António Almeida Cortiças, follows a policy of continuous improvement, fully guaranteeing the high standards of quality of its products. We believe that Quality starts in the forest, in the permanent monitoring of the development of cork oak forests. António Almeida Cortiças has a team that specialises in ensuring raw material of high quality for the manufacture and supply of high performance corks.
The Quality Policy of António Almeida Cortiças has been implemented for many years and covers the whole production area. The company has an internal laboratory fully equipped with the latest analysis and control technology and managed by highly qualified technical staff. Sampling methodologies and demanding testing protocols are continually put into practice, in line with the procedures followed by the main laboratories from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and the United States. The standardisation of criteria and methodologies and the critical analysis of the results validate the quality control work from the company’s Quality Department.
The Quality Control of António Almeida Cortiças does not only analyse the finished product. During the process, strict control tests are carried out daily to the cork planks before and after boiling, granulate and discs both before and after disinfection of stoppers in process. The internal laboratory of António Almeida Cortiças is an essential foundation for the continuous improvement program and the search for innovative solutions that meet the needs of an increasingly demanding market. The internal R&D program relies on the participation of external laboratories, universities and colleges, providing the on-going projects with dynamism and technical support. As recognition, António Almeida Cortiças has been awarded with the following certifications:
- ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 22000:2005 – Integrated Quality Management and Food Safety System by APCER
- SYSTECODE PREMIUM by Bureau Vèritas
- Certificate of Conformity PT-BIO-02 by ECOCERT