TECHNOLOGICAL
DEVELOPMENT
IN THE SERVICE OF INNOVATION

MASILVA GROUP HAS BEEN A TECHNOLOGICAL LEADER
IN THE CORK INDUSTRY SINCE 1972

The quality of MASILVA cork stoppers results from the focus of our business strategy, centered on Research, Development and Innovation.

Over the last few years, MASILVA has invested heavily in developing the most advanced technologies, which, together with the best talents, has enabled us to ensure the best performance and quality of cork stoppers, with a guarantee of non-detectable TCA. *

Continuous investment in innovation and quality reinforces our position as a reference producer of premium natural cork stoppers.

*Releasable TCA content below the quantification limit of 0.5 ng/l; analysis carried out according to ISO 20752

ID+I & QUALITY

Over the last 49 years masilva has established itself as a cork industry technological leader and its proprietary cork cleaning processes are recognized worldwide
OnebyOne

Individual cork testing

NEOTECH

Raw material vaporization

Dynavox

Raw material sterilization and vaporization

Sara Advanced

Extraction of volatiles and sensory standardization

MASZONE

Elimination of microorganisms

CORK STOPPER QUALITY FIRST

MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY WITHOUT TCA

Quality is the reason for everything we do, and the consequence of everything we produce. The quality of our cork stoppers results from the best raw material, experienced and talented teams and constant investment in research, development & innovation.

The quality of the corks speaks for itself, and so do the numbers.

TCA analysis by GC/MS

TCA analysis by GC/MS

Sensory analysis

Sensory analysis

MISSION

Manufacturing world-class cork stoppers for the wine industry and similar, using appropriate means and following social and commercial ethical standards, respecting the community, environment and sustainable development

VALUES

Culture
Quality
Ambition
Confidence
Dedication
Innovation

VISION

Being a worldwide leading cork stopper manufacturer, promoting sustainable growth, both internally and externally, with the ability to inspire trust in the markets in order to perpetuate the use of cork stoppers as the sealant of choice.

MANAGEMENT POLICY

Focus on maximum customer satisfaction:
  • Engaging employees and suppliers in achieving the company‘s goals, with a particular emphasis on ensuring food safety for end consumers;
  • Ensuring appropriate employee skills and effective internal communication;
  • Always working in accordance with the best cork industry practices in order to preserve the properties of cork as a natural product and for contact with food;
  • Manufacturing cork stoppers in compliance with legal, statutory, customer, and management system requirements;
  • Always looking for ways to reduce waste, optimise natural resources, improve operational efficiency, seeking innovative solutions;
  • Continuously improving the organisation, ensuring the communication model in the cork stopper production chain;
  • Contributing to the increase of the forest area with responsible management through FSC® certification (FSC-C009204);
  • Continuously improving the organisation’s environmental performance and preventing pollution.

CERTIFICATIONS

systecode-premium
FSC®

In reply to concerns about global deforestation, the Forest Stewardship Council® was established to increase responsible management of forests worldwide. M. A. Silva – Cortiças, S.A. is certified under code number SA-COC-002297, for natural and colmated stoppers.

SYSTECODE PREMIUM
SYSTECODE PREMIUM®

The Systecode Excellence Certification has been awarded to MASILVA, according to the highest sector demands.

ISO9001 E ISO22000
ISO9001 AND ISO22000®

In addition to being certified according to the ISO9001 standard, which recognises the organisation’s efforts to ensure the conformity of its products and/or services, client satisfaction and continuous improvement, MASILVA was the first Portuguese cork company to obtain certification according to the ISO22000 standard in 2005. These certifications demonstrate to the market that MASILVA has a food safety management system with the capacity to supply safe products, or products that result in safe products, related to food safety.

CORK STOPPER PRODUCTION FLOW

Where there is control, there is quality

MASILVA produces and delivers the best natural cork stoppers available in the world market, promoting the perfect pairing: cork stopper – wine.

To guarantee maximum quality throughout the cork stopper production flow, maximum quality must be guaranteed at all stages. And for the process to be efficient, it is also necessary that all the stages are controlled – from the forest to the final product – as it happens at MASILVA.

The quality of our production flow starts in the forest, and the health of the trees of contracted forest owners is constantly monitored.

The demanding and rigorous Quality & Control team at MASILVA is present throughout the entire production flow, and supported by exact protocols and cutting edge technology, allowing us to decide which batches of cork are approved and which are rejected.

Before stripping, tests are carried out on samples, guaranteeing the maximum quality of cork. Once the best raw material has been selected, the next step is to ensure its cleaning and disinfection. MASILVA’s patented cork cleaning and disinfection systems reduce average TCA levels to below human detectable levels.

The MASILVA strategy and philosophy, focused on the quality of the cork stoppers and consequent client satisfaction, lead to predictable results and constant performance of the production process, often verified and tested by entities outside the group.

PROVEN QUALITY

MASILVA exceeds the quality levels set by leading European institutions such as APCOR, C.E.Liège and Systecode.

MASILVA’s efforts encompass the combination of forest management with highly technological processes that have been patented and awarded prizes by leading entities in the sector.

Within the framework of forest management efforts and the development of sustainable forests and products, MASILVA has several units certified according to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

RAW MATERIAL

CORK OAK STRIPPING

Cork planks are stripped from cork oak trees

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

YARD STABILIZATION

Planks are stored from 6 to 9 months on a concrete floor

BOILING | DYNAVOX® SYSTEM

Planks are sterilized and disinfected through a vaporized pressure system

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

STABILIZATION AFTER BOILING

Stabilization period after vaporization

CORK PLANKS SORTING FOR PRODUCTION

First sorting of planks for production

NATURAL

CORK PLANK CUTTING

Planks are cut into strips

PUNCHING

Punching of cork strips

STERILIZATION | SARA ADVANCED® SYSTEM

Natural cork stoppers are vaporized and sterilized

PRE-DRYING

First moisture level definition

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

TECHNICAL

STERILIZATION | SARA® SYSTEM

Cork granules are vaporized and sterilized

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

AGLOMERATION

Production of agglomerated bodies

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

DISC PRODUCTION

Thinner strips of cork are punched for disc purposes

STERILIZATION | SARA ADVANCED® SYSTEM

Natural cork discs are vaporized and sterilized

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

GLUING

Assembly of agglomerated bodies and discs with grade glue

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

PRODUCTION

CORRECTION OF SIZES

Precise correction of corks sizes

WASHING | MASZONE® SYSTEM

Washing and sterilization

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

DRYING

Final moisture definition

SORTING

Cork sorting according to visual quality

PRINTING

Customized printing on stoppers

FINAL TREATMENT

To facilitate the bottling process

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

 

PACKAGING

 

JUST AS EACH WINE HAS ITS OWN CORK, EACH CORK HAS ITS OWN PACKAGING