Flavio Maluf is a popular name in Brazil. He being the president of two companies, namely Eucatex and GrandFood, some of the largest companies in the nation. Hard work, education, spirit of learning and great leadership skills have made Maluf who he is today.
Maluf studied at Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the 80s, he moved to New York to further his studies, taking an administration course, at the New York University. Perhaps, in preparation of running a company someday.
In the year 1986, he moved back to Brazil and began working at Eucatex. His first worked in the trade sector of this company, before moving to the industrial department. His hard work made him get noticed, and, within a decade, the family decided to appoint him as the new president. In the year 1997, he became Eucatex president, succeeding his uncle.
Since assuming the role of the president of Eucatex, Maluf has been very instrumental in the growth of the company. He has grown Eucatex, to export in over 37 countries. Also, his leadership has been instrumental in Eucatex being rated as the second best manufacturer and distributer of wood fiber in the foreign market.
Eucatex is the first producer of environmental-friendly and acoustic fiber, in Brazil, utilizing natural Eucalyptus. This family-owned company was founded in the year 1951, but launched their first factory in 1954. This was in Salto in San Paulo state. The company started business, producing ceiling linings and insulating materials that had thermal properties. Then, they would use low-density materials in the manufacture of their products.
Currently, the firm operates two major segments. They have a construction and furniture segment. Their construction segment manufactures and supplies paints, partitions, laminate floors, and doors. On the other hand, the furniture segment produces MDP, Tamburato, and wood fiber plates. They are marked as the largest producer for these furniture products, holding a 16% Brazilian market share for MDP and Tamburato.
Under the leadership of Maluf, the company has expanded to open a new plan in Salto, dealing in the production of T- HDF/MDF. They also, recently, opened another branch in Botucatu City.