Uruguay

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

Administration of Agricultural Assets

We have managed agricultural land in Uruguay for over 20 years. We operate over 10,000 hectares located in different areas of the country.

Forest Asset Management

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

Forest Funds

We created investment funds aimed at Insurance Companies, Family Offices and Pension Funds, both in Uruguay and other countries in the region.

AF Maderas

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

Consulting

We design forestry projects tailored to each client. We also perform quality controls, audits, forest inventories and FSC® Certifications.

Mechanized Ant Control

We fight ants mechanically, through technology that allows us a precise diagnosis of the anthills and its effective elimination.

Mechanized Pruning

We sell self propelled boom lifts for mechanized pruning.

Weed control

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

Products

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

In 2000 we established AF in Uruguay.
From there we expanded to Brazil and Chile.

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.

Dan Guapura

Country Manager of AF Uruguay
Dan Guapura is Country Manager of AF Uruguay and is responsible for all of the company's operations in this country. For more than 10 years he has managed different operations of internationally renowned companies, such as Roche and Glencoore. He is an Industrial Mechanical Engineer and holds a MBA from ORT University of Uruguay.

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.

Diego Rosas

Manager of Land Purchases
Diego Rosas is Manager of Land Purchases for AF Uruguay. He has worked in the forestry sector for 10 years and has led AF teams that provided services to major Uruguayan companies (Stora Enso, Weyerhauser, and Cambium, among others). He is an Agronomist and holds an MBA from the University of Montevideo.

Pablo Taño

Weed Control and Services Chief
Pablo Taño is part of AF since 2006 and currently serves as the Chief of Weed Control and Services. He graduated as Agricultural Technician from the Agricultural Management Institute (IGAP) of the Catholic University of Uruguay.

Felipe Macedo

Administration Chief
Felipe Macedo is the Administration Chief of AF Uruguay, and is responsible for coordinating the accounting, taxes and finances at this site. With 20 years of experience Felipe has worked at companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Melia Hotels, HSBC Bank and Abbott Laboratories in Montevideo. He is a Certified Public Accountant from the UDELAR and has earned a Master's Degree in Accounting and Taxes from ORT University of Uruguay.

Anibal Morelli

Forestry Administration Chief
Aníbal Morelli is Chief of Administraciones Forestales Sur of AF Uruguay and is responsible for the operational management of Bosques de Uruguay I (10.000 ha) and Bosques de Uruguay II (13.000 ha). He has worked in the forestry sector for 15 years. He is an Agronomist graduated from the UDELAR and has complementary studies on forestry engineering at the University of Talca, Chile.

Our Alliances

In 2013 AF and Haifa agreed on an Alliance to provide differentiated fertilizers to the Uruguayan market. Haifa is a corporation of Israeli origin, a world leader in special nutrients, which has operations in five continents.

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.

Since 2013 we are the exclusive representatives of Sumitomo Chemical in Uruguay. This company is one of the main developers of molecules worldwide, providing direct and indirect solutions to the agricultural, livestock and forestry sector.