Investment of more than 100 Mio. Euros in the AGEPAN® SYSTEM

Investment in our industrial unit in Meppen, Emsland. A new production line for wood fibre insulation materials is to be built here, which will expand the portfolio to include flex insulation, pressure-resistant wood fibre insulation boards and blow-in insulation.


Aserraderos de Cuéllar celebrates 22 years

Our industrial unit in Cuéllar, Spain, has celebrates 22 years since it started its activity.


Sonae Arauco launches its first photovoltaic panels project, in Linares

Sonae Arauco has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Sidenhol, an Enhol Group subsidiary, to install photovoltaic panels at the Linares industrial unit. The agreement has a duration of ten years and intends to supply energy from photovoltaic panels to this unit.


Innovus® launches a new collection

The new Innovus® Collection - Matching our nature was designed to bring meaningful experiences to our lives. Considering the challenges of the future and the growing need to (re)connect with (our) nature, Innovus® goes back to our roots and reminds us of the importance of having authentic and sustainable designs that fuel a sense of wellbeing.


Sonae Arauco subscribes first funding linked to sustainability performance

The funding, totalling 184 million euros, extends until 2027 and considers two ESG performance indicators: greater incorporation of recycled wood and reduction of work accidents. The operation was led by CaixaBank, which coordinated the financing


New PB production line in Beeskow

Sonae Arauco inaugurated a state-of-the-art particleboard line at the Beeskow plant, in a public event, with the presence of Minister-President Dietmar Woidke, District Administrator Rolf Lindemann, the Member of the Bundestag Mathias Papendieck and the First Deputy Mayor Kerstin Bartelt. The investment in the new line amounts to over 50 million euros and is part of the Beeskow 50+ project, which refers to both the investment and the site´s more than 50 years of existence.


Green Product Award

Sonae Arauco’s Innovus decorative product range won in the Interior & Lifestyle category. This is one of the most recognised international competitions in sustainable design. With the incorporation of recycled wood as raw material and its high-tech surface, Innovus® solutions combine aesthetic credentials, technical performance and environmental sustainability.


Opening of a new distribution centre for the NEE region

With the aim of providing an even more differentiated service to our customers, a distribution centre for the NEE region was inaugurated. This DC enables us to meet additional service requirements efficiently and cost-effectively.


Launch of Innovus® brand in the South African market

Launch of Innovus® brand in the South African market

Innovus® brand was launched in South Africa in May 2021, during an online digital launch. This moment allowed the South African market to leverage a global position.


Iconic Awards

The Cosmos matte and three-dimensional finish of the Innovus®collection was chosen by the judges of the German Design Council as the winner of the ICONIC AWARDS 2021, in the Innovative Interior category.


German Design Award

The particularly impressive combination with the decorative Feel Light Grey, inspired by textile felt, also won in the Excellent Product Design and Elements category of the German Design Award.


Launch of Sonae Arauco’s pioneer forest R&D project

In 2020, Sonae Arauco launched a Research & Development project aimed at helping forest producers significantly increase their production in order to enhance forest investment, thus contributing to reversing the falling trend of pine areas in Portugal.


Valladolid College of Architects distinguishes Sonae Arauco’s building with the DOCOMOMO Award

The Valladolid College of Architects (COAVA) has given the DOCOMOMO plaque to the building of Sonae Arauco’s industrial unit in Valladolid, as a recognition for its patrimonial value.


New state-of-the-art production line in South Africa

Sonae Arauco invested to upgrade the White River factory. This upgrade included installing a state-of-the-art Dieffenbacher Melamine Press – the first of its kind on the African continent.


Sonae Arauco joins FSC® International

Sonae Arauco joins FSC® International


Best Digital Transformation Enterprise

The Best Digital Transformation Enterprise award, at the European Digital Mindset Awards, distinguished the company for the way it evolved from a traditional business model into a digital one.


High Product Quality Award

3DF -Three Dimensional Fibreboard®awarded the “High Product Quality – intelligent material & design” prize, upon its launch, at Interzum, a prize that given for the innovative, functional and design aspects of the product. 


Sonae Arauco is born

Sonae Indústria enters into a joint venture with South American forestry company, Arauco, resulting in Sonae Arauco, being equally owned by the partners. The partnership encompasses the wood-based panels’ operations and related activities in Europe and South Africa, namely all production facilities of wood-based panels, chemicals and impregnated paper.


Introduction of the Innovus® brand

Launch of the new Innovus® brand – Sonae Indústria´s brand of decorative products that offers versatile and contemporary solutions for interior spaces.


New Partnership and acquisitions in Germany and France

Partnership with Tarkett (Germany) – 2005. Purchase of Hornitex (Germany) and Darbo (France) – 2006.


Sonae Indústria arrived in South Africa

Purchase of Sappi Novobord in South Africa. At the same time, Sonae Indústria began an ambitious diversification programme of its product range and modernisation of its technical assets, making major investments in France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada.


Acquisition of Glunz and Isoroy

Purchase of Glunz (Germany) and Isoroy (France).


Purchase of Tafisa

Purchase of Tafisa in Canada, which is today one of the biggest particleboard factories in the world, plus new factories in Brazil (for particleboard and MDF panels) and in South Africa (particleboard).


Internationalisation of Sonae Indústria

Sonae Indústria was the leader in the particleboard sector in Portugal and began its process of internationalisation and expansion through the acquisition of a particleboard company in the United Kingdom.


Expansion of Sonae Indústria

The expansion and diversification of Sonae Indústria began in 1971, upon taking over Novopan, a particleboard factory located near Porto. At the same time, the first melamine coating line in Portugal was installed and production of components for the furniture and interior design industries began.



LAMINITE was launched on the market and is today known worldwide as the Sonae Indústria decorative laminate.


Foundation of Sonae

SONAE was founded in Maia, where it has its head office, with the purpose of producing decorative high pressure laminates.

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