A Lego like system to build any structure, wall, or furniture; with no tools, screws, or glue.
- Cascais, Portugal
Categories: Home & Personal Mixed Digital/Non-Digital B2C
Imagine a Lego like system, where you can build any structure, wall or furniture, inside or outside, with no tools, no screws, no glue - that's CORKBRICK!
It's a solution soon available in the market that empowers creative minds that cannot face DIY solutions. It goes beyond the DIY market to reach all those with a passion and enthusiasm to create unique and innovative solutions in their home and office.
We sell a unique, useful, trendy and sustainable product structured on a simple and highly efficient business to the global consumer.
We believe it has the potential to become the new Lego for adults with the advantage of being fun and useful (and natural).
CORKBRICK is an invention of Miguel Reynolds Brandão (father) and Catarina Reynolds Brandão (daughter).
Our mission is to improve people's lives by simplifying the way people create and recreate the spaces they live and work, with clever, natural and sustainable solutions.
We feel that CORKBRICK is a unique system that will change households, office spaces and many other private and public spaces.
- Manufactured in Europe.
- It’s ecological, green, reusable and sustainable.
- It has the potential to develop new opportunities, such as CORKBRICK accessories.
- It can offer indirect job opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour.
We believe CORKBRICK fits in the trend for natural, flexible, dynamic and sustainable solutions for millennials. It offers a solution to a universal problem – configuration of houses, offices or any space without compromising other future uses.
Substantial accomplishments to date
Nov ‘14: Company Incorporation. José Manuel Durão joins as shareholder and legal adviser; Business model development.
Jun ‘15: International Patent application pending (PCT).
Dec ‘15: Jorge Julio joins as shareholder and Industrial Adviser. Strategic alliance with INAUTOM to support us in the industrial process.
Feb ‘16: Final prototypes built.
Sept 16: First orders.
Nov 16: CORKBRICK has been nominated for the 2017 Katerva Award.
Apr 17: PORTUGAL 2020 application was awarded.
Aug 17: Our first equity crowdfunding was a complete success: 232 fans, small investors, spread in 27 countries, 110% over-funding. We are on our way to build the a fan owned company to create sustainable dynamic furniture and structures.
Mar / Apr 2018: Installation of the production line. Beginning of production tests.
Apr 2018: Formula and moulds testing. Launch of the full version of the website.
Oct - Nov 2018: Production Started!
- Production of all 7 blocks;
- Website improvements and updates;
- Prospecting of potential flagship customers;
- Shareholders Informal Gathering in Algarve.
CORKBRICK initial target price was €98 per square meter. Due to the price instability in cork, we will have to adjust the price accordingly. We believe that we have a wide price elasticity at this stage of our development. We intend to closely control the offer as we grow and thus instill a pressure on the demand. The business model is very simple and straightforward: just 7 pieces to produce; direct sales; simple production cycle; just-in-time production; outsource delivery.
We aim to create an efficient value chain with no intermediaries and no financial costs, to support our sales growth.
We will be selling directly to our customers by internet for three reasons:
1) Because our potential customers likely buy on internet.
2) It increases our competitive advantage.
3) The delivery fees are lower than the total cost of using a traditional distribution channels.
Nurturing a deep relationship with our customers and awarding their creativity is the main focus of our strategy. It empowers our offer and growth.
Use of proceeds
We feel things have been a great success so far. Now we need to invest to prepare for production expansion to be able to respond to market demand.
First, we need to increase our production, leveraging from all the experience we have had, to reach 400 pieces a day — the maximum capacity which we have calculated of this production line (P1).
As we reach P1 (the first production line we designed) production capability, we are already thinking and designing P2. With P1 at cruise speed we should be able to level back-orders and start promoting through our website slowly. Having experience through P1 before up-scaling we wanted to make sure production line is perfect.
Then we shall scale up and move towards production line P2 (second generation production line, including the full production process). Our goal is to eventually reach 4000 pieces a day, allowing us the capability to respond to the market.
Things are looking positive and we intend to scale up to P2. Ideally having everything prepared by summer 2019.