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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.


Corticeira Amorim awarded with the Seal of Sustainability for the Sustainable Construction Platform, while it was the managing entity of the Sustainable Habitat Cluster in Portugal, in an initiative to recognise the efforts of entities and companies in favour of sustainability. Corticeira Amorim fulfilled 11 of the criteria subject to assessment, and was given the gold level result.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, made with cork provided by Amorim. The Pavilion was built with over 80 m3 of cork and enjoyed the extensive media coverage of the renowned London gallery. It was open to the public between June and October and thereafter included in the private collection of renowned international collectors Usha and Lakshmi N. Mittal.

The expanded cork board by Amorim Isolamentos is included in the «BuildingGreen Top-10 Products for 2013», by Building Green, a publication by GreenSpec and the Environmental Building News (EBN). With this distinction, it is renowned as one of the 10 most ecological and sustainable products for the construction sector, in the USA.

Amorim & Irmãos, SGPS, S.A. acquires Trefinos. Located in Girona, Spain, the company leads in the production and marketing of stoppers for champagnes and sparkling wines in Catalonia. With almost a century of history, Trefinos owns an important international business network in countries such as France, Italy and the USA.


The cork oak is declared Portugal's National Tree, by the Portuguese Parliament.

Acquisition of the companies Espana SL, ACI - Corchos Argentina and Amorim Natural Cork, S.A. by Amorim & Irmãos, S.G.P.S., S.A.

Joint venture between Timberman and Corticeira Amorim, to lead the wood and cork flooring market in Denmark.

Strategic alliance between Corticeira Amorim and the Vertex Group, based in Shanghai (China) and operating in Asia, Europe and the USA/Canada. This alliance joins the two largest producers of cork coverings and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) respectively, for the production and development of innovative solutions for coverings.

Start-up of the new factory for the preparation of cork, in Salgueiros, Ponte de Sôr. With a total area of 17 hectares and a production capacity of around 750 000/year.

Kaizen Lean Award distinguishes the productivity and operational efficiency of Corticeira Amorim in the category «Excellence in Productivity» for the Amorim & Irmãos Raro Unit.

Wicanders flooring, by Amorim Revestimentos, cover the mythical Sagrada Família, by Gaudí, in Barcelona.

MATERIA, launched by Corticeira Amorim, a collection of innovative items presented at the prestigious Fuori Salone, in Milan.

Presentation of DYN CORK, an innovative fabric in natural cork, presented in partnership with a player from the sector.


Amorim Florestal, S.A. creates the R&D department focused on the ongoing improvement of all the processes, from the cork oak forest to the final product.

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's and Corticeira Amorim undertake commitment in favour of increasing the value of natural cork. Sainsbury's, the United Kingdom's second largest chain of supermarkets, announces that it shall exclusively use cork stoppers certified by the FSC - Forest Stewardship Council in its wines.

Corticeira Amorim cork stoppers help preserve 200-year old champagne. Over 160 bottles of champagne discovered in the Baltic sea are recovered with the technical support of Corticeira Amorim, which ensures the replacement of the original stopper for a new natural cork stopper. 

Launch of CORKSORB, an innovative range of natural cork-based absorbents. The new product has a unique capacity in the control and clean-up of oil and hydrocarbon spills.

Corticeira Amorim develops a collection of luxury capsulated stoppers. The new natural cork stopper, called Top Series®, emerges within the scope of the strategic commitment to Innovation and is the fruit of the use of state-of-the-art technology. It is designed to meet the needs of the producers of premium spirits.

Corticeira Amorim cork stoppers are chosen to seal the most expensive whisky in the world, the Dalmore Trinitas 64. Just three luxury bottles were produced, with a price of around 118 000 Euros per bottle. The chosen corks are from the premium Top Series range.

Portuguese Pavilion at Shanghai Expo, covered entirely with cork provided by Corticeira Amorim, is distinguished with the Design Award.