In 1979, Margaret Thatcher becomes new UK’s prime minister, Apocalypse Now and Kramer vs. Kramer were box office hits in the US, and in September on a total lunar eclipse day, Bi-silque was founded by a visionary hardworking Portuguese couple that saw in cork boards their future.
Now in 2019, the company that grew from a family dream is a renowned and globally respected manufacturer with distinguished office solutions brands. The business that started in a garage now sells products in more than 85 countries and it's celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Paperworld Frankfurt is, without a thought, the ideal event to truly mark the launching of this big and memorable all year long campaign.
People usually say that life begins at 40, and it was exactly at 40 that Aida and Virgilio Vasconcelos decided to start investing their money and energy in a business of their own. Using a local super raw material, already familiar to Portuguese traditions and people, the Vasconcelos knew how to grab an opportunity, as they saw the world discovering the amazing properties of cork, and its emergence as a trendy interior decoration element. Their dedication, focus on innovation, sustainability and growth made Bi-silque what it is today, and keeps on inspiring current family members.
As we think our readers would agree, a great history full of interesting facts and praising milestones deserves to have a celebration that suits its scale of greatness. So, Bi-silque Team is already working on organising unique surprises to thank and show our appreciation to customers, partners, employees, suppliers and friends. Special gifts, amusing challenges and a Big Special Anniversary party scheduled for January 28th are some of the initiatives that are going to mark the beginning of our 40th Anniversary celebrations in Frankfurt, and from then on, we will not stop until September 2019.
We do not want to ruin surprises for those who are planning to visit Paperworld from January 26th to 29th, but we can spike your curiosity by sharing that there will be some serious whiteboarding fun, with challenges that involve traditional games - like the universal Tic-Tac-Toe – mixed with some pretty original ones.
Did we pique your curiosity even more? We definitely hope so, because Bi-silque loves having Paperworld’s stand filled with old and new friends. This year it would be particularly special if we are also able to celebrate this extremely significant occasion with you. These have been 40 amazing years, and we hope to be able to celebrate many more together.