Sonae Indústria is a company which manages different businesses in the areas of wood based panels, laminates and decorative products for application in the construction and interior design industries.
Founded in 1959, in Portugal, as part of SONAE Group, Sonae Indústria quickly became one of the largest manufacturers of wood-based panels. During the 80s and 90s, the company has undergone an expansion process becoming one of the industry leaders with industrial units in almost every continent.
Between 2008 and 2015, further to the global context of economic and financial crisis, Sonae Indústria went through a restructuring process which led to a significant reduction of the installed production capacity through the sale and shutdown of several plants which culminated in the current perimeter with industrial units in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Canada and South Africa.
In May 2016, Sonae Indústria completed a partnership with Inversiones Arauco Internacional, a company with headquarters in Chile and one of the largest producers of forest resources.
Partnership with Arauco
Sonae Arauco is the company resulting from the combination of two solid, renowned and well-established companies. Following this strategic partnership in which Sonae Indústria holds a shareholding of 50%, Sonae Arauco has the activity of wood based panels in Europe and South Africa, along with the chemicals and paper impregnation activities.
Sonae Indústria retained the full ownership of the wood-based panels business in North America, operated by Tafisa Canada, of the Laminates business and some real estate assets in Europe.
Together, Sonae Indústria and Sonae Arauco have an installed production capacity of circa 4.8 million cubic meters, with world-class assets and state-of-the-art technology.
Sonae Indústria is present in North America through its subsidiary Tafisa Canada. The plant is located in Lac-Mégantic, in the Province of Québec, Canada and it is the largest particleboard and melamine production plant in North America and one of the largest in the world. The plant has an annual PB (Particleboard) production capacity of 910,000m3, which represents an equivalent to 45,000 panels produced per day. Over the past 20 years, the company has invested more than 400 million Canadian dollars to ensure continuous process improvements, making it the most modern particleboard production facility in North America.
Tafisa is a renowned leader in terms of design, which is achieved through a dynamic development process influenced by the market trends and adapted to the North American taste. Products are constantly being renewed, as proved by the 14 decorative products collections launched since 1992. In the beginning of 2016, the company invested on a new production line with Embossed In-Register (EIR) capabilities – an industry first. Production started in June 2016, with capacity to produce 2 sizes, 2 sided embossed and in-register texture.
In 2018, Tafisa presented a unique offer of perfect matching laminates for the North American decorative MFC collection, with HPL (High Pressure Laminates) boards supplied by our plant in Portugal under a new brand SURFORMA®. It is a complete range of laminates harmonised to Tafisa's Prelude and Sommet series of decorative panels.
Sonae Indústria laminates business goes back to 1959, the year of Sonae’s foundation. The industrial activity started with the production of high-pressure decorative laminates, an activity kept alive by Sonae Indústria at its laminates production facility located in Maia, Portugal.
Laminates are designed for general use in very demanding situations of wear and impact. They are an excellent alternative to solid wood and other applications. The launch of Innovus collection in partnership with Sonae Arauco represented a unique concept under one catalogue with an updated set of decors including compacts, HPL, CPL and worktops.
In 2018, with the purpose of creating its own identity and setting the pace in the production and distribution of laminates and compacts, Sonae Indústria launched SURFORMA®, a global brand for furniture, construction and interior design industries. SURFORMA® provides solutions which include the use of high-quality materials and a unique design combining functionality with flexibility, tradition with innovation. To learn more about the brand click here.
SURFORMA® has been growing and asserting itself in European and North American markets, with the company being present regularly on the most relevant international trade shows of the sector.