History and Objectives

CELPA is the Portuguese Paper Industry Association. It resulted from the ACEL (Association of Cellulose Companies producers) and FAPEL (Portuguese Association of paper and carton board producers) merger that occurred in 1993.


CELPA´s associated companies are responsible for 100% of the national production of pulp from virgin fiber and 80% of the national production of several grades of paper. They transform 7 million m3 of eucalyptus wood and manage woodlands that cover 208 thousand hectares under both FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) forest management certification schemes.


CELPA is a non-profit association which aims to represent the industrial activity of pulp, paper and carton board as well as their collective interests in the national and international, public and private entities and organisms. CELPA also aims:

  • Stimulate the scientific, technical and technologic investigation, as well as the elaboration of economic, financial or others studies related to the represented activity.
  • Cooperation with public organisms, representative associations of production, cut and industrialization of forest products and with other interested entities, with the goal of preservation and development of national forest as a natural resource.
  • To develop and encourage relations with foreign associations, counterparts and with international organisms important for the sector development.
  • Strengthening professional, technical and technological formation, through private centres creation.
  • Promotion and execution of any other actions or initiative in sector defence.
  • In consequence, establish proper channels for institutional intervention, the development of politics agenda and the natural evolution of associated companies are important for CELPA performance.


This way, CELPA, aware of the routine activities, the sector affirmation, the industry representations and the execution of concrete projects, keeps the needed flexibility to answer new solicitations or emergent themes that, as a result of decisions from the executive profiles and/or the national or international agenda evolution, requires a collective position from the industry.

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