History of ACA Group

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The company Alberto Couto Alves & Cª LDA is founded

1982 1982
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The company acquires a quarry in Fafe and starts quarrying and extraction operations.

1984 1984
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Crushing plant set up in Fafe for the production and commercialization of aggregates.

1990 1990
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Bituminous plant set up in Fafe and change of the company’s official designation to Alberto Couto Alves, Lda.

1995 1995
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Alberto Couto Alves Lda. acknowledged with the “PME Excelência Construção” award (“Excellence on Construction for the SMSE [‘Small and Middle-Sized Enterprises’] category”).

1998
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The company becomes a Business Corporation, now designated Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

1999
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The company acquires a second bituminous plant.

1999
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New acknowledgement by the “SMSE Excellence on Construction” awards.

1999
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The Laboratory of Geotechnics & Construction Materials is created in Fafe.

2000 2000
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NP EN ISO 9001 certification obtained for Production of Bituminous Mixtures.

2000
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Third “SMSE Excellence on Construction” award.

2000
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Acknowledged for the fourth time by the “SMSE Excellence on Construction” awards.

2001
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Investment on internationalization with the constitution of Angolaca – Construcções S.A., in Angola, operating in the civil construction sector.

2003
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NP EN ISO 9001 certification granted for Production & Application of Bituminous Mixtures.

2003
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Investment on new areas of business with new enterprises: Global Stadium, Lda.-conceptualization, construction and exploration of sports & leisure infrastructures; Ambiágua – Gestão de Equipamentos de Águas, S.A. – construction of water and sanitation network, water abstraction, setup, commercialization, management and maintenance of industrial and commercial water and wastewater treatment facilities R.I. – Recolha de Resíduos Industriais, S.A.– industrial waste collection and processing.

Investment on internationalization with the constitution of ACAMEDCO, in Morocco, operating within the civil construction and public works sector.

2008
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Constitution of the enterprises IELAC – Instalações Elétricas e Ar Condicionado Lda., especialized on electrical installations, telecommunications, renewable energy systems; and Resifluxo, Lda. for industrial waste treatment and related activities.

2009
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Two new companies are created within the Angolan market: a Vivangola, dedicated to the distribution and commercialization of food products, import and export, and Ambiáfrica, specialized on construction of water and sanitation networks, water abstraction, setup, commercialization, management and maintenance of industrial and commercial water and wastewater treatment facilities.

2010
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Our group is acknowledged with the “Best Companies to Work For” Awards (“Melhores Empresas Para Trabalhar”).

2010
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Launching of ACA Group operations in brazil through the constitution of the ACA Brasil enterprise, operating within the civil construction sectors; mineral exploration; trade, import and export of industrial equipment; real estate promotion; setup and exploration of water distribution systems for consumption and wasterwater treatment; urban cleaning, collection and treatment system for urban solid wastes; construction and exploration of sanitary landfills.

2011
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Investment on a new area of business in Angola with the constitution of Agro-Angola, which is dedicated to landscape architecture; cultivation of agricultural products; fruitculture; olericulture; livestock rearing and floriculture.

2011
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The group is awarded for a second time in “Best Companies to Work For”.

2011
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Constitution of the Viva-Supermercados company, acting on the distribution and commercialization of food products, consumer goods – general wholsesale and retail trade.

2012
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Acknowledged with the “Excellence in Work” award;

Awarded as one of “The Best Companies to Work For”.

2012
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Constitution of the ACA France company, dedicated to works of civil construction and infrastructures.

2013
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Acknowledged with the “Excellence in Work” award;

Awarded as one of “The Best Companies to Work For”.

2013
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Strengthening of the Distribution area of business with the opening of more supermarkets in the povinces of Luanda, Benguela, Uige and Huambo.

2014
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Acknowledged with the “Excellence in Work” award;

Awarded as one of “The Best Companies to Work For”.

2014
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New investments on internationalizatin with the start of operations in Algeria, undertaking rehabilition and civil construction works;

Start of operations in Poland, with the constitution of the companies ACA BUD and ACA RE POLSKA within the construction and real estate promotion sectors.

2015
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Investment on the wind energy sector with the creation of the company ACAWIND – Energias Renováveis, S.A., which provides services for installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) and comissioning of wind turbines

2015
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Obtenção do prémio “Excelência no Trabalho;

Awarded as one of “The Best Companies to Work For”.

2015
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Creation of ACA STP (São Tomé & Príncipe) which undertakes constructions and public works, quarry exploration, consulting, planning, technical studies on Engineering, landscaping and construction products trading.

2016
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Alberto Couto Alves, S.A. begins activities in Real Estate promotion, with a project in Oporto named Login Foz.

2016 2016
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Awarded as one of “The Best Companies to Work For”.

2016
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Start of a new real estate promotion project – MARECHAL IMOBILIÁRIA, S.A.

2017
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Awarded as one of “The Best Companies to Work For”.

2017