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Corporate Milestones

The Amorim Group is one of the largest, most entrepreneurial and dynamic multinationals of Portuguese origin. Its origins were in the cork business, back in 1870 and today it is the world leader in the sector.

Below are some of the most relevant time frames in our history.

1978

Creation of Portocork Internacional, S.A. An important natural cork stopper production unit, whose brand rapidly establishes itself in the market.

Establishment of Ipocork - Indústria de Pavimentos e Decoração, S.A. (currently Amorim Revestimentos, S.A.) marks Corticeira Amorim's entry into the parquet and coverings market.

1976

International expansion takes an Iberian route. Samec, S.A. - Sociedad Anónima de Manufactura Española del Corcho, one of the largest companies in the cork industry in Spain, a country with significant cork oak forests.

1973

Corticeira Amorim successfully begins to produce cork rubber.

1972

The first processing plant outside national territory is created - Comatral - Compagnie Marocaine de Transformation du Liège, S.A. - in Skhirat, Morocco. It is established in the second most important cork oak forest region in the world, the Mediterranean coast of Africa. Morocco represents 400 000 hectares of productive area, 15% of the world total, despite producing only around 26 000 tonnes of cork/year.

The productive fabric of the Portuguese cork sector changes. Half the raw material exported is now industrially manufactured, representing 75% of the value of Portuguese cork exports. Maintaining its leadership in the sector, Portugal becomes a manufacturing country. The district of Aveiro, where Corticeira Amorim is based, becomes the country's cork stopper capital, responsible for 75% of national production.