NATURALLY WITH THE BEST CORK STOPPERS
For more than 49 years, we have been dedicating ourselves to our life project – MASILVA – with a mission that goes far beyond the production of cork stoppers. We are privileged to be at the forefront of the cork industry, in a symbiotic relationship between nature and industry. Whenever we take care of nature, she rewards us with quality, and all the quality of nature, we transform into corks. The years go by, the context changes, challenges change, but there is one thing that never changes: our focus on being the national and international reference in the quality production of cork stoppers, customer service, sustainability and innovation. The values that mark our knowledge, boldness and entrepreneurship in the sale of cork stoppers all over the world are passed down from generation to generation, with the integrity that the market recognises us for. Our portfolio of cork stoppers is vast, where quality speaks louder than any other characteristic. It is in the diversity of each wine and sparkling wine that we find the opportunity for the diversity of our cork stoppers. The more we evolve, the more we challenge ourselves to evolve. And, at the end of the day, everyone is rewarded: employees, clients, and our honourable nature.
0 YearsExperience in cork
0 MillionCorks produced in 2020
0 Industrial UnitsAcross the World
1972Year of the foundation of the group, with the incorporation of the company by its current CEO, Manuel Alves da Silva.
1975In 1995, the group invested in a company laboratory to meet the different demands of the markets in which it operates. In 1999, Manuel Alves da Silva invested in creating a company dedicated to the production of technical cork stoppers, hence the emergence of MASILVA 2 – Cortiças, S.A.
2000In 2000, a new phase of international expansion began, with the establishment of a local cork-finishing facility in the United States, MASILVA Corks USA, LLP.
2002/4In 2002, MASILVA France S.A.S. is founded as a strong investment in the German market, through an exclusive agent with a significant market presence. In 2004, with the development of markets and an emphasis on the vertical integration of the production chain, a considerable investment was made in the creation of M. A. Silva 3 – Cortiças, S.A.
2005/7/9In 2005 and 2007, respectively, the company obtained the ISO 22000 standard and purchased new gas chromatography and mass spectrometry equipment for its laboratory. In 2009, new steps were taken towards internationalisation, with the establishment of MASILVA Cortiças do Brasil Ltda., MASILVA Corks Australasia, Pty, LLP and Importadora de Corchos MASILVA Chile, Lda.
2011In 2011, MASILVA Garzón Spain, SL. was created in order to respond to the demands of the local wineries, and to enable a more direct and effective expansion in the Spanish market, which until then had been managed through agents.
2013In order to meet the customer service requirements of the Spanish market, the distribution unit MASILVA & Garzón, S.L. opened new facilities in Logroño, Spain, with an area of around 2,000 m2.
2014The MASILVA 3 – Cortiças, S.A. unit and raw material centre was expanded by 40,000 m2 of available area, for cork storage (total 70,000 m2).
2015MASILVA Cortiças do Brasil Ltda. obtained the ISO9001 and ISO22000 certifications. MASILVA Corks USA (Santa Rosa, CA) expanded its plant by 8,000 m2. This new unit uses only solar energy.
2016MASILVA Portugal launched the Onebyone® technology in January 2016, offering clients a guarantee of TCA-free cork stoppers. This fully automated process is based on cutting edge technology using a gas-phase spectroscopy system, and is available for high-end cork stoppers for Premium wines. With this new technology, corks are inspected one by one, to detect any trace of TCA, leaving no margin for human error.
2017On 20 July 2017, the new facilities dedicated to the production of technical and sparkling wine corks were inaugurated by the President and Founder of the MASILVA group, Manuel Silva, and the Mayor of Santa Maria da Feira, Emídio Sousa, in Mozelos – MASILVA 2 – Cortiças, S.A.
2019This year was marked by the development of a new cutting edge technology – Neotech® – which revolutionised the market, with an innovative process of controlled steam and pressure, which expels TCA and other volatile compounds from the cork granules. This technology makes it possible to preserve the natural characteristics of the cork stopper, without mechanical intervention, eliminating granule stratification and guaranteeing uniformity in the performance of the natural characteristics of cork.
2020In February, MASILVA Portugal launched the Neotech® technology, guaranteeing TCA-free cork stoppers, the elimination of granule stratification and greater uniformity in the performance of the natural characteristics of cork.
As a major player in the cork industry, MASILVA guarantees full traceability of the production process, from the tree to the final product.
CORK: FROM TREE TO STOPPER
Both the production process of natural cork stoppers and technical cork stoppers begins with the stripping of the cork, followed by TCA control by GC/MS, stabilisation in the yard, and sterilisation and disinfection of the cork planks in a steam pressure system – the Dynavox® technology.
