About Us

We have our name on the door

We are a family-owned company which began as a tannery back in 1917 – over a hundred years ago – run by a team of managers with a long-term perspective and a high degree of corporate citizenship, including fourth generation descendants of the founders.

Values

The long term


We have a long history as a family-owned business, and our dreams go far. We know that for our dreams to come true we have to constantly reinvent ourselves and excel day after day, and we love that challenge.
Corporate citizenship


We fuel a sense of ownership and mutual responsibility at all levels of the business, sharing a common feeling of commitment and personal fulfilment.
Respect


We care, we love helping others and each other, with respect and dignity, and we love a good fair fight: these are the bases for building trust and thriving on a mutually rewarding network made up of countless interdependent players.
Safety and social commitment

We look at the business as being much more than just profit and loss: our People, their safety and well-being, and our Community are part of our balance sheet and the world’s best practices are our benchmark.

History

Venture along our path over time

1917

Origin of the business as a leather tanning industry

   

1937

Manuel Alves Monteiro and António de Bessa Ribas acquire the business in partnership with Borges & Irmão Bank

  

The 1950s

The company becomes the recognised leader in the Portuguese leather industry

  

The 1960s

Diversification into other industries under the leadership of Josué Monteiro and Durval Mena: 

Rubber sheets for the footwear industry, artificial leather, technical rubber parts and flexible packaging

The 1970s

The company becomes one of the 100 biggest companies in Portugal

  

The 2000s

Decline in the tanning industry, bringing the company close to bankruptcy

  

The 2010s

Redirection of the company into flexible packaging

  

2015-2020

Diversification into cardboard packaging

 

Key Figures

2019

€ 75m

Consolidated turnover

70%

Exports

€ 38,5m

5-year accumulated investment

50%

Financial autonomy

€ 2,6m

Taxes paid in 2019

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