For centuries, cork has served mankind as one of the most widely used and versatile raw materials found in nature. No other natural product offers such a wide range of uses.
Cork is a renewable natural resource, harvested from the bark of cork trees. Careful management practices have resulted in a steady supply of cork, with future supplies assured as well.
Today, cork can be found in applications as diverse as building materials to toys, bulletin boards to wallpaper, gaskets to insulation, decorations to taper corks, wine closures to duck decoys. Cork is also used in construction applications such as flooring underlayment and as a joint filler. The sale of cork and cork products exceeds $150 million (US) annually. Of this value, the cork stopper is $110 million U.S. Dollars, while the sale of agglomerated cork (also known as cork composition), cork flooring, and other cork products is approximately $40 million (US).
The distinct appearance of cork makes it a favorite material for decorating purposes. From floor and wall tiles to wallpaper to decorative specialty uses, cork has proven to be a timeless addition to homes and businesses worldwide.
Corks resilience makes it the ideal material for bulletin boards and displays. No other material recovers from compression or puncture like cork. Longevity under heavy usage is a cork trademark.
Finally, what would a romantic dinner be without the elegant ceremony of uncorking a bottle of wine or champagne? Cork closures remain the standard by which all others are measured.
All this combines to make cork the traditional material that continues to break new ground. Cork, its the natural choice!