Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. (ARAUCO) is one of the major forestry companies in Latin America. It provides employment for 40,000 people, through its industrial operations in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Canada; in addition to its network of sales offices around the world.
Financial Figures (2014)
· Sales: US$ 5,329 million
· Ebitda: US$ 1,272 million
· Profit: US$ 437 million
Five Business Areas
Forestry: ARAUCO’s forest land is distributed throughout Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay with 1.6 million hectares of forest plantations, 394,000 hectares of native forest and 182,000 hectares assigned for other purposes.
Woodpulp: Annual production capacity of 3.3 million tons of bleached and unbleached market kraft pulp.
Timber: A total annual production capacity of 2.9 million m3 in Chile and Argentina and 710,000 m3 of plywood.
Panels: Production capacity of 5.9 million m3/year in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Canada.
Bioenergy: In Chile, ARAUCO provides electric energy for its industrial operations through its cogeneration power plants, with an installed capacity of 606 MW, of which 209 MW are sold to Chile’s energy grid, the Central Interconnected System (SIC in Spanish).
In addition, ARAUCO has two cogeneration power plants in Argentina with an installed capacity of 78 MW, which supply electric and thermal energy to its production facilties in Piray and Esperanza.
Our corporate policy considers transparent, long term relations with neighbors, emphasizing dialog and participation; forestry biomass based electric energy generation; designation of high conservation value areas; a commitment to public education through Arauco Educational Foundation; and permanent application of the best technology available in the industry, among other aspects.
Carbon Credits: ARAUCO furthers the production of biomass based, renewable, carbon neutral energy as a measure to reduce global warming. ARAUCO owns five cogeneration power plants in Chile that have been registered as Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, allowing the company to offset about 650,000 tons of CO2e.
In late 2012, a sixth emissions reduction project was registered. The Punta Pereira biomass based power plant is located in Uruguay, and will allow the company to increase its annual GHG emissions offset to about 700,000 tons.
Conservation: ARAUCO owns 394,000 hectares of native forest which are protected and conserved for present and future generations. The company conducts conservation, preservation and research in more than 124,000 hectares of land in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. In Chile, there are 59,561 hectares classified as High Conservation Value Areas which are rich in biodiversity and social and cultural attributes.
Education: ARAUCO has been contributing to education for more than 30 years.
1. ARAUCO manages three schools: Colegio Constitución, Colegio Cholguán and Colegio Arauco. All three establishments have achieved outstanding results, ranking among the nation’s best.
2. Through Arauco Educational Foundation, established in 1989, the company contributes to the improvement of municipal education. For more than 20 years the Foundation has benefited 575 schools, 5,052 teachers and more than 94,700 students.