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There is a Chemistry bonding us

At CUF, there is a Chemistry bonding us. A passion passed down by the founder of the company, Alfredo da Silva, who has captivated shareholders and employees alike over a period of 150 years.

Today, as before, we manufacture vital chemical products on a daily basis, essential to the wellbeing of the modern society. Inorganic and organic chemical products such as Chlorine and Aniline, Nitric and Sulforic acids and Hydrochloric, Caustic Soda or Nitrobenzene, among others. Products that are present in the purification process of the water we consume, that are used in the pharmaceutical, rubber and paper industries. But, essentially products used as raw materials in the manufacturing of polyurethanes (MDI) and lye.


These products are exported to many parts of Europe: Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Germany are just a few examples, among others. CUF holds the first place in the sale of Aniline in Europe, as an unintegrated producer, and it’s the third biggest Iberian producer of chlorine. We annually export more than 90 percent of our total production. 


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CUF is the biggest Portuguese chemical industry – a company integrated into part of an old and prestigious family based group. But, better than the financial results, CUF polishes values: Innovation, Competence and Human Development. It's considered to be an employer of excellence that works with the main Portuguese universities and has also projects with research centres in Spain, England, Germany and the United States, among others.


Development and Innovation are important to CUF. We work with chemicals of the future at an industrial scale. From Coimbra, new products leave for the whole world, nanostructured materials such as Yttria-stabilized zirconia, manufactured thanks to a developed technology patented by CUF.


This experience accumulated over many generations, this knowledge, that has gone through many industrial and technological revolutions, that reinvented itself through innovation, is the main equity accumulated by CUF. An equity of trust and quality. An equity that is a guarantee for the future.