The Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) was awarded the title of Honorary Member of the Order of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Merit – Class of Industrial Merit, by the President of the Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, in the “Closing Session and Awards for Merit of the Innovative Agents of the Itinerary of Local Innovative Communities,’ last Saturday, in São João da Madeira, district of Aveiro.
For the President of the Republic, this attribution is related to the “acknowledgment of the work developed by the association in the past 50 years, in the development of a sector which is fundamental for the country and for the Aveiro region”. In turn, the president of APCOR, António Rios de Amorim, thanked, on his behalf and on behalf of all entrepreneurs and managers that have been through the association, the recognition provided by this organ of sovereignty, stating that “the association will continue to work with the same level of quality so far contributed, in order to increase the level of sectoral development achieved over the years, always focusing on the innovation and quality which has prevailed in the cork sector.”
From left to right: Joaquim Lima, General Director of APCOR, Henrique Veiga de Macedo, president of the General Assembly of APCOR, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Republic, António Rios de Amorim, president of the Direction of APCOR
Photo credits: Luís Filipe Catarino/Presidência da República
APCOR medal as Honorary Member of the Order of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Merit – Class of Industrial Merit
In the site of the presidency you can also read “APCOR is the legitimate representative of the entire national cork industry, and has distinguished itself in the improvement of technical development and research sector, decisively contributing to the foundation of the Cork Technology Center (CTCOR) and to the creation of the Professional Cork Industry Training Centre (CINCORK). It reads on “its excellent work in improving the quality of cork and in its promotion in the external market is recognisable. To it, is accredited the launching and development of the International Code of Cork-stopper Manufacturing Practice and the system of accreditation “Systecode”, various editions of the International Cork Campaign and the launching of the recent international cork promotion Project (Intercork), an important communication and marketing Project, which corresponds to an investment of 21 million Euros.
This session took place at the end of the 1st Journey of the New Itinerary of Local Innovative Communities, held in the geographic space between the Douro and the Vouga, which aimed to show the country case studies of companies and local actions which are considered “innovative responses to the challenges posed by the crisis through initiatives that deserve to be disclosed and properly cherished and encouraged.”
Notes to the editor:
APCOR – Portuguese Cork Association
APCOR’s mission is to represent and promote the Portuguese Cork Industry, with more than 250 members, representing around 80 percent of the total national cork production and 85 percent of all cork exports. APCOR is also responsible for promotional activities, with added value to cork, on both a national and international scale, providing, in addition, an extensive Information Resource Centre on cork.
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