Chile

Some
history

We began our operations as a forestry services company in Uruguay in the year 2000. We started working specifically on weed control, but soon grew and diversified. Today we offer services at all stages of a forest’s development, as well as fund development and management, and the administration of forestry and agricultural assets.

In 2007 we established our company in Chile and in 2010 in Brazil. With the three countries combined we operate more than 100,000 hectares in the region.

In 2011 we launched our first forest-trust public offering, Bosques del Uruguay I, for a total of 50 million dollars. In 2015 we launched the second one, Bosques del Uruguay II, for 70 million and in 2016 the third, Bosques del Uruguay III, for 190 million dollars.

Since 2011 AF Maderas markets production from southern cone forests to the rest of the world. More than 40 Asian customers receive quality wood produced in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay.

We generate 50 direct jobs, and 500 indirect jobs through more than 40 companies contracted to work for us.

Since 2009 Deloitte and PKF conduct the auditing of AF.

Services

AF Maderas

We provide local and international wood sale services. We export from Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile to the rest of the world.

Forest Asset Management

We manage forest lands for TIMOs, Endowments and Investment Funds. We provide a comprehensive management, handling the entire process.

Mechanized Pruning

We sell self propelled boom lifts for mechanized pruning.

Products

We sell herbicides, fertilizers, ant killers and processing aids. We also offer application services.

Weed control

We control weeds in forest plantations to ensure a proper development.

Since 2007 we operate in the city of Temuco,
where we manage more than 11.000 hectares.

Team

Francisco Bonino

President
Francisco Bonino is partner and president of AF and is in charge of the executive management of the company at its three headquarters in Uruguay, Chile and Brazil. He has 16 years of experience in the forestry sector of Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Previously he was in charge of Product Development for Monsanto in Northern Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. He is an Agronomist and holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).

Gerardo Díaz Beltrán

Director
Gerardo Díaz Beltrán is partner and director of AF Uruguay. He is a Veterinarian and lives in Misiones, Argentina. He serves as President of the province’s Economic Confederation, he is a member of the Presidential Committee of the Argentine Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Businesses, and is partner and director of three companies in the provinces of Misiones and Corrientes.

Francisco García

Manager of AF Chile
Francisco García is partner and Manager of AF Chile and is responsible for all operations in that country. For over 20 years he has worked in the forestry industry in Chile in companies such as Forestal Bio Bio and Dow AgroSciences. He is a Forestry Engineer from the University of Chile and holds a Diploma in Business Management and Administration from the University for Development.

Silvana Tomé

Manager of Human Capital
Silvana Tomé is Regional Manager of Human Capital. She has worked in the selection and management of people for more than 10 years and until 2007 worked for Deloitte Montevideo. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Degree in Human Resources Management from the Catholic University of Uruguay.

Jaime Flores

Planning Manager
Jaime Flores is Planning Manager for Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Prior to joining AF he worked 20 years for the Arauco group, as Technical Assistant Manager and as Heritage Assistant Manager of Forestal Celco and Forestal Cholguán. He graduated from the University of Chile as Forestry Engineer.

Juan Torres

Operations Manager
He joined AF Chile in 2008 as Operations Manager. He is a Forestry Engineer from the University of Concepción and has worked in Dow AgroSciences Chile managing the implementation of the weed control program of the company. He has more than 15 years of experience in the services area.

Sebastián Cárdenas

Chief of Administration and Finance
Sebastian Cárdenas is Chief of Administration and Finance of AF Chile and is in charge of the accounting, finances and taxes in that country. With 10 years of experience in the accounting and administrative field, he has worked in various regional companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Auditor from the Autonomous University of Chile and holds a Diploma in Human Management and Leadership from the Universidad Mayor.

Our Alliances

Mecaplus, a Spanish company, is the pioneer manufacturer of pruning machines for forest plantations. Their equipments have the most up to date technology. Since 2012 AF is the official distributor for the forestry sector in the Southern Cone.

AF has a strategic Alliance with Dow AgroSciences, a worldwide leading provider of agricultural supplies, with over 3 million dollars in global sales. Dow AgroSciences stands out for their investigations in the chemical and biotechnology areas. It is also recognized for its commitment and respect for the environment.