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History

  • Founding of Parramon Hermanos, C. B
    In 1956, in Cassà de la Selva (Girona), Francesc Parramon, together with his sons Joan and Tirso, founded the company Parramon Hermanos, C. B. The cork industry transformed the region of Girona and opened the doors to international trade, leading to an influx of innovative and modern ideas.
  • Change of model
    Parramon took over the company’s management. From that moment onwards, the company name was changed to Parramon Exportap, S. L. and it began to increase its market share in Spain, Italy and France, incorporating new technologies into the traditional processes.
  • First expansion
    Parramon took over the company’s management. From that moment onwards, the company name was changed to Parramon Exportap, S. L. and it began to increase its market share in Spain, Italy and France, incorporating new technologies into the traditional processes.
  • International quality certificates
    In 1999, Parramon Exportap obtained its first international certificates, ISO 9001 and SysteCode, which bear witness to the quality and prestige of its products.
  • Corks for distillates
    In 2004, Parramon Exportap began to manufacture distillate corks for the European markets. At the same time, it sent its first exports to Central America.
  • Continuous showering of cork
    In 2006, Parramon Exportap patented its system of continuously showering bundles of cork planks in clean hot water. This innovative system replaced the old process of boiling cork, resulting in a much more thorough cleaning process thanks to which the tannins and organochlorides, which can affect the sensorial qualities, are greatly reduced.
  • The first selection machine with computer vision
    In 2007, the University of Barcelona, Parramon Exportap and other private companies signed an agreement for the creation of a first selection machine using computer vision with lasers. It will be the first of its kind in the cork sector and will fully guarantee the elimination of all defective corks that could cause bottle leakage.
  • Second expansion
    In 2008, Parramon Exportap’s premises were expanded for a second time when the manufacturing floor for the production and finishing of natural cork stoppers for wine was doubled in size.
  • First laser marking machine
    In collaboration with the private industrial sector, Parramon Exportap created the first laser machine for marking cork stoppers. This new system offers a marking quality with a previously unimaginable degree of perfection. In the same year, 2009, the company patented its own system for removing bark from cork, which completely eliminates the possibility of microbiological and organoleptic contamination. This process produces the raw material used to manufacture Microtech stoppers.
  • Third expansion
    In 2010, Parramon Exportap’s facilities were expanded for a third time. A new milling area was built for manufacturing the microgranulate used to produce our Microtech stoppers.
  • Asian markets
    Parramon Exportap has been present in the Japanese market since 2011. It has an international network of 800 customers and its stoppers can be found in some of the best wineries in the world.
  • 3D Technology and the opening up of new markets
    In 2012, Parramon Exportap obtained the first computer vision machine with 3D technology for detecting non-cylindrical stoppers. This same year, the company began to export to the United States, South Africa and Scotland.
  • Fourth expansion and FSC certification
    In 2013, the facilities were expanded for a fourth time. Next to the unit for natural cork stoppers, a new unit was built exclusively for the manufacture of distillate corks: ART’s. This same year, it obtained full FSC certification.
  • Computer vision technology is applied to cork
    In 2014, Parramon have also introduced the first full color spectrum computer vision sorting machine for corks. This type of machine adds to the actual grading capability to detect and remove corks with grey stains caused by mineral during the cork bark growth.