On this site, we wish to give you an overview of who we are, our history, the structure of our organization, our competitive advantages in the world of cork, our areas of business, our products, quality and innovation. Among all this information, we cannot fail to mention that, being a family business in its 3rd generation, we operate dynamically in international markets, constantly updating and taking an innovative attitude, which is reflected in our ranges, which include stoppers, flooring, coverings, particleboard, insulation and fabrics, among other cork specialities. The business areas into which we are structured reflect our areas of expertise and the vertical integration of our business, where cork is king. It forms the basis of our corporate image. We are among the world's largest producers and distributors of cork and we have been trading for many years. Our success, confirmed by our Certifications, is due to our constant focus on people, technologies and research and development. This results in loyal customers and new customers from all over the world. This is our world, to which we welcome you. We hope you will have a pleasant visit.

Jorge Mendes Pinto de Sá Presidente

The JPSCORKGROUP has been engaged in cork since 1924. Our businesses have been structured into business areas for effective management of the cork business. The central business area of​the group is Industry, which produces cork articles. It is composed of Jorge Pinto de Sá, Lda. and SEDACOR - Sociedade Exportadora de Artigos de Cortiça, Lda., operating from several factories located in Portugal. A new area of growing importance groups partner companies and subsidiaries abroad, which finish, market and Distribute cork products, leveraging the International business. The area Investments and Holdings, includes the group’s strategic and technological partnerships. The Real Estate sector emerges as an extension of the group's interests resulting from its main business.
  • We are among the world's largest producers in the cork industry in terms of quantity and quality;
  • Family-based, three generations are involved in production processes using modern and competitive management;
  • Many years of experience in the cork business;
  • Tradition and technology, giving high-level performance: traditional collection and selection of cork in conjunction with the most modern technology available in the sector;
  • Innovation guaranteed by R&D highly qualified in technology and human resources. Tests and guarantees the quality of products, improves their characteristics, creates new forms of manufacture,
  • invents new products and applications for cork;
  • Vertically integrated, we control, make profitable and guarantee the quality of processes, from acquisition and selection of cork to the manufacture and marketing of products;
  • As a result of this vertical integration, we offer competitive prices;
  • Committed to customers and their loyalty, and we work with them to ensure high performance;
  • Diversity of cork products, with a full range of cork stoppers, granulated cork, agglomerated cork, insulation, floor and wall coverings, fabrics and cork speciality products;
  • Extensive production capacity, ensuring speed and timely delivery;
  • Certifications attest to our real Quality;
  • 1924 - At 18 years of age, Mr. Jorge Pinto de Sá starts the business of processing cork, exclusively engaging in the manufacture of natural cork stoppers for sale in the Portuguese market.
  • 1955 - Significant increase in exports. Driven by the conquest of new markets, from 1955, the company starts a period of major expansion.
  • 1975 - Construction of a new factory, located in an area covering around 20,000 m2, gives new impetus to the development of the company. This new plant significantly increased productive capacity and provided storage for raw materials.
  • The company SEDACOR Sociedade Exportadora de Artigos de Cortiça, Lda. is established, with the initial aim of producing and selling cork products not intended for the wine industry.
  • 1979 - On 7 June 1979, Mr. Jorge Pinto de Sá “passes the baton” to his children, who have been following the management of the company since they were very young. The limited company Jorge Pinto de Sá, Lda. is then incorporated.
  • 1989 - Noting the importance of quality control and the need for Research and Development into new products and processes, a modern laboratory to support the Quality Department is created, and simultaneously the department of R&D.
  • 1993 - SEDACOR acquires a waste cork processing plant, thus extending the scope of its activity to granulated and agglomerated cork products. The Pinto de Sá family, owner of the companies Jorge Pinto de Sá, Lda and SEDACOR, Lda, decides to unify the development strategies of both companies, giving rise to JPSCORKGROUP. The creation of the group allowed each company to engage in specialized production and, therefore, the optimization of production processes, with a consequent increase in overall efficiency.
  • 1995 - Fruit of strategic thinking, a major investment project begins aimed at streamlining and optimizing existing resources, increasing productivity and productive capacity and diversifying the products manufactured. A 5-year project was drawn up affecting all factories of the group.
  • 2000 - Following the strategy of product diversification, a new factory, Sedacor – Unit II, is created for the production of blocks and sheets of agglomerated cork.
  • 2001 – Continuing the goal of vertical integration of the group and, in order to control the entire production process, a new plant is built in Ponte de Sor, in the heart of the Portuguese cork forest. This new factory is located on a plot of land with an area of around 60,000 m2. There, raw materials for the various plants are selected and prepared. With this new plant we reinforced the control and traceability of raw materials, providing improved warranties to our customers.
  • 2003 – Certification by the new ISO 9001:2002 standard.
  • 2004 – Incorporation of a new and revolutionary cork sterilization process into the production process to reduce TCA.
  • 2006 – Installation of individual moulding machines for the production of cork stoppers for wine and champagne.
  • 2008 – Certification by the new ISO 9001:2008 standard.
  • New investments in production and laboratory: acquisition of new GC-MS chromatograph, expansion of the central laboratory, comprehensive modernization of equipment and facilities.
  • 2010 - Sedacor develops a pioneer a range of innovative cork fabrics for various applications, including the first football  in Cork, getting the GAPI Award - innovative material of the year for the footwear sector, by  the Footwear Technology Centre of Portugal  (CTCP).
  • 2011 – FSC Certification in all units of JPSCorkGroup.
  • 2012 - Production of floating floors begins. First presence with  a brand own stand in international events.
  • 2013 – Global presentation of new proposals in cork flooring and cork wall covering through the brands DIVINA and Cork My Way.
  • 2014 - World release of the first mattresses with cork by “Lusocolchão”, in partnership with Sedacor which developed all the respective cork solutions (interior and exterior).
  • 2015 - Sedacor develops, with its partners, the first cork yarn with cotton and receives the “Inova Textil Award” - Innovative Product of the year,  with the product "Cork-to-tex" , from the Technological Institute for the Textile and Clothing business (CITEVE). It’s also finalist for the international award "Future Materials Awards 2015 ", in sustainable products.
  • Product Design World Award: Red Dot Award 2015 for the bathroom Sink "Nature", with cork fully developed by Sedacor.
  • 2016 - The JPS Group emphasizes investment in Innovation, Production capacity and Internationalization, exporting to over 50 countries around the world.
  • Sedacor’s wall coverings and cork fabrics are selected for Home textiles global trends.
  • JPS (Jorge Pinto de Sá) launches the new natural cork stopper “JP Natur SP”.
  • Sedacor Launches the first cork roll flooring: ”Divina Corkoleum”.
Resulting from the ISO Certification process, Jorge Pinto de Sá Lda. uses the following guidelines for the entire Group:


