Flavio Maluf is a well-known entrepreneur and mechanical engineer. As the chief executive officer of Eucatex, he serves as a role model to every budding entrepreneur both in Brazil and internationally. His life is an illustration that nothing is impossible with hard work.
His academic background
Mr. Maluf attended the Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) in Sao Paulo. He graduated successfully with a degree in mechanical engineering. Maluf left Brazil and traveled abroad to the United States in search of a job and also for further education. He enrolled in New York University where he studied business administration.
After completing the business course, he worked shortly in the United States before moving back to Brazil. In 1987, he was hired by the Eucatex Group. He worked in the trade department of the company for a few years before moving to the industrial department. His uncle who was by then the chair of the company invited him to join the board of executives.
After his invitation to the company’s board of executives, he continued to explore his potential and helped the company yield good results. The group’s management recognized his efforts and accomplishments. As a result, they reached an agreement to make him the president of the Group.
Soon after he was appointed the president of the Group, he channeled his energy towards innovation and massive investments that saw the company launch new products. He also started a modernization program that saw him upgrade some of the company’s factories. In his modernization program, he also changed the management of the organization.
About Eucatex Group
Eucatex is a company whose roots can be traced back to 1923 when its parent company, Americana Sawmill Americana first opened its doors. The company’s first mill (currently, Fiberboard Industrial Unit), was established in Salto (SP), in 1954. At the time, the company manufactured ceiling tiles and panels. The company expanded rapidly and could handle its growing market that not only expanded locally but also internationally. Between 1956 and 1965, the company opened branch offices in different states in Brazil. The company also opened a representative office in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
In 1965, the company started exporting its products (ceiling tiles and panels) to Europe. As a result of the growing demand for its products, it increased its production capacity to 100 tons/day. Today Eucatex is an international company that works to fulfill the needs of different furniture manufacturers and large industrial construction organizations.