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It was a Caritas childcare transfer to Portugal in 1948 that was to decide the future and career of my father, Gerhard Schiesser. Not only was he allowed to partake in the long-awaited holiday release from war-torn Austria, but he was also to make close contact with the cork producing industrialist AMORIM family. After four years of fruitful work and training (1963-1967) at the cork manufacturing plants of the AMORIMS, he was offered the unique opportunity to establish the GERHARD SCHIESSER GES.M.B.H. as a cork wholesale trader in Austria in 1967along with his Portuguese partner.
Historically speaking, Cork is mentioned the first time in approx. 4500 BC in Egypt as being used to make buoys for fishing. Greeks and Romans used corks as stoppers for pottery vessels. Following the development of the glass bottle in the 18th century, the cork soon triumphs as the bottle closure of choice.