The Amorim Group has made a "hard and difficult" journey through its 150 years of history, which has only been "surpassed by an unwavering desire to do things," Paula Amorim said Thursday.
The statements of the businesswoman were made at an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Amorim Group that took place at Amorim & Irmãos, in Santa Maria de Lamas, where the family's first large cork stopper factory was built.
"We have come to stay and lay the groundwork for another 150 years," Paula Amorim promised, noting that "we survived and surpassed everything. We were bold, visionary, environmentalist at a time when we didn't talk about the environment. We internationalized, we challenged political power" when they didn't let us grow ".
The Amorim Group was founded in 1870 by the grandfather of businessman Américo Amorim, who has been in charge of the 1950s. In the following decades, he diversified his business areas, joining cork with interests in banking, real estate, energy, forest and wines.
Regarding cork, which was the genesis of the group, Paula Amorim pointed out that António Rios Amorim, "a lover of cork (…) is arguably the right manager for this phase of the group", who faces challenges that "demand the best of us" .
At the beginning of the event, Paula Amorim dedicated the first words to her uncle António Ferreira Amorim "for the delivery" and "energy", which "for me and my sisters is a perpetuation of the life of our dear and longing father".
"Américo Amorim was a person of great vision, who was not afraid and liked to take risks," said Paula Amorim, pointing out that the group was born from the union of nine brothers "in growth and in a vision" that gave rise to the "creation of the greatest northern cork factory "in 1870.
After that, the Amorim Group "became a conglomerate with the creation of companies in various sectors and we were the promoters of BCP and we were launching Telecel, now Vodafone", recalled Paula Amorim.
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