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A Focus on Development

Research and Development is a top priority for The Navigator Company, allowing it to get ahead - and stay ahead - in its sector.


RAIZ - Forest and Paper Research Institute is a private non-profit organization recognized as an Research and Technology Organization of the Portuguese Scientific and Technological System, which develops research, consulting, specialized services and training on forest, pulp and paper and forest-based bio refineries areas of expertise.

RAIZ was created in 1996 as an association and its associates currently are The Navigator Company, the University of Coimbra, the University of Aveiro and University of Lisbon (School of Agriculture).

RAIZ activity is mainly financed by The Navigator Company and other private entities and by national and European public funds for R&D. It has a competitive nature and it developed in a perspective of producing and transforming knowledge into products, technology and services, in order to optimize, in a cost/ benefit perspective, the competitive advantages of the forestry and industrial ranks of the pulp and paper industry and the Company’s, guaranteeing its business sustainability.

The operation is developed by a staff of 52 researchers and technicians, plus an average of 25 R&D fellows, currently divided into two sites (Quinta de São Francisco, Eixo / Aveiro, and Herdade de Espirra, Pegões), in close articulation with the operational branches (forestry and industry) and corporate areas of the Company, and involving a vast network of universities and R&D centers, both national and foreign.


To contribute to the competitiveness and sustainability of the eucalypt value chain, from forest to product: Creating excelling knowledge; Supplying specialized services and consulting; Developing innovative solutions, boosting the new circular & bio economy; Promoting the cooperation with universities and world class R&D centres; Training highly qualified and motivated human resources.


Be recognized worldwide as a reference research centre, promoting sustainable development and the eucalypt forest-based bioeconomy.

Activity Areas

RAIZ activities include Forestry Research and Consulting, Research and Technology Consulting, and Specialized Services for the Industry.

Forestry R&D and Consulting

The main competence domains on Forestry R&D and Consulting include:

  • Genetic Improvement
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Production
  • Forest Productivity
  • Forest Protection
  • Forest and Environment

Technological R&D and Consulting

The main competence domains on Technological/Industrial R&D and Consulting include: 

  • Wood and raw materials 
  • Process: pulping, bleaching, paper production 
  • Product: pulp, paper, new materials 
  • Biorefineries and bioproducts
  • Environment
  • Energy

Services (laboratories) 

RAIZ Laboratory provides analysis and expert services to industry, research and development. We are a leading laboratory in all of the Iberian Peninsula providing advanced and in-depth analytical services for forestry, pulp and paper industry and energy industry.

I&D Projects in Consortium 

The national research projects are developed in partnerships, mainly, with research centers at Portuguese universities, with RAIZ, The Navigator Company and other national companies.
Get to know our National Projects

The international research projects in which Navigator and RAIZ participates combine the joint efforts of diverse entities to accelerate and consolidate a bioeconomy based on eucalypt forest.
Get to know our International Projects


RAIZ - Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e do Papel
Quinta de São Francisco
Rua José Estevão
3800-783 Eixo
Telephone: 234 920 130
Email: raiz@thenavigatorcompany.com 

Management Team

  • General Director: Carlos de Pascoal Neto
  • Technological R&D and Consulting Director: Ricardo Jorge
  • Forestry R&D and Consulting Director: Nuno Borralho
  • Administrative and Technical Support Director: Leonor Guedes