Portugal Cork Production

As one of the major producers of cork for the entire world, Portugal’s cork trees make up for about half the world’s cork supply. Portugal is a prime breeding ground for cork trees due to its Mediterranean climate. Portugal’s frequent rain and humidity contribute to the success of cork production in Portugal. To learn more about Portugal cork production, continue reading below.

About Portugal Cork Production

One of the benefits of being the world’s foremost supplier of cork is the positive impact on the job force, in fact the cork industry is a large employer in Portugal- as it is in all of the seven countries that produce cork.  Furthermore, the Portugal cork production industry is an extremely lucrative business for the area, as they export nearly $1 billion per year in products.

An issue that’s been prevalent in the news surrounding the Portugal cork production industry is the increase in screw caps for wine. These have become increasingly more popular and is affecting the Portugal cork industry in more ways than one. This topic of interest has triggered a  movement to support the continued production of cork and choose cork over the alternative.

The most popular mission is called 100% Cork and it has been prominent in its efforts to gather signatures from consumers who refuse to purchase wines with artificial stoppers. Artificial stoppers use more emissions than natural cork which causes more issues with the environment. As mentioned previously, cork stoppers from cork trees are harvested in a sustainable matter. Obviously, natural cork stoppers should be the material of choice when bottling wine with sustainable thought in mind.

Overall, cork harvested from Portugal continues to be the most important export from the country and Portugal hopes to keep this true in the next coming years.

About Cork Board Sheets

Cork Sheets, in its vast majority come from cork oak trees from Portugal (about 50 percent of the world production). Oak-trees have a life span of between 150 and 200 years, and many specis rely their survival on these trees. Harvesting occurs every 8 to 10 years, all by workers hands, allowing the cork to grow naturally and avoiding trees demolishing. The bark that is obtained from cork-oak, has a vast use that ranges from the wine industry to house flooring.

 

In an overall manner, there exists aproximately 2 million hectares of cork oak trees in the world, and about 33% is just in Portugal, while the second largest forest is in Spain (and these are the biggest country productors of this material). They produce annualy almost 400 tons of cork board sheets (more than 50 percent comming from Portugal).

Conclusions led to that production of this material is nature-green, as destructions of trees does not occur, and carbon emissions are very very small, according to studies that were performed by Corticeira Amorim (the Portuguese most important exporter of cork sheets). There by, in a fight agains the use of plastic wine stoppers, they concluded that cork wine stoppers were much more environment friendly.

Sheets of cork, commonly used in many applications, as for instance cork stoppers (as decribed above), bulletin boards, and ofter used as floor tiles because of its insulation properties (it can also increase energy savings as it keeps heat inside). Also they are used as decorating and of course to use as a notice board. Another great application (and commonly used by young people) is decorative cork boards, as they enhance a room while keeping memories posted. It is a great gift to offer. Usually, when this kind of boards are kept outside, some protection is necessary, and thereby using cork bulletin board or frame cork board is a good idea, and also protecting changes in the boards from unallowed persons.

This materials properties are so desired beacause cork sheet is almost impermeable (that’s why it is used as a wine stopper) and very good thermal and sound insulatorm keeping the heat and the noise inside the rooms. Over an half of the world produced cork is used for bottle stoppers (they say it keeps the taste). Cork sheets are also very flexiblem resistant and size stable, meaning they are very capablel of getting to its basic form ever after compressed.

Also, cork board sheets can be used in playgrounds floor to enhance security of children playing. There are all colors available in cork frame boards, in order to let you customize you notice board, and also add a little beauty to playground floors.

APCOR

APCOR means Portuguese Cork Association (in Portuguese, of course), and it is a group of portuguese cork manufacturers that aims the promotion of cork sheets in the world (addressing problems as the one stated above about the use of plastic wine stoppers). They produce large amounts of cork board sheets for various applications like bulletin boards, notice boards, and enclosed cork boards.