• Categories
  • Archives

US, Europe and Japan Import from This Brazilian Carnauba Wax Maker

In the northeastern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, a small company is exporting a product typical to the region: carnauba wax.

In reality, the product exists in other countries, but it can only be extracted in industrial scale in northeastern Brazil, specifically in the states of Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí­ and Ceará.

Making use of this benefit of nature, company Ortal, from Mossoró, produces 200 tons of wax, of which 80% is exported.

The main destinations are the United States, Germany and Japan. Ortal also sells to an Egyptian buyer, who resells the product in his country.

And, according to the company’s export director, Márcia Gomes de Paula, there is a Syrian buyer interested in the product. "Our objective, now, is to expand sales to other Arab countries," pointed out the director.

Carnauba wax is extracted from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera palm – named after astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus -, which is also found in Africa and Sri Lanka. The wax is extracted from a powder removed from the leaves.

Ortal works with an average of 1,000 producers, mainly from the cities of Assu, Apodi and Russas, in the state of Ceará. They pick the leaves during the harvest season, which is from August to January.

After drying, they scrape the leaves, heat up the powder and melt the wax into bars, which they sell to Ortal. The company then processes and clarifies the product. Extraction does not affect the palm. Cutting makes the tree’s lifecycle longer.

Carnauba wax has varied applications. It may be used both in personal hygiene and in food products. "Some chocolates have a fine layer of the wax so they do not melt," explained Márcia.

Apart from that, it is used in photographic film, medicine capsules, dyes, dehydrated vegetables, lacquer, etc. The list is vast.

Ortal was established in 1988 by João Melo, who was a carnauba wax farmer before opening his company. Between the office and factory, there are only 20 employees, but over 1,000 indirect jobs are generated.

According to Márcia, in 2005 the company started paying greater attention to the foreign market, eliminating brokers who earned 3% of the profit on sales, and started negotiating directly with foreign buyers. Since then, relations with foreign buyers have improved.

"It was better for everybody. We stopped paying a commission and, thus, improved our selling price," stated the export director. Revenues only didn’t boom due to low exchange rates – an appreciated Brazilian real against the United States dollar.

Contact

Ortal
Telephones: (+55 84) 3316-6241 / 3316-8791
Site:
www.ortal.com.br
E-mail: marciadepaula@ortal.com.br

Anba

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • A.Pontes

    Export Avds.
    Dear sirs,
    I am export advisor of SV DOS ANJOS (www.svdosanjos.com) working on foreign trade of Carnauba waxes for more than 25 years ! I visited your interesting site – congratulations ! for the whole informations !

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

US and Argentina Get Lion Share of Brazilian Petrobras US$ 16 Bi Investment

Petrobras, Brazil's state-controlled oil and gas multinational announced its international 2009/2013 investment plan totaling ...

16 Nations Gathered in Brazil Sign Accords to Help Haiti

Yesterday, May 23, at the conclusion of the International High Level Meeting on Haiti, ...

Russia Wants Joint Ventures with Brazil in Space and Defense

Currently on a Latin American tour to expand alliances and business opportunities, the president ...

Brazil’s New President to Keep Lula’s Policy of Non-Subordination to the US

On October 31, Brazilians elected their new president, Worker’s Party (PT) candidate Dilma Rousseff. ...

Brazil Blames Crisis for Slowdown in Chicken Exports

Brazilian exports of chicken should end the year at between 3.6 million and 3.7 ...

Brazil's Petrobras refinery

Brazil/Algeria Accord to Bring Gas to Brazil

Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras and Algerian state-owned Sonatrach, signed on Saturday, May 26, ...

Brazil Opposition to Appeal to Supreme Against Minimum Wage Law

In Brazil, no sooner had the country’s Senate passed the new minimum wage law ...

Favela Kids in Brazil Get 50 Sports Centers

Brazil’s Minister of Sports, Agnelo Queiroz, on Friday, February 3, inaugurated 50 more Segundo ...

Low Inflation Gets Brazil Market Bullish

Brazilian stocks closed with solid gains on a modest inflation reading. Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa ...

Books and films about the music and culture of Pernambuco

TerminologyBy Jeff Duneman Maracatu de baque virado, maracatu de baque solto, frevo, coco, ciranda, ...