Founded in 1944, Atlantis –Cristaisde Alcobaça, S.A. early decided to target the foreign markets.
From 1952, Atlantis began to export glass articles to USAand England. Partially due to the importance that the export market represented for the company, Atlantis increased its production considerably. About 75% of the total productive capacity was destined for the export market. The production was based on the conception of manufactured pieces, white and coloured, with simple cuts.
In 1972, the factory was transformed in order to produce crystal –the Atlantis Crystal, full-leaded and manually produced. Atlantis Crystal was introduced into the American market, in the same year. The business was then divided into 2 units: the crystal, produced in Alcobaça, and the glass, produced in MarinhaGrande
In May 2001, Atlantis merged with Vista Alegre, creating a holding (VAA –Vista Alegre Atlantis S.G.P.S., S.A.). This process originated the largest national tableware group, which because of its size is also the 6th largest group in the world of the sector. The resulting holding acts in areas so diverse as crystal, hand-made glass, porcelain tableware, giftware and hotel ware, ceramic insulators, earthenware, mining resources, retail and distribution networks.