Next, another TCA control by GC/MS is carried out; another stabilisation period after boiling; and only then the first planks are selected for production.
Natural cork stoppers start the process with the scraping and punching of a single piece of cork; the stoppers go through an advanced system of vaporisation and sterilisation – the Sara Advanced technology® – one of the most innovative on the market. After dehumidification there is another TCA control by GC/MS.
Technical cork stoppers are produced from cork granules, from carefully selected raw materials, steamed and sterilised by our latest cutting edge technology – Neotech®. After sterilisation, a new GC/MS TCA control is performed, followed by the production of agglomerated bodies, which undergo a GC/MS TCA control.
Following the production of agglomerated bodies, the natural cork discs are produced, and then sterilised using the Sara Advanced® technology and subject to another TCA control by GC/MS. The agglomerated bodies and discs are then glued together using food glues. Finally, another TCA control by GC/MS is performed.
In the last phase of the production process, both for natural and technical cork stoppers, the exact dimensions are corrected, and the stoppers are washed and sterilised using the Maszone® technology. Then, a new TCA control by GC/MS is carried out, and the stoppers are dried and sorted by visual qualities, customised with printing, treated to facilitate bottling, and finally, subject to another TCA control by GC/MS. The process ends with packaging, according to the client’s specifications.
OUR CORK AT THE SERVICE OF OUR CORK STOPPERS
A GOOD FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Cork processing is a sector with firm roots in the Portuguese industry and economy for more than two centuries.
An industry driven by the good relationship between glass bottles and cork stoppers, which, in addition to contributing to the conservation and ageing of wines, provide unique experiences for consumers.
Growing concern for the environment, awareness of the climate emergency and public concern about CO2 emissions have accelerated the development of cork stopper production. Stripped cork oaks absorb 3 to 5 times more carbon dioxide than unstripped trees.
Cork is nature’s most noble material, and a gift that can be transformed into sustainable products.
Its unique characteristics – versatility, lightness, elasticity, compressibility, resistance, watertightness – are increasingly valued all over the world. No other raw material has such complete intrinsic properties as cork.
It was in line with the tradition and unrivalled characteristics of cork that, in 1972, Manuel Alves da Silva, founder and current CEO of MASILVA, decided to create
our company, dedicated exclusively to the production of cork stoppers.
A family-owned company, with a serious commitment to quality, which has been internationalising and growing very solidly since the 1970s, across generations and territories.
MASILVA’s business strategy and actions are all focused on quality, and the company has always invested in research, development & innovation, in partnership with different entities and renowned European universities. MASILVA has been awarded several prizes and distinctions, mainly due to the cutting edge technologies that guarantee the eradication of TCA – Onebyone®, Sara Advanced® and Neotech®.
The main objectives of the MASILVA group are to consolidate its position in mature markets and reach new markets, encouraged by the higher value of its raw material, cork.
M. A. Silva 3 – Cortiças, S.A.
Z.I de Alter do Chão
Lotes 47 e 48 – Apartado 100
7440-999 Alter do Chão
Tel.:+351 245 619 230
DPF – Indústria de Aglomerados de Cortiça, Lda.
Mata – Rio Meão
4536-906 – Paços de Brandão
Tel.:+351 227 471 290
Forestal Iberica M. A. Silva S.L.
C/ Polig. Carrascal, Parc 14
01308 Lanciego (Alava)
Tel.:+34 625 624 687
M. A. Silva – Cortiças, S.A.
Rua Central das Regadas – Apartado 62
Tel.: +351 227 471 360
M. A. Silva 2 – Cortiças, S.A.
Rua da Ronocar – N.º 160
Tel.: +351 227 471 360
M. A. Silva & Garzón, S.L.
Polígono de Carrascal.
Parcela nº 14, 01308 Lanciego
Tel.: +34 945 625 040
M. A. Silva Corks Australasia, PTY. LTD.
11 Bradmill Avenue
Rutherford NSW 2320
Tel.:+61 02 4932 0165
M. A. Silva Cortiças do Brasil Ltda.
Rua Érico Veríssimo, 50
Bairro Garibaldina – Garibaldi – RS
Tel.: +55 54 3463 8145
Importadora de Corchos M. A. Silva Chile, Ltda.
Santiago do Chile
Tel.: +56 998 223 902
M. A. Silva Corks (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
Room No.2031, HUA-OU
Aviation Support Center
Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone
Shunyi District, Beijing 101312
Tel.: +86 186 1174 7939
M. A. Silva France S.A.S.
Z.I. La Coupe
29, Avenue Gustave Eiffel
11100 Narbonne, France
Tel.: +33 046 870 1934
M. A. Silva Corks USA
3433 Westwind Boulevard
Tel.: +1 707 636 2530 | +1 877 689 7676