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Over the last 48 years MASILVA has established itself as a cork industry technological leader and its proprietary cork cleaning processes are recognized worldwide.

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INDIVIDUAL CORK TESTING

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SENSORY STANDARDIZATION

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RAW MATERIAL VAPORIZATION

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RAW MATERIAL VAPORIZATION

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ELIMINATION OF MICROORGANISMS

OUR QUALITY

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TCA analysis by GC/MS

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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

Customer satisfaction;
Engaging the 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 increasing the forest area with responsible management through FSC® certification (FSC-C009204);
Continuously improving the organisation‘s environmental performance and preventing pollution.

CERTIFICATION

FSC®

In reply to concerns about global deforestation, the Forest Stweardship 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.

CERTIFICATION

SYSTECODE EXCELLENCE®

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

CERTIFICATION

ISO9001 E ISO22000®

MASILVA is ISO9001 certified, recognizing the efforts made by the organization in assuring the standards of products and services, satisfaction of customers and continuous improvement. MASILVAis the first ever Portuguese cork company to obtain the ISO22000 certification in 2005, showing the market that it has implemented a food safety management system capable of providing safe high quality products.

PRODUCTION FLOW

The strategy and philosophy of MASILVA is to ensure quality from the forest to the final product. MASILVA works closely with contracted forest owners to monitor tree health and quality by testing samples before stripping. Our patented cork cleaning and disinfection systems reduce average TCA levels to below human detectable levels and our quality control team plays a key role in the organization to decide which cork lots are approved or rejected. The quality department´s efforts are backed by accurate protocols and state-of-the-art technology. Third party checks of our process and quality lead to predictable results and continuing performance.

Our organization meets or exceeds the quality standards defined by leading European institutions such as APCOR, C.E. Liège and Systecode. MASILVA produces and delivers the best natural cork stoppers available on the world market, creating the perfect cork stopper-wine. Our efforts encompass a combination of forest management and highly technological processes. In the framework of efforts for forest management and development of forests and sustainable 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

CORK

CORK

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

CORK

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

According to specifications