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History

Over its 95 year history, the Company has had a strong organizational culture based on commitment to obligations, honesty, work well done and personal effort. These values have been present throughout the organization since it was founded in 1920.

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1920

The company was formed to produce paper, cardboard and pulp from wheat straw at its factory in Puente Alto, Chile.

1920

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1938

Newsprint first produced at Puente Alto.

1938

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1951

Operations start up at the Valdivia paper mill, initially with the production of newsprint and kraft paper.

1951

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1959

The first pulp mill in Chile comes into operations at the Laja Mill.

1959

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1960

CMPC makes its first Chilean pulp exports to South America.

1960

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1972

A new paper bag mill is built in Chillán.

1972

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1978

Molded pulp and tissue mills are built in Puente Alto, Chile.

1978

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1985

Start-up of operations at the Mulchén saw mill.

1985

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1986

The purchase of INFORSA and the sale of Papeles Bio Bio.

1986

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1991

The first investment out of Chile is made with the acquisition of Química Estrella San Luis, a diaper producer in Argentina. Start-up of the new Planta Pacífico pulp mill in Chile, in the Araucanía Region.

1991

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1994

Acquisition of IPUSA in Uruguay (tissue paper) and of FABI (industrial paper bag producer) in Argentina.

1994

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1995

Start-up of two new tissue paper factories in Talagante, Chile and Zárate, Argentina.

CMPC is restructured as a holding company, with its five business areas separated into distinct subsidiaries.

1995

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1996

Acquisition of La Papelera del Plata, a tissue paper producer in Argentina.
Tissue paper operations commence in Peru.

1996

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1998

Start-up of the Maule boxboard mill in the district of Yerbas Buenas, Chile.

1998

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2000

The CMPC Foundation is set up.

2000

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2004

Construction starts on the second line at the Santa Fe pulp mill, with a capacity of 780,000 tons/year.

2004

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2006

Acquisition of ABSORMEX in México (tissue paper).
Start-up of the second line at the Santa Fe pulp mill.

2006

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2007

The plywood mill at Mininco comes into operation in the Araucanía Region.
Acquisition of the Colombian company Drypers Andina, a diaper company.

2007

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2009

Acquisition of the Guaíba Mill from Celulosa Aracruz, located in the Brazilian State of Rio
Grande do Sul.
Purchase of Melhoramentos Papéis in the Brazilian State of Sao Paulo.
Start-up of a new paper mill in Mexico.

2009

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2010

In Colombia, the new Gachancipá tissue mill comes into operations.

2010

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2011

Inauguration of the corrugated box mill in Pichil, in the Chilean Province of Osorno.

2011

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2012

FSC® certification of all the Company’s forests in Chile and Brazil.
Board of Directors approves the construction of the second pulp line at the Guaíba Mill in Brazil.

2012

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2013

Construction of the second Guaíba line commences in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Production of newsprint is halted. Closure of Papeles Río Vergara, a mill located in Nacimiento, in the Bio Bio Region.
The Company’s subsidiaries are reorganized. CMPC Productos de Papel is absorbed by CMPC Papeles, bringing the main business areas from five to four: forestry, pulp, paper and tissue.

2013

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2014

Corrugated box business is reorganized and relocated to Quilicura, Santiago. The companies Envases Impresos and Envases Roble Alto are merged into a single business unit.

2014

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2015

Start-up of the new pulp line at Guaíba II in Brazil.
Start-up of the Altamira Power Cogeneration Mill in Mexico.
Reorganization of the forestry and pulp businesses through the creation of a subsidiary integrating both business areas.

2015