Mission

The JPScorkgroup strives to produce and sell cork products that meet the needs of its customers, ensuring reliability, flexibility and competitive quality standards, follow-up and after sales service in order to exceed customer expectations.

Vision

To establish long-term relationships with our stakeholders, ensuring their satisfaction and contributing to the domestic and international success of JPSCorkGroup. To be the partners chosen by our customers in investigating solutions and specialized technical support in cork products, being aware of the added value that experience and the skills acquired together represent.

Values

  • To exceed the expectations of domestic and international customers in terms of products and competitive prices.
  • To be distinguished by the quality of our products.
  • Constant technological and technical development in products and processes.
  • Continuous improvement in the product range through ongoing Research and Development.
  • To ensure the development of employees’ skills and their involvement in the quality, environment and health & safety processes.
  • Compliance with applicable regulations.

Jorge Pinto de Sá, Lda.

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Sedacor I

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Sedacor II

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Sedacor III

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The cork tree (Quercus Suber L) is the cork tree, this being its bark. Withdrawal to cork after a growth of 25 years, and in cycles of 9 years, the cork tree presents us with a raw material of unique characteristics, the cork. The reason for these wonderful capabilities lies in the cellular structure of your cells. The cork oak or cork oak, which is found in forests or forests, lives up to 200 years, growing mainly in the Mediterranean regions. Portugal is, however, the largest producer and transformer of cork in the world. grupo-site
Its cellular structure, similar to honey collecting cells, gives cork unique and inimitable qualities in several areas of application. It is 100% natural, recyclable and renewable, a raw material of trend, in line with the requirements of preservation of the environment. celulas-cortica-e-alveolos-de-mel(1)Thanks to the cellular structure of cork it is still...
  1. Of enormous lightness
  2. Impermeable to liquids and gases
  3. Elastic and compressible
  4. Resilient, with excellent recoverability to original shape after pressure
  5. Thermal and acoustic insulation of outstanding capacities
  6. Slow combustion
  7. Resistant to friction
These features make it unparalleled for various industries.

