Research and

JPS CORK GROUP seeks continuous improvement across all of its processes. The focus on Research and Development is a constant in the company with the aim of presenting new solutions to the market, satisfying the most diverse customer needs.

The JPS CORK group is looking to develop several projects for both companies: Jorge Pinto de Sá and SEDACOR.

The Cork-a-Tex Project (Development of Textile Substrates incorporating cork) has an execution period from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. With an investment amount of 426 thousand Euros, the Cork-a-Tex project has as its objective the development of textile substrates with cork incorporation. The aim is to develop innovative, high performance products that simultaneously incorporate the properties of textile substrates and the functional benefits of cork.

The project is financed by QREN, under the Operational Program Competitiveness Factors, in the amount of about 294 thousand Euros, from the European Regional Development Fund. The project has the participation of the promoter SEDACOR – Sociedade exportadora de artigos de cortiça, Lda, and the co-promoters, TÊXTEIS PENEDO S.A., CITEVE – Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxteis e do Vestuário de Portugal and FEUP – Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Engenharia.


The Cork.a.Tex-Yarn Demonstrator Project started on October 1, 2016 and will last 18 months, ending on March 31, 2018. This is a demonstrator project in co-promotion whose framework aims to strengthen the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge to the business sector and is aligned with the priority areas of the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization (RIS3), which are based on successfully completed R&D activities and aim at the industrial validation of knowledge associated with new technologies that can be applied to products, processes and/or systems in order to demonstrate, before a specialized audience and in a real situation, the economic advantages and disseminate the new technology that is intended to spread. The primary objective of Cork.a.tex-Yarn is the scalability, optimization and industrial validation of the innovative concept of yarn coated with cork additives, obtained in the “Cork-a-Tex” project, by increasing production capacity through the construction of a pilot line, with a view to its commercial use. It also aims to demonstrate publicly and in real situations the results obtained and their economic and technical advantages.

The project has an Eligible Investment of 391,569.16 euros, with a financing rate of 62.20%.


Compete2020 Cork Tex Yarn

Project Title: FUN2CORK – Development of multifunctional cork coverings and fabrics

Project code: 10486

Main Objective: The objective of the FUN2CORK project is to develop cork coverings and fabrics with high performance for demanding applications, as well as innovative solutions to renew the image of its products. The FUN2CORK project then aims to endow the cork coverings and cork fabrics produced by SEDACOR with relevant properties for target sectors.

The goal of the FUN2CORK project is to improve the cork coverings and cork fabrics produced by SEDACOR with properties relevant to its target sectors, namely improved resistance to fire and discoloration, in conjunction with integrated electroluminescent lighting.

Intervention region: North and Alentejo


Approval date: 12-04-2016

Start date: 01-04-2016

Completion date: 31-03-2018

Total eligible cost: 269.102,30

Financial support from the European Union: ERDF – 189,041.46 euros

Activities and expected/achieved results:

Main results:

The solutions developed in the scope of this project to improve the technical specifications of cork products for application in walls and textiles, were based on their additivation with functional materials, without causing alteration to their aesthetic and tactile properties. As for the integration of electroluminescent lighting, cork coatings containing structurally modified electroluminescent devices were developed.

The work developed resulted in proofs of concept and prototypes that are currently being implemented in the company’s production cycle.

Publications made:

Trademarkia – registration of the name Fun2Cork(

Collaboration with entities of I&I system:

All the investigation and development work of FUN2CORK project is being developed in straight collaboration with CeNTI – Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials. This close collaboration has proved to be an asset to the realization of this project.

Heimtextil 2018 - Demonstrator

9th International Coating and Laminating Congress - Oral Presentation (2017)

Techtextil (2017) iTechStyle Summit - Oral Presentation (2018)


(Project No. 24523) Objective:

The mobilizing project TexBoost – Less Commodities more Specialities is a structuring project of the Textile: Technology and Fashion Cluster, which aims to encompass a set of R&D initiatives of strong collective character and high inductive and demonstrative effect, with the central involvement of companies from the Textile and Apparel cluster, but also from other complementary sectors of the economy. It has RIOPELE as the leading promoter, under the technical coordination of CITEVE, and is structured in 5 technical PPS (Products, Processes and Services) that aim to develop innovative solutions in different areas and a management PPS.

Investment: 9 ,264,937.52 euros

Eligible Expense: 9 ,229,676.60

Total Incentive: 6 ,364,908.82

Non-refundable Incentive: 6 ,364,908.82 euros

Support Rate: 68.96

Start date: July 01, 2017

End date: June 30, 2020

Project Structure:

TexBoost 1 TexBoost 2

Activities and Expected Results:

TexBoost is organized into 6 PPS’s (one of which is for management, dissemination and exploitation of results) built from 50 core activities from which will result 17 new solutions. The main activities of the project are:

  • Developing a new generation of textile solutions, where the degree of innovation is radical compared to existing products (State of the Art analysis), including the generation of new scientific knowledge.
  • Developing highly innovative products and processes, using emerging and cutting-edge technologies that will enable new experiences for consumers and companies participating in each PPS.
  • Facilitate access by the companies involved to new markets/business areas or the strengthening of current markets/business areas, both nationally and internationally.


– RIOPELE Têxteis, S.A.- Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuário de Portugal; Associação C.C.G. / ZGDV – Centro de Computação Gráfica; P & R – Têxteis, S.A.; L.M.A. – Leandro Manuel Araújo, S.A.; PLUX – Wireless Biosignals, S.A.; INESC-TEC; PAFIL – Confecções, Lda; Fitexar – Fibras Têxteis Artificiais, S.A.; Têxtil António Falcão, S.A.; A. SAMPAIO & Filhos – Têxteis, S.A.; TINAMAR – Tinturaria Têxtil, S.A.; Polisport Plásticos, S.A.; ERT Têxtil Portugal, S.A.; CeNTITVC – Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Técnicos, Funcionais e Inteligentes; ONWORK Technical and Functional Wear, Lda- Leandro Magalhães de Araújo (Filhos), Lda; Possible Answer, S.A.ICETA – Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade do Porto; FITECOM – Comercialização e Industrialização Têxtil, S.A.; F.D.G. – Fiação da Graça, S.A.The University of Beira Interior; COLTEC – Neves & Companhia, Lda; TMG – Tecidos para Vestuário e Decoração, S.A.; INEGI – Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial; SIMOLDES – Plásticos, S.A.; BORGSTENA Textile Portugal, Unipessoal Lda; Instituto de Telecomunicações- Armando da Silva Antunes, S.A.FILASA – Fiação Armando da Silva Antunes, S.A.; DAMEL – Confecção de Vestuário, Lda; Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research; SEDACOR – Sociedade Exportadora de Artigos de Cortiça, Lda; TINTEX – Textiles, S.A.; Têxteis Penedo, S.A.; SOMELOS Tecidos, S.A.; Universidade do Minho; Oldtrading, S.A.; Universidade Católica Portuguesa; C.T.I.C. – Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias do Couro.