The amazing natural properties of cork

Cork is a pretty extraordinary material and that is why it has so many uses. The key to cork’s many properties is its honeycomb cell structure. Each cell is a 14-sided polyhedron filled with air with an extremely strong and flexible membrane that is waterproof and airtight. Cork bark is in fact about 89% air, giving it a very low … Read More

10 steps to make a natural cork stopper

So how do you get from a piece of cork oak tree bark to a natural cork stopper that nurtures and preserves the wine in a bottle? The story goes like this: 1. Harvest – once every nine years or so a cork tree is stripped of its bark by a very skilled woodsman with a very sharp axe. This … Read More

Cork industry shows signs of recovery

10 years ago Portugal was exporting a billion euros worth of cork products a year, but exports slumped mainly because of a surge in demand for synthetic stoppers. Over the last two years, the cork sector has returned to growth, with exports increasing 8.2% in 2010 to reach €754.3 million and 7% growth in the first quarter of 2011. The … Read More

Cork composite products for domestic use

Cork has a long history of being used as a natural insulation product, providing thermal, acoustic and vibration insulation as well as being naturally fire-retardant, resistant to rot and mold and non-toxic; furthermore it is a completely renewable source as only the bark of the tree is used to make cork and the tree itself survives. It is supplied in … Read More

Different kinds of cork stoppers/closures and their uses

There are several kinds of cork stoppers that are commonly manufactured, ranging from premium natural cork to agglomerated cork and mixtures of the two. Different usages can be better suited to particular kinds of corks and the pricing can be dramatically different so it is worth understanding what your options are. Here is a brief summary of the kinds of … Read More

Granulated cork

Granulated cork is used for a wide variety of applications and can be supplied at a wide range of mesh sizes and densities, ranging from fine powder to 12mm chips. Cork granules can be used to make composite cork products, sports field infill, a soil conditioner,agglomerated wine corks, cork flooring, brake shoes, clutch plates, shoe soles, insulation cork blocks and … Read More

Moulded Cork Products

Agglomerated cork can be moulded into almost any shape and by using different binders and cork granules, the moulded cork products can have a wide variety or properties, made to be for example heat resistant, soft, hard-wearing or whatever the particular requirement may be. Moulded cork has been used to make a variety of household and industrial objects, sometimes just … Read More

Cork leather

Cork leather is a relatively recent innovation and by blending cork with other materials it is possible to use the natural beauty and intrinsic qualities of cork in a flexible and durable fabric that is. It can be supplied in a wide variety of textures and patterns, which can either bring out the natural beauty of the cork or use … Read More

Used port wine barrels

We supply used port wine barrels that have been completely refurbished using only original wood to distillers who require used fortified wine barrels to finish the ageing of their whisky. The stock we carry varies, but typically we have refurbished 225, 250 and 500 litre ex tawny port and ex ruby port barrels, as well as muscatel, sherry and madeira … Read More

Cork rolls and sheets

Different cork grain sizes and different binders are used create composition cork rolls and sheets in grades and appearances for different purposes and uses. We can make composite rolls and sheets to satisfy more or less any requirements even if they are not a standardized specification. We supply cork roll for underlay and insulation in sizes of 2mm to 8mm … Read More

Expanded cork

We supply expanded cork boards in a range of thicknesses from 10mm up to 300mm and also expanded cork granules in a range of different granule sizes. Expanded cork is made from cork that is too resinous to be used for wine corks and is surely the most environmentally friendly insulation material on the planet. The abundance of naturally occurring … Read More

Cork flooring/underlay

Cork floors have moved on an enormous amount in recent years to offer clients a seemingly endless array of choices that bring out the natural beauty of cork together with its natural insulating properties together with an increasingly easy application. Cork flooring can be used for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes and it can offer: environmentally friendly natural flooring underfoot … Read More

Cork stoppers

Cork closures and stoppers are available in an endless array of sizes and specifications, using natural and composite cork. Some examples of the kind of corks we can supply are: Champagne Corks Custom Printed Cork Stoppers Custom / Specialty Cork Stoppers Colmated corks Laboratory Corks Capsulated Corks / Bar-top corks (Plastic and Wood Top) Tapered / Conical Corks Natural Cork … Read More