Quality and R&D - QREN Projects

 

CORTOBE PROJECT

Purpose: The CORTOBE project aims at developing a barrier to prevent migration of colouring material from cork stoppers into spirits.

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S.A.; FEUP: Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto; Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra and the ARCP: the Polymer Skills Network Association

Start Date: May 1, 2009
Finish Date: April 30, 2012
Investment: 127.935 € 

 

INCORK PROJECT

Purpose: The INCORK project aims at developing new systems for evaluation of natural cork stoppers quality grading with the ultimate goal of achieving higher levels of quality, consistency and performance, both as regards oxygen transmission after bottling or visual quality and exclusion of critical defects.

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S.A. and the Centre of Forest Studies at the Institute of Agronomy of the Technical University of Lisbon (CEF-ISA-UTL). In addition, this project counted also with the collaboration of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), involved as contractual research team.

Start Date: September 1, 2009

Finish Date: February 28, 2013

Investment: 636.194 €

 

BIOACTIVECORK

Purpose: The BIOACTIVECORK project aims at creating value in chemical constituents of cork powder, cork boiling water and black cork condensate components, by developing methodologies of extraction and/or fractionation techniques that can be industrialized. Thus, in the final phase of the project, extracted/purified cork fractions/compounds started to be used as evaluation samples for potential customers/industrial partners belonging to other sectors, such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S. A., Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra and the 3B's Research Group of the University of Minho.

Start Date: January 1, 2010 

Finish Date: March 31, 2013 

Investment: 249.234 €

 

BIOCORK

Purpose: The BIOCORK project aims at designing the industrial application of a new product of natural origin for the surface treatment of cork stoppers and testing migration of phenolic compounds from cork stoppers through that product. The project aims at generating new products or improving performance of existing ones that will allow creating a new value chain with strong expression on the world market.

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S.A. and the Faculty of Science of the University of Oporto

Start Date: September 1, 2010 

Finish Date: January 31, 2014

Investment: 270.576 €

 

SAFECORK

Purpose: The SAFECORK project aims at developing an anti-counterfeiting system for bottled products that is entirely inserted inside natural cork stoppers. The project aims at adding a new feature to cork stoppers.

Type: Individual

Consortium: N/A

Start Date: September 1, 2011

Finish Date: August 31, 2012

Investment: 197.449 €

 

CLEANCORK

Purpose: The CLEANCORK project aims at developing different solutions to eradicate 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole from cork stoppers through in situ treatments and/or control systems to ensure the marketability of cork stoppers with individual TCA levels that are unlikely to affect sensory quality of wines.

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S.A. and the Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering of the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).

Start Date: September 1, 2011

Finish Date: August 31, 2014

Investment: 351.396 €

 

GLUECORK

Purpose: The GLUECORK project aims at developing technical cork stoppers that are 100% natural. The project aims at generating new products and/or improving existing ones, which enable creating a new value chain with strong expression on the world market.

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S.A., the FEUP: Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, the FCT-UNL: Faculty of Science and Technology of the Universidade Nova in Lisbon and the ARCP: The Association of Competence Network in Polymer.

Start Date: January 1, 2013

Finish Date: June 15, 2015

Investment: 314.582 €

 

WINEPROOF

Purpose: The WINEPROOF project emerges subsequent to the SAFECORK project, having the same goal, namely the development of an anti-counterfeiting system for bottled products entirely inserted inside natural cork stoppers.  

Type: Individual

Consortium: N/A.

Start Date: March 1, 2013

Finish Date: June 30, 2014

Investment: 160.064 €

 

WINEPROOF

Purpose: The WINEPROOF project emerges subsequent to the SAFECORK project, having the same goal, namely the development of an anti-counterfeiting system for bottled products entirely inserted inside the natural cork stopper. 

Type: Individual

Consortium: N/A.

Start Date: March 1, 2013

Finish Date: June 30, 2014
Investment: 160.064 €

 

NEWTREATCORK

Purpose: The aim of the NewTreatCork project is to develop innovative products for the surface treatment of cork stoppers. 

Type: Individual

Consortium: N/A.

Start Date: September 1, 2013

Finish Date: June 30, 2015

Investment: 490.772 €

 

TOPCORK

Purpose: The aim of the TopCork project is to develop a new generation of Bartop cork stoppers.

Type: Individual

Consortium: N/A

Start Date: November 1, 2013

Finish Date: April 30, 2015

Investment: 361.876 €

 

NEWCORK

Purpose: The NEWCORK project aims at producing wine cork stoppers from woody materials, whose properties are similar to cork. The project aims at generating new products and/or improving existing ones, which enable creating a new value chain with strong expression on the international market. 

Type: Co-promotion

Consortium: Amorim & Irmãos, S.A. and the Centre of Forest Studies of the School of Agronomy of the Technical University of Lisbon (CEF-ISA-UTL).

Start Date: January 1, 2014

Finish Date: June 30, 2015

Investment: 346.930 €

Project publications:
Ferreira et al., Ind Crops Prods 74 (2015), 998-1007,
  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.05.065
Ferreira et al., Holzforschung (2015), oap,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/hf-2015-0119