Image: Residents of Vila Bella Residential located at the Ibema Fabril Unit in Turvo - PR.
Thanks to the hard work and entrepreneurial vision of its founders, Ibema is a prosperous company that has been generating value for more than 60 years. Being the largest local employer today, Ibema was established in 1955 when the Maia family began activities in Faxinal de Boa Vista, the current city of Turvo, Ibema’s history merges with the history of the Nápoli and Gomes families, responsible for setting up a sawmill, the families’ first enterprise, by the roadside of BR-277, in Catanduvas, a city in the countryside of Paraná State, in 1962. During the 1970s, both families joined the Maias in the paper industry. Although their activities were initially separated, they became Ibema Group shortly after. In 1988, a municipality dismembered from Catanduvas, that progressed along with the factory, was named after Ibema. The legacy built by the founders allowed the development of the newly emancipated town.
In 1991, Ibema took its first steps toward professionalization, being soon placed among the three largest manufacturers in Brazil. In 2012, the company went through a period of modernization that resulted in a new market positioning and branding concept. In 2016, the company expanded its operations by acquiring Embu das Artes factory and establishing an association with Suzano Papel e Celulose. The incorporation of this new unit gave Ibema more competitiveness into the market, broadened its product portfolio, increasing the production and logistic gains.