About Granorte

how it all began

It all began in 1955 when Francisco Rocha, father of 8 children and after many years working as an employee in a cork factory, started a small cork stoppers production. As the business grew, and after a few years working with him, his sons started their own cork industries.
In the seventies the 5 cork factories owned by the family Figueiredo da Rocha were, together, a major producer of cork stoppers. That was when the oldest of the brothers, José, thought it was essential that the family should create value from the cork waste produced by their factories.
So, in 1972, GRANORTE was founded, to recycle the cork waste from the wine cork stoppers manufacturing industry.

From the beginning we have dedicated our attention to product research and development, resulting on innovative production processes and technical excellence.
Our significant know-how in cork allowed us to develop into an expanding producer of technical solutions using cork. Today, GRANORTE is a leading sustainable flooring manufacturer, producer of thrilling environmentally responsible products.