Cork is a circular material that is hypoallergenic, rot-proof, lightweight, moisture, heat and fire resistant, chemically neutral, heat and sound insulating, particularly elastic and durable. Cork is a renewable material as it is obtained from the outer bark of the plant, which is harvested approximately every ten years. Its many characteristics and properties make it suitable for application in various sectors and for different functions.
As its main application, cork is used in pure granules pressed into blocks and monolithic shapes, used above all in the world of design and insulation panels in the building industry. In more recent years, it has found a new impetus in the market thanks to the development of innovative applications in conglomeration with other materials, coupled or mixed to increase its performance.
The trends reported in this publication are a short selection of those in MATREC’s International Observatory.
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