Construction

The granules and agglomerates, white, black or rubber, derive from natural cork, leftovers and wastes, being ideal for insulation, anti-vibration material, joints, coatings and floors subject to heavy traffic, decoration, etc. Meet our offers and excellent characteristics for this sector in Granules, Particle Board, Insulation, Coatings and Flooring.dscf0689

Wine Market

Corks of numerous calibers and formats are available to wine producers, for bottling and guaranteeing the tightness of the wine in the bottle. Between natural cork stoppers and technical cork stoppers, visit our cork stoppers.grupo-site(1)

Fashion industry - footwear and textiles

It is fashionable with footwear and soles and heels in cork and with cork replacing the leather. Our offer includes supplies for the footwear, textile and leather goods industry, for suitcases, cases, backpacks and cork pastes. Discover our offer in Cork fabrics and Cork specialties.grupo-site2

Sport

From granules and agglomerates, applications in sport include balls for various sports, such as football, hockey, cricket, etc. Discover our offer in Cork Specialties.img_1995201024x7681

Other Applications

Cork for memo boards, packaging, trays, computer components, protective helmets, fishing activity, etc. Discover our offer in Cork Specialties.tabuleiros_bx

New Applications

Architects and designers look at this raw material in a new way, creating innovative applications in terms of sustainability and eco-design. Consult us about the feasibility of your innovative cork project.grupo-site-3

Automotive industry

Cork has excellent characteristics for the automotive industry, both for mechanical components (joints) and for interiors (upholstery and decoration). Discover our offer in Cork Specialties.
Implementamos actividades orientadas para o ambiente e para as pessoas, sobre as quais é construída a nossa política de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa:
 

O montado de sobro, comunidade local e desenvolvimento nacional

Contribuímos para a sustentabilidade do montado e da economia local com a aquisição de matéria-prima, assegurando a vida das populações em áreas geográficas menos favorecidas. A cortiça é um dos sectores mais importantes para as exportações de Portugal, sendo o JPSCorkGroup um dos mais fortes exportadores do sector.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ecossistema e biodiversidade

A actividade do grupo contribui para a manutenção da floresta (e, logo, retenção de 4,8 milhões de toneladas por ano de CO2), auxiliando na preservação da fauna e da flora características e exclusivas.

Eco-efficiency of the industry

São muitas as razões da nossa eco-eficiência industrial:
  • Sub-produtos das florestas de sobro, não aproveitadas para rolhas, são usadas na nossa indústria para granulados, aglomerados, isolamentos revestimentos e pavimentos;
  • Desperdícios e sobras da produção de rolhas são igualmente reutilizadas num largo número de aplicações;
  • O pó de cortiça resultante do manuseamento da cortiça é reutilizado como energia nas nossas unidades industriais;
  • Tratamos os nossos resíduos e minimizamos as emissões de CO2;
“Distinguished by the quality of our products” is one of our values. Therefore, more than a department, Quality is an attitude within the organization, confirmed by our Certifications.
 
This attitude pervades all stages of our industrial activity:
  • Inspection of raw material
  • Manufacturing autonomy
  • Final inspection
The Quality department is equipped with the latest technology and qualified personnel to perform all kinds of tests on cork products and perform the necessary research and development to continually improve products and processes.
  • PMC Lab – Physical, mechanical and chemical tests
  • Chromatography Lab
  • Microbiology Lab

Inspection of raw material, in the cork oak forest

estaleiro As a result of extensive experience, in the heart of the forest we only acquire cork that assures the end quality of our products. Rigorous quality control begins with inspection of the raw material as soon as it arrives at the manufacturing units.

Manufacturing autonomy

At all stages of the production process, factory workers have autonomy, which is subject to registration, as provided in the quality manuals of each product.

 

Final Inspection

Samples are taken of the batches of finished products in the final inspection warehouses according to prepared sampling plans, and tests are performed that prove the reliability of the products and their conformity with datasheets.

After performing all tests, the Quality department approves and releases the product for shipment.

We are an innovative company in the cork sector.

In the manufacturing processes, which we continually improve, in the enhancing of product attributes, in the creation of new applications for traditional products and in the introduction of new products.

The R&D department is the centre of innovation, supported by the entire organization under a more comprehensive and inclusive concept. It is, therefore, a department with the most advanced and up-to-date technological resources in the cork market and includes highly qualified human resources.