Copag’s history is directly connected with the playing card market history in Brazil. A pioneer in playing card manufacturing in the Brazilian market, Copag has grown to be one of the key manufacturers worldwide in the playing card segment. The company, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008, was founded in 1908 as Albino Gonçalves e Cia. Importadores by Mr. Albino Gonçalves in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
At its inception, Copag operated as a playing card importer and stationary producer. The company started to manufacture its own playing cards in 1918 and changed its corporate name to Companhia Paulista de Papéis e Artes Gráficas (“COPAG”). The Company's new facilities in Manaus (state of Amazonas, Brazil) started its operations in 1987 and year after year new production processes were added to the plant with investment in printing equipment, automation and productivity gains. Today, the Copag card decks (whether in paperboard or 100% plastic) are available in the five continents and in the most prestigious casinos and championships worldwide, with its competitive quality and prices, always a step ahead of its competitors in the development of new products and technologies.
Throughout these years, Copag won a number of prizes as public recognition. Among these the COPAG 139 deck was awarded the winning prize at the Playing Card Manufacturer International Convention, held in London.
Boldness, competence, cutting-edge technology and a consistent focus on its human resources are part of the routine at Copag. We spare no efforts to develop cutting-edge stance in the markets we serve. As a result of our efforts we were awarded with the ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 Certificates, which shows that the COPAG quality standards were tested and approved by international quality inspection entities. Copag also conducts market research to ensure that its products are up-to-date, innovative and creative, both in design and in manufacturing process, through a team of experts with focus on the market.
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