Cikel America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of the FSC-certified Brazilian hardwood flooring manufacturer, has announced a series of moves designed to streamline production and boost capacity for 2011.
close its manufacturing facility in Southern Brazil and transfer the technology
and machinery to its northern facility in Belem, the metropolitan center of
Para State. Its offices and other functions in the south of Brazil will
remain in operation.
The news is
bolstered by Cikel’s disclosure of capital improvements in excess of USD $42
million to the northern facility - including upgrades in finishing
capabilities, infrastructure and machinery - designed to boost capacity and
production by 50% through 2011 and beyond.
major increase in production due largely to the transfer of finishing machinery
in the south to the Belem facility, Cikel says it has plans to “match its new
capabilities by doubling its harvesting efforts in the same year. The transfer
to the northern facility provides additional value by moving the entire manufacturing
process closer to the source, Cikel’s 1.2 million acres of privately-owned and
FSC-managed forests in Brazil.”
adds that the “overhaul in production and transfer to Belem, along with planned
upgrades to the surrounding infrastructure, will enhance logistics for Cikel
with improved access to supply and faster, more direct transportation routes
Cikel to upgrade, overhaul production for 2011
June 16, 2010