Innovating for Enhanced Natural Cork

Like you, we understand the unique privilege of working with an agricultural product. In our pursuit of providing the highest quality natural cork stopper possible, M. A. Silva invests in research and constantly innovates at every step in the process. 

“Our investment in new technology is an investment in our customers. M. A. Silva’s ongoing research and development ensures that our packaging solutions are best in class.”

Neil Foster, President and Co-Founder

Immediately After Harvest

M. A. Silva corkwood is seasoned and stablized for a minimum of 6 months. It is then placed inside our proprietary Dynavox® boiling system to extract TCA, anisoles, and phenols. 

The Dynavox system utilizes a closed chamber to boil cork planks under high pressure. The pressure allows the cleaning solution temperature to maximize its effectiveness, while maintaining the stability of the corkwood.

During Processing

Sara Advanced® is M. A. Silva’s state-of-the-art technology developed to sterilize and improve the quality of natural cork stoppers. Agglomerated corks undergo the proprietary NeoTech® process. 

Our newest innovative cleansing process uses the elastic memory of cork by expansion through dry steam. This technology penetrates deep into the pores while maintaining the natural performance properties of the cork cellular structure. The result is maximized neutrality and TCA reduction in both natural corks and cork discs.

* Releasable TCA content at or below the 0.5 ng/L detection limit; analysis performed in accordance to ISO 20752.

Empty he

Finished corks

M. A. Silva leveraged the latest technology in its development of the proprietary Maszone® system; a cleansing stage for finished corks. 

The Maszone system uses ozone and hydrogen peroxide as primary treating agents to further reduce organic impurities and compounds off flavors. Our proprietary washing system also enhances cork appearance by creating a cleaner and more uniform cork surface, allowing finer quality cork printing.

Final Inspection

For ultra-premium wine packaging, M. A. Silva’s proprietary OnebyOne® technology, inspects each natural cork individually to detect traces of TCA*.

The powerful technology behind OnebyOne® was developed in collaboration with top European universities over a period of three years of R&D. The result is a fully automated process, utilizing the principles of gas phase spectroscopy.

Integrated Sourcing

Our supply chain is 100% vertically integrated, fully traceable and ISO9001 certified. All cork entering our US facility is scrutinized and tested before it is placed in inventory.

Working with our dedicated team of cork experts, you can be confident that your requirements, schedules, and specifications will be met to your standards. We know timing is crucial in winemaking, and we’ll go the extra mile to ensure your packaging is ready when you need it.

Reliable. Perfect. Proven. 

Let's Start the Conversation

How can M. A. Silva help you? 

Thank you for your interest in our tech sheets. Before you download, please let us know who are.