The Company was established in November 1959 between Ernesto Marques Poole da Costa as a silent partner, and his son-in-law Arie Somsen, a Dutch national, who had been working in Cork factories for a couple of years.

Starting as a broker, the Company initiated production of cork stoppers, both cylindrical and conical, and
natural cork blocks for the shoe-business, in the 1960’s, exporting principally to European countries and the USA. In the beginning of the 1970’s the business was extended to the Middle and Far Eastern countries,
South American countries and Australia and New Zealand.

Due to a more liberal World Trade and the further integration of the European countries, there was a concentration in the wine-business with, as a consequence, increased quantities, that the Company could
not and also did not want to handle. Therefore, production was shifted from cylindrical cork stoppers to cork specialities like cork handles for fishing rods, natural cork blocks for the cork flooring industry, cork pieces for musical instruments, and cork gift articles, like coasters, placemats, pin boards etc., maintaining at the same time the production of conical cork stoppers. Arie Somsen meanwhile retired and his son Pieter Somsen, active in the Company since 1988, is actually fully in charge, having introduced new machinery that enables the
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Company to produce almost any type of cork articles both of natural and agglomerated cork. Please call or write Pieter for additional information!