With over 100 years of existence, we are one of the biggest producers of table cutlery in the world.
With recognized merits everywhere, and the entire production process taking place indoors, we add to the market a distinct philosophy that deeply turns cutlery pieces, on fashion items for your table.
Based in Caldas Taipas, Guimarães (north of Portugal), having now the third generation of the Marques family at the helm of the direction, we stand up for excellence, creativity and innovation on this traditional business in our region.
With a production capacity of more than 140.000 pieces/day, an estimated business medium volume at over five million euros and employing about 110 collaborators, we undertake to ensure the continuity of the values that led us along our already long life history.
Value creation through the features of our products, is the main reason of our existence.
We propose to produce pieces of excellence, beyond their obvious functional utility, becoming true fashion accessories at the table, where the design links tradition to the current trends, resulting in contemporary elements.
Through the trust deposited in the professional relationships, our business partners are active members in our history, which strongly contribute to our continuous development.
We pretend to be a world reference as cutlery producer strongly helping to the area development and differentiation.
Characterized by a strong cultural absorption, we play in all of our work the "know-how" acquired in more than one hundred years of experience in the production of table cutlery.
Innovation, design and quality are concepts that define our guidelines which drive our professional relationships into a more personal and lasting character.
We invest heavily in product and service quality, ensuring a complete satisfaction and matching our costumer's expectations.
It's what distinguishes us. Each piece means a story, a moment or a personality, and it's the result of an investment made along its development, allowing each of the lines to arise smoothly in a logical way.
The diversity of finishes that we provide, give each item a personal charisma, suitable for specific occasions, transforming the table into a real catwalk.
It's in our DNA, we do persistently risk looking to bring to our operating markets useful and differentiating elements that add the value required to excel in a remarkable way.
We know the road we have traveled far and we do recognize its importance keeping us faithful to our principles promoting a continuous and sustainable grow.
We act on this way, keeping the active concept, with knowledge that it is our duty to contribute to the society improvement through a conduct guided by environmental concerns and a policy of integrated and sustainable development.
People as most valuable asset
Human resources are the reason of our success, as such we seek a constant development of their skills, often providing an evolution of our organization and improved our performance as a company.
It's the Business beginning with a capital of $ 50, and being established over 8 years on rudimentary facilities leased a mill on the banks of Ave River, with the aim of producing solely knives.
Installation of the plant in its own headquarters in Caldas das Taipas, which at the time was selling items of cutlery with the brand "marca 11" - year of foundation of the company.
Death of the founder Manuel Marques and succession of his sons Abel and Jose Marques, in the direction of the company. This phase is marked by the onset of a new guideline, where investments and improvement of working conditions were the "north".
Period characterized by the born and registration of the brand HERDMAR (Marques Heirs), as well as the creation of the legal enterprise Manuel Marques Herdeiros Lda. This phase is strongly marked by the recruitment of several workers, for the Portuguese armed forces, which would defend national interests in the African colonial wars. This promoted a reengineering process with arrival of more sophisticated machinery, giving the factory technical conditions that allowed a larger scale production, lower manufacturing times and consequently lower cost and higher quality products.
The 60's were also marked with the beginning of the "internationalization" of the brand, which sets the first commercial relations with the Portuguese colonies in Africa.
Being Pioneer, Herdmar launches the first stamped model for the market, also starting at this period selling models in 18/10 (Cr-Ni).
The first logo and catalog were created, in order to assist this embryonic process of internationalization, where competitiveness is a key factor for the continued development of the company, where the import of raw material (stainless steel) allowed a more attractive selling price and good receptiveness by the markets.
In clear development and brand expansion in the 70s, Herdmar starts producing and selling some stainless steel tableware and kitchen utensils.
1st Participation in national and international fairs, starting this decade regular participation in CERAMEX (Lisbon), MACEF (Milan) and Ambiente (Frankfurt).
After the death of the partner Abel Marques, the other partner and brother - José, buy the other half of the company, and at the time, some of their sons were already laboring in the company.
As a result of accession to the EU market, a strong increase in demand originated mostly by foreign customers, which led to a large increase in sales volume, consistently instilling a fundamental acquisition of "know-how" occurs.
Constitution of the anonymous society, Manuel Marques Heirs and assignment of administrative members of the 3rd generation of heirs of the Marques family offices.
Materializes the change of manufacturing facilities built thinking about your purpose, equipped with the most modern technologies, with high level of automatisms and providing excellent working conditions. This event, made possible an increase in the efficiency of production processes reaching a production capacity of 140,000 pieces per day and a great improvement of product quality.
Awarded with the "Gold Medal of Merit Industrial" by the Guimarães City Hall, as well as "Business Success Case" by the Ministry of Economy of Portugal and the Chamber of Commerce of Israel.
Herdmar celebrates its centenary, with the completion of a memorable event, which drew more than 500 people, including employees, former employees, customers, suppliers, family and friends.
Based on the philosophy of sustainable development, Herdmar is now present in over 65 countries with an export rate of approximately 90% of its production and annual turnover estimated at € 5,000,000. At present, the 4th generation of the family already carries labor functions in order to feed this project launched in 1911 by a man who saw behind his field of vision.
Rua de S. Cláudio, 2710
4805-015 Barco, Portugal
(+351) 253 470 080
The creativity of the century-old cutlery company was recognized by the jury committee of NOOK Asia and IFFS, awarding the Best Decor Award in the category of best decorative element to Herdmar's model Oslo.