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Facts and Curiosities 25 . Jul . 2017
Facts and Curiosities
Cork Oak Forest

With over 5.4 million acres of cork forest, about one third (approximately 1.8 million acres) is situated in Portugal.

25 . Jul . 2017
Cork Oak Forest

From all the cork oak forests, approximately 340 000 tonnes of cork are harvested each year.

18 . Mar . 2020
Commitment to the Forest Custody Chain

We favour the use of cork from well-managed forests, certified through the forest certification system from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®- C022338), and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). We do not sell FSC or PEFC certified products containing the following categories…

About Us 25 . Jul . 2017
About Us
Preservation of the cork oak forest

It makes the cork viable in a unique manner, and as a result, the preservation of the cork oak forest, a unique example of green economy, which is based on a balance between economic, social, and environmental issues. The constant concern to adopt and reinforce sustainable development practices makes Corticeira Amorim…

31 . Jul . 2017
Forest Stewardship Council

An independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Case Studies 10 . Oct . 2018
Case Studies
Forest of swings

Known for their highly humorous works, the artists created a huge "forest" of swings and invited visitors to use them individually or in a group. In addition to the cork floor, which ensures soft landings, while also creating an organic and sensory environment, the swivel seats are also made of cork.   Choice of cork f…

Notícias 02 . Nov . 2020
The Life Cycle Assessments analyzed different ACC products and concluded that they all have a negative carbon balance, when considering the…

From the origin of the raw materials to the factory gate: what are the environmental impacts of Amorim Cork Composites’ products? This was this question that we wanted to answer when we began a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process for several products. The results showed that, without exception, they all have a negative…

25 . Jul . 2017
Cork oak forests are natural CO2 retainers, the major cause of global warming

It is estimated that every year cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tons of CO2, a sizeable contribution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change.

25 . Jul . 2017
Acoustic Insulation & Vibration Isolation

Acousticork vibration control portfolio is the high performance alternative to synthetic products. The quietness of the forest is something that cork can also bring to our cities.

News 25 . Jul . 2017
Amorim Cork Composites’ employees take part in the planting of 2000 cork oaks

The reforestation was carried out under the "Common Forest" project of Quercus, which has been ensuring the planting of thousands of native trees, since 2011.

29 . Dec . 2017
Cork harvesting

The wise hands that plant the trees of the cork oak forest are the same ones that skilfully strip the bark every year. Removing the bark from each cork oak.

25 . Jul . 2017
Cork harvesting

The wise hands that plant the trees of the cork oak forest are the same ones that skilfully strip the bark every year. Removing the bark from each cork oak.

News 16 . Sep . 2019
"Floresta comum"

Green Cork helps answer other challenges, in particular planting trees that belong to Portugal's native forest (including cork oaks). The revenues generated by corks delivered for recycling enable Quercus to finance the "Floresta comum" (Common Forest) initiative, under which more than 828,000 trees have already been p…

Porquê a Cortiça? 19 . Feb . 2021
Porquê a Cortiça?
Negative Carbon Balance

The Negative Carbon Balance seal certifies that, when taking into account the carbon sequestration of the cork oak forest, Amorim Cork Composites’ products sequester more CO₂ than is emitted during the production process. These results are based on Life Cycle Assessments conducted by independent entities, outside Amori…

31 . Jul . 2017
Top layer NRT 94 with negative carbon balance

Amorim Cork Composites commissioned an independent Carbon Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment study, that aimed to identify the environmental impact of Top Layer NRT 94. The study, which assessed the impacts of forestry management, transport of raw materials and production, concluded that Top Layer NRT 94 has a negativ…

Panels and Composites 30 . Oct . 2018
Panels and Composites
Green shipbuilding reaches cruise speed with the help of Amorim Cork Composites primary decking materials. Innovative and sustainable cork-b…

The key factor in ensuring a negative carbon footprint is the genesis of the cork oak forest which is a carbon sink, responsible for retaining 73 tons of CO2 per ton of cork used for a typical application this corresponds to 2,7 kilotons of CO2 retention.

Facts and Curiosities 25 . Jul . 2017
Facts and Curiosities
The Cork Oak is Portugal's National Tree

At the end of 2011, the cork oak was unanimously established as Portugal's National Tree. This classification is directly related to the economic, social, and environmental performance that it represents to the country. Around 23% of Portugal's forest area is made up of cork oaks, which support the country's main indus…

Articles 20 . Jul . 2018
Natural raw materials

What is the source of the chemical materials and elements used in plastic- and rubber-based infills? Despite the strict rules on raw materials that can be used to produce synthetic infills, concerns remain regarding the potential use of poorer-quality materials or materials from an unknown source. This is not the case…

Notícias 27 . Sep . 2019
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The work is by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes and forms part of the installation “a seam, a surface, a hinge, or a knot” that occupies two floors of that historic 17th century palace and features over 30 sculptures that blend with the space. Also in the Biennial, as part of the Dysfunctional exhibition, Nacho Carbone…

News 25 . Aug . 2020
Two designers from Antwerp have fallen in love with cork. What is your very first memory of this material?

For a design contest, I was looking for a genuine natural material with unique properties in terms of tactility and sound absorption. Our research led us to cork. So we decided to return to the source. Our first visit to the cork forest at harvest time was really magical. The discovery of the culture of cork, in its pu…

Blog 09 . Aug . 2019
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2. It makes a difference in the lives of people who depend on it Cork is an important social and economic development factor for Western Mediterranean countries, enabling people to continue living and working in arid and semi-arid areas. In addition to thousands of direct jobs, the cork oak forest generates various oth…

Why Cork 25 . Jul . 2017
Why Cork
Facts and Curiosities

Explore all the facts and cusiosities about cork and the importance of the oak tree and its forests.

01 . Aug . 2017
Cork mindset

Cork, as part of the world’s forests, helps maximize carbon sequestration and consequently counters global warming and climate changes. Cork is the bark of Quercus Suber L. and is renewed every nine years. Amorim Cork Composites is also using sub-products from cork stoppers production as raw material. This value-chain…

09 . Aug . 2019

Harvested every nine years, without any tree being felled during the process, cork gives rise to an endless array of products, from the traditional to the most innovative and unexpected. Cork oak forests are natural retainers of CO2, they prevent soil degradation, they regulate the hydrological cycle, they combat deser…

News 12 . Feb . 2021
When did you decide that cork would be the main “star” of your work?

My studio started experimenting with cork back in 2010, it took a lot of time and experimenting to learn how the material works and to understand the various grades and the properties of the material. Joaquim Sá, the Managing Director of Amorim Cork, South Africa has always been a wonderful supporter of my work. From t…


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