The Composite Cork Business Unit (BU) is the most technological area in the Corticeira Amorim universe. Internationally renowned in the world of research, development and the production of new cork composite solutions, it embraces cutting-edge projects which not only benefit from the technical advantages of cork but increase their added value. It is a partner with recognised credentials in sectors such as transport, aviation and the aerospace industry, construction and design.
Among its main clients are some of the world's most demanding industries in terms of quality. For example it is here that protection materials for spacecraft from NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) are developed. This BU's TPS (Thermal Protection Systems) solutions are a key element in the important mission to ensure the physical safety of space vehicles, avoiding their destruction by extreme temperatures.
"Incorporating state-of-the-art technology and a unique knowledge of the raw material, the Composite Cork BU researches and develops cork composites for some of the world's most demanding industries."
In land transport, renowned organisations such as Siemens, also found solutions for their boldest ideas at the Composite Cork BU. Also recently, the application of AluCORK cork flooring was revealed, an innovative system which unequivocally contributes to making Inspiro, the state-of-the-art surface metro launched in Warsaw, lighter, more efficient and sustainable.
In other industries, such as construction, the pioneering spirit once again makes its mark. The Composite Cork BU was the first in the world to obtain CE marking on a cork-based underlay, being the only cork insulation which has achieved the top A+ rating from the Building Research Establishment (BRE), in an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The recognition was given to the AcoustiCORK underlay range, highlighting this solution's excellent environmental performance.
At the forefront of the new cork solutions development, the Composite Cork BU distinguishes itself by its pioneering in the ongoing research of new challenges for cork composites. Among the most exciting challenges is the MATERIA - Cork collection by Amorim, into which it channelled its wealth of knowledge to produce unique items designed by major national and international artists.
The products of the Composite Cork BU are certified by leading entities for quality and environment, including the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council and the PEFC – Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes.