The city of Aracruz, in the north of Espírito Santo, will receive a fertilizer mixing factory from the company Adufértil. The investment is in the order of R$65 million and should generate 90 direct jobs and another 300 indirect jobs. Construction was confirmed this Wednesday (31) and the location chosen was Portocel, which will import and handle the company’s product for Brazil.
Adufértil’s operation is expected to begin in 2026, after completion of the mixing works, and aims to open new logistical frontiers for the movement of fertilizers to serve Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais and Bahia. The Aracruz product will have Suzano as its customer, which is one of the port’s shareholders – along with Cenibra – and has a large industrial area in the area close to the new investment.
“Together with Adufértil, the terminal will begin to operate fertilizers, one of the country’s main commodities”, highlights Portocel in a statement.
The expectation is to move between 120 thousand and 180 thousand tons/year of fertilizers in Aracruz, with potential for expansion. “The operation will involve a broad logistics chain, generating indirect jobs for professionals such as drivers, port workers, agents and maritime support,” the note noted.
Adufértil will install a mixing factory in an area of approximately 90 thousand m2, mapped for expansion of operations in Portocel, and close to the Suzano factory, in Aracruz. According to the company, the incorporation of approximately 300 thousand m2 of area adjacent to the port – increasing the available area by 60% – “is part of the terminal’s strategy to increase storage and movement options, strengthening the attractiveness for operating new loads”.
Also according to the note, Portocel’s Executive Operations Manager, Alexandre Billot Mori, highlights that the region is strengthening in the national segment.
“The new fertilizer operation reinforces our positioning as a multi-purpose port and increases our share of operations in the segment, in addition to contributing to strengthening the municipality of Aracruz as an important logistics hub in Espírito Santo and Brazil. Also counting on the differential of benefits promoted by Sudene and other incentives, which are an additional attraction for new businesses in the region,” he highlighted.
For Suzano, this is a strategic operation, considering that the company plants 1.2 million trees per day in different operations in Brazil. “Through the mixer project, we will be able to reduce our fertilizer supply radius, generating value for the entire supply chain in the economic, social and environmental spheres, also contributing to developing the local community and enhancing our commitment to ESG practices , through emissions reductions”, points out Viviane Danemberg Gomes Lichtenstein, Suzano’s executive manager of Supplies.
The executive manager of Forestry Operations at Suzano, Carlos Alberto Nassur, highlights that the logistics chain will reinforce the competitiveness of the operation, due to the integration and proximity between port and factory. “Much of the fertilizer we use in our forestry plantations will now arrive via Portocel, which contributes to strengthening our port and, above all, the economy of Aracruz and Espírito Santo, through the generation of taxes, work and income”, highlights.
“A project carefully designed by Suzano, Portocel and Adufértil, the initiative demonstrates not only the interest and total trust of the main players in the sector, but also the efforts to increasingly improve the cellulose production chain”, says Douglas Fontanini, CEO from Adufértil.