Research & Development and Innovation (R&D+I) is a strategic pillar in the leadership of Corticeira Amorim in its various segments of activity. The company, which is completely focused on improving quality, strengthens knowledge which prioritises the optimisation of processes and technologies and the development of new products and businesses.
What first began with a laboratory, specialised in the development of new products and processes, has reached such a scale that R&D+I currently involves a financial investment of 7.5 million Euros/year and a lot more in state-of-the art technology and exclusive production processes. The challenge to differentiate by quality has led to the discovery of new and unexpected applications for cork and a portfolio that is unparalleled in the sector.
In this field - and in addition to the R&D+ I competences underpinned in all its Business Units - Amorim has a decisive comprehensive and autonomous structure, Amorim Cork Research, which promotes the development of R&D activities.
This business unit of Corticeira Amorim focuses on researching new applications for cork and its components, and increasing processes, with the purpose of achieving excellence in the quality and in the full range of solutions that the company delivers to the market.
It is through Amorim Cork Research that some of the most challenging and unpredictable cork researches are made, being thus responsible for the improvement and enlargement of the cork application field.
The commitment to R&D+I has led to new patents being filed related to processes and products, and Amorim Cork Research is the central structure in which the main guidelines of the research and development activities are defined. Under this business unit, the intellectual property rights of Corticeira Amorim are also protected.