The beginning of a story that is 50 years old

Founded in Portugal on October 11, 1969, Cordex's roots and origins can be traced back to the early 1960s.

The story begins with Manuel Armando Pereira, President of the Board of Directors of Cordex, and with a small company called SOFIOS, a producer of cotton yarn for packaging and other yarns in the early 1960's.

As the business grew, SOFIOS started to manufacture sisal ropes and cords. In order to be competitive with the big manufacturers, Manuel Armando knew he had to enter into strategic partnerships and merge with another local company. This is how the story of the founding of Cordex Companhia Industrial Textil S.A.


Agriculture as a focus

Cordex focus was the production of sisal yarn, which is still produced today. But only the production of synthetic ropes in the 70's allowed Cordex to face the competition from other manufacturers during this difficult and turbulent time.



In the 1980s, Cordex began to completely modernize its factory. The entire infrastructure and organization of the company was changed and the production of synthetic baler twine for agricultural use began to pay off. With the focus on reinvestment and continuous modernization, the production of flexible foam also began.


Manufacturing quality recognition

With a solid foundation in place, the 1990s began with strong, steady growth. Cordex continued to expand its product line into industrial rope applications and began producing multifilament yarn using two of the company's latest techniques. High-strength poly-steel was now being manufactured, leading to the production of high-tech yarns in the telecommunications industry; an important consideration for Cordex as the Internet is quickly becoming such an important facility.

In 1997, Cordex received ISO 9002 certification after verifying its commitment to quality products, service and organization. In the same year, CORDEX SGPS (Cordex Group) was founded and investments and strategies in other industries began to take shape.


Entry of Cordex into the Brazilian market

In February 2000 the plan to produce sisal yarn in Brazil was realized. Two years later CORDEBRAS started producing in Salvador Bahia, Brazil. The company brought Cordex much closer to the source of the raw material and enabled a great competitive advantage in the market.


Confirming Cordex as a global company

CORDENET was founded just two years later. The latest looms were bought from Germany and the production of round bale nets was in full swing. This expansion enabled Cordex to offer a complete line of crop product wrapping to a broader audience. In addition to sisal and synthetic yarns, Cordex currently produces bale nets, making it one of the first companies in the world to offer this range of products.

Cordex North America was formed in October 2009 with offices in the United States and Canada to establish long-term relationships with our friends in North America. Today there are fully staffed sales offices in 6 countries around the world including the UK.

Over the past 40 years, Cordex has grown into a small but diverse global company with over 600 employees, selling its products in 55 countries worldwide. As we look forward to a future of new and exciting possibilities, we will continue to develop innovative, value-added products and invest in information technologies that will provide invaluable value to our customers


We are celebrating our 50th anniversary

On October 11, 2019 Cordex celebrates its 50th anniversary.

On this historic date, it is time to remember Cordex's founder, Manuel Armando Pereira, and all those who have selflessly contributed to what Cordex is today.

Manuel Armando founded Cordex on October 11, 1969. His dream was to found a mechanical rope factory and turn it into one of the world's leading manufacturers.

He fulfilled this dream, taking risks and wandering through unknown places, often without a compass.

“We are all visitors of this time, this place. We're just passing through. Our goal is to watch, grow, love... And then we go home. ”

The people at Cordex are enthusiastic, strong and energetic. That makes Cordex a successful company! With this adaptable and positive attitude, growth is inevitable...and that makes Cordex a stronger company.


Cordex Eco – Zero Waste

In 2022, Cordex reaches a milestone in terms of sustainability and is a 𝗭𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 certified company. This certification provides independent assurance that we are committed to responsible waste management policies.

The main goals are based on reduction, reuse and recycling, with a focus on waste management, usually destined for landfills. Through the adoption of actions aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cordex aims to help prevent and combat climate change.


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