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Founded in 1944, Atlantis –Cristaisde Alcobaça, S.A. early decided to target the foreign markets.
From 1952, Atlantis began to export glass articles to USAand England. Partially due to the importance that the export market represented for the company, Atlantis increased its production considerably. About 75% of the total productive capacity was destined for the export market. The production was based on the conception of manufactured pieces, white and coloured, with simple cuts.
In 1972, the factory was transformed in order to produce crystal –the Atlantis Crystal, full-leaded and manually produced. Atlantis Crystal was introduced into the American market, in the same year. The business was then divided into 2 units: the crystal, produced in Alcobaça, and the glass, produced in MarinhaGrande.
The introduction of Atlantis Crystal in the USA was an enormous success due to the excellent price/quality relation and the differentiation of the modern and innovative design. This achievement enabled Atlantis to triple its crystal productive capacity, reaching in 1974 a daily production of 7,5 tons. Thus opening doors to new markets.
The exploitation of the Portuguese market began in the seventies. This market, which until then received, almost only, exceeds of production, now saw it’s first store opening in the Vila of Cascais.
In the 80’s another 7 Atlantis stores are launched. And from 1994 the priority was the fast increase of the Atlantis store network, which in 6 years went from 8 to 23 stores.
Due to the quality and flexibility of its production, Atlantis is also, frequently contracted for outsourcing. Producing for several prestigious brands, such as Waterford Crystal, Baccarat and Saint Louis.
In May 2001, Atlantis merged with Vista Alegre, creating a holding (VAA –Vista Alegre Atlantis S.G.P.S., S.A.). This process originated the largest national tableware group, which because of its size is also the 6th largest group in the world of the sector. The resulting holding acts in areas so diverse as crystal, hand-made glass, porcelain tableware, giftware and hotel ware, ceramic insulators, earthenware, mining resources, retail and distribution networks.
found this at st vinnes a couple of days ago and paid $3.00 for it, ill use it as a flower vase . it is signed and very hard to get pic of.