júlio César Tôrres Ribeiro.

“We ended 2020 with an output of 1,273,282 metric tons, which is 50,394 mt beyond the budget for the year, and set a new annual production record. The fact that there was no General Maintenance Stoppage in 2020 helped boost this all-time high tonnage. Nevertheless, even if we deducted a hypothetical output corresponding to such stoppage duration, we would still have outstripped the previous record by more than 13,000 tons,” Ribeiro explained.

More important than the record itself was the dedication and engagement of employees and service providers who, supported by a rigorous Covid-19 prevention protocol, kept a stable production over the year despite all the challenges posed by the pandemic.

According to Ribeiro, the pandemic-related measures provided suitable working conditions and the production was never halted. “Our success in preventing, controlling, and mitigating the pandemic impacts was the result of a great jog with a focus on the human being. Since the beginning, CENIBRA provided employees, their families, and business partners with accurate information, appropriate devices, and professional assistance. The outcome was a full-steam operation and high productivity,” he pointed out.

Highlights in this process were the adoption of a home-office work arrangement for a large part of our administrative personnel, without impairing the quality and/or rapidity in task execution, and the challenging adaptation of our forestry operations to the new scenario.

Continuous investment in the modernization of our Factory and forestry operations to eliminate existing bottlenecks was another important factor in achieving optimum performance during the whole year.


Founded on September 13, 1973 in eastern Minas Gerais, CENIBRA operates in 54 municipalities and owns more than 250,000 hectares of land, of which 51% are allocated to eucalyptus plantation, 41% are native forests and Permanent Preservation Areas, and the remaining 8% are occupied by infrastructure and other uses. CENIBRA’s forest stewardship practice enhances environmental preservation and promotes the responsible use of natural resources.

A reputable player in both domestic and international markets, CENIBRA is a benchmark in balancing the production of high-quality bleached hardwood pulp, natural resource conservation, human being appreciation, and economic development. The Company’s controlling interest is in the hands of Japan Brazil Paper and Pulp Resources Development Co., Ltd. (JBP), a group of Japanese companies with vast experience and exceptional interaction with Brazil.

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