ABIMCI - Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Madeira Processada Mecanicamente

History

ABIMCI (Brazilian Association for Mechanically Processed Timber) is a  classe entity that, at the time of its foundation, was composed of companies associated with the plywood industry, specifically concrete form, and throughout the years, has been expanding its membership and currently integrates various segments of the mechanically processed timber industry.

The history of the Association was marked to this day by stages of progress and development much different since its foundation, undergoing major statutory changes, change of registered office address and other key events.

ABIMCI’s first phase was determined by the consolidation of authority and comprised from the time of its foundation on July 18, 1972, in the capital of the state of São Paulo until early 1990s. During this period, the entity was called ABIMCE (Brazilian Association of Special Plywood Industry) and worked primarily for the interests of concrete form manufacturers.

As of 1992, a new cycle begins for ABIMCE, with the arrival of other segments of the industry into the body, culminating in 1998 with the first amendment to the articles of association. In order to follow the growth of the sector and thus to represent other sectors of the wood industry in Brazil, the Association changed its name, becoming ABIMCI  Brazilian Association for Plywood and Industrializes Timber, which in addition to continuing integrating plywood industry, also included among its members, companies related to the manufacture of other products, such as different types of panels, flooring, lumber and other.

This statutory amendment expanded the operation area of the Association and its affiliates, therefore becoming far more comprehensive. ABIMCI expanded the representation of its members along with the various public or private institutions, and also the interaction between the different segments of the timber industry.

The second statutory amendment occurred in 1998, when the association became the Brazilian Association for Mechanically Processed Timber. Although the name has changed, the acronym remained the same (ABIMCI). This new change took place based on some important aspects:

•       Adequacy to reality of new markets and new products;

•       Provision of greater benefits and information to associates for the growth of the sector in the global market;

•       Need to include new groups of members and expansion of the area of operation.

This expansion in the Association’s activity and new members occurred primarily with the producers of solid wood and their partners, with significant growth.

During this period, ABIMCI started to have a more focused operation in defending the interests of its members, especially in the government sphere, in parallel to the increase of commercial entity on behalf of its members. Through a strengthened internal structure, ABIMCI also intensified the actions and services with input and capital goods’ suppliers for the timber industry, professional associations, universities, the press, public opinion, market and other public goods.

Another important phase for the Association took place in 2000, and was mainly characterized by transferring its headquarters location. Originally, ABIMCI was established in São Paulo , but now, its headquarters are located in the city of Curitiba-PR, thus capturing a strategic geographical position within the forest sector and the optimization of their activities.

This period also marked the beginning of the Association’s technical progress by launching product and process quality and certification programs, providing proper access to major global markets.

Culminating with this phase, the number of associates increased significantly, covering various segments of the industry and services in virtually all regions of the country. In April 2005, there was new statutory change, adapting to the actual New Civil Code, which guides ABIMCI’s present actions.

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