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QUALITY

50000


TCA analysis by GC/MS

300000


Sensory analysis


MISSION

To produce reliable products for sealing high-quality, demanding alcoholic beverages, aimed at economic and social results pursued as an organization.


VISION

To be a reference cork stopper-making company that stands out for the products it places on the market and for its attitude of being close to and concerned not only about the end consumer's food safety, but also for sustainable forest management.


VALUES

Culture
Quality

Ambition
Confidence

Dedication
Innovation


MANAGEMENT
POLICY

Customer satisfaction. Employees and suppliers involved in attaining the company's objectives and those of the food chain. Always working according to the best stopper-making practices, to ensure the cork's properties as a natural product in contact with foods. Producing cork stoppers that conform to legal and statutory requirements, as well as those pertaining to the quality management system and food safety. Continuously improving the organization, ensuring the communication model in the cork stopper production chain. Contributing toward increasing the responsibly managed forest area through the FSC® plan.

FOREST AND SUSTAINABILITY


Cork is manually removed using traditional tools, minimizing environmental impact and improving the tree's health. As proof that or methods work, are cork forests are flourishing and the total farming area with cork oaks is expanding every year. Oak forests remove CO2 (greenhouse gas) from the air as they grow. In Portugal, these forests are varied , have healthy habitats, and support a wide variety of plants and animals, including endangered species, such as the Iberian lynx.

The cork is processed in Portugal at the MASilva3 facilities, in the heart of the Alentejo forest, where it grows, minimizing shipping costs and the carbon footprint. The water used at the facilities for boiling the cork is recycled and filtered, and our patented cleaning and sterilization processes never involve chlorine or alcohol. One of our key responsibilities at MASilva is to actively foster sustainable forestation practices across southern Portugal. The districts in the Alentejo and the Algarve provide a near-perfect combination of climate and soil, with more cork-oak trees growing in this region than in any other region on the planet, producing over 50 % of the world's cork.

Cork is manually removed using traditional tools, minimizing environmental impact and improving the tree's health. As proof that or methods work, are cork forests are flourishing and the total farming area with cork oaks is expanding every year. Oak forests remove CO2 (greenhouse gas) from the air as they grow. In Portugal, these forests are varied , have healthy habitats, and support a wide variety of plants and animals, including endangered species, such as the Iberian lynx. The cork is processed in Portugal at the MASilva3 facilities, in the heart of the Alentejo forest, where it grows, minimizing shipping costs and the carbon footprint. The water used at the facilities for boiling the cork is recycled and filtered, and our patented cleaning and sterilization processes never involve chlorine or alcohol. One of our key responsibilities at MASilva is to actively foster sustainable forestation practices across southern Portugal. The districts in the Alentejo and the Algarve provide a near-perfect combination of climate and soil, with more cork-oak trees growing in this region than in any other region on the planet, producing over 50 % of the world's cork.

IN THE HEART
OF THE FOREST

CERTIFICATIONS

FSC® CERTIFICATION

In reply to concerns about global deforestation, the Forest Stweardship Council® was established to increase responsible management of forests worldwide. M.A.Silva Cortiças Lda is one of the few companies that were successful in obtaining this restricted certification under code number SA-COC-002297, for natural and colmated stoppers.

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SYSTECODE PREMIUM CERTIFICATION

The Systecode Premier Certification has been awarded to MASilva, according to the highest sector demands.

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ISO9001 AND ISO22000 CERTIFICATION

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 ISO2000 certification in 2005, showing the market that it has implemented a food safety management system capable of providing safe high quality products.

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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

NATURAL CORK STOPPERS

CORK PLANK CUTTING

Planks are cut into strips.

PUNCHING

Punching of cork strips.

PRE-DRYING

First moisture level definition.

GC / MS TCA CONTROL

TECHNICAL CORK STOPPERS

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.

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

According to specifications.