Ecologically speaking, using natural resources to make items that we use for daily living is undoubtedly sustainable and smart. Flavio Maluf, a wood panel and door manufacturer in Brazil, owns Eucatex. The name comes from the fact that Mr. Flavio Maluf is using eucalyptus trees in production of all products. Sustainably harvesting parts of the eucalyptus tree is a way to coexist with nature and provide goods. This means that Flavio Maluf undoubtedly keeps an eye on agricultural Gross Domestic Product(GDP)numbers. Follow Flavio Maluf on Twitter.
There was a fall off in the first quarter of 2018, of 2.6%, but this is contributed, at least in part, to a truck driver demonstration and stall on deliveries. This happened in May, however, so the carry-forward effect will show in second-quarter GDP as well. The truckers strike affected the distribution of corn, sugar cane and coffee, just to name a few components of the GDP that were affected. On balance, there were some highlights in the GDP numbers as the tobacco and soybean harvests were strong in the first quarter.
Overall, however, last year’s GDP was high, so a fall off in the first quarter of 2018 was somewhat expected. GDP was very strong in the first quarter of 2017. The truckers strike caused a decrease in the price of diesel oil and a subsequent regulation of road freight. Agricultural producers lost out and were hurt by this strike as they were unable to move their products. Although farmers were hurt, as well as consumers, by the truckers strike, there was widespread support in the general population for the truckers who were seen as standing up for their rights.
Eucatex primarily manufactures wooden panels and paints using eucalyptus trees for materials. They also make laminate floors and doors. Located in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, Eucatex makes use of naturally occurring materials to power their business model. Coexisting with nature while creating a successful business has been the hallmark of Flavio Maluf’s career.