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Cork in Numbers

The numbers show the vitality and importance of the cork industry. Browse the Annual Reports and Industry Study for more statistical data.

Cork Oak Forest

34%
of the world’s area of cork oak forest is located in Portugal, representing 736,000 hectares of a total of 2,139,942 hectares
23%
of the national forests
84%
of cork oaks are in the Alentejo
3%
has been the growth of the cork oak forest over the last 10 years
49%
of the world's cork production is in Portugal, around 100,000 tons of a worldwide total of 201,000 tons
23%
of the Rede Natura 2000 nature network is cork oak forest
0 €/year
per hectare is the value attributed to the environmental services of the cork oak forest
0 M
tons of CO2 fixed per year by the cork oak forest
0
biodiversity sanctuaries worldwide, and one of them is the cork oak forest
0
species of plants per square metre can be found in the cork oak forest

Industry

80%
companies working in the cork sector in Portugal
49%
companies focused on the cork stoppers sub-sector
33%
was the increase of the financial autonomy of the companies of the cork industry in the period 2011-2013
81%
of companies of the industry reported positive net incomes, with an average turnover of 2.5%
80%
of the companies are located in the Entre Douro e Vouga region
49%
of the industry's employees are skilled workers
70%
of cork products are destined for use in the wine industry
0
companies working in the cork sector in Portugal
0
people directly employed
0 M
million stoppers (day) are produced on average throughout the country
0 M€
was the industry's investment in the last decade in R&D, new factories, new processes and quality
0
to INPI ( National Industrial Property Agency) for the registration of models of national utility and national patents of invention, with “cork” in the title or summary
0
patents registered

External Trade

63%
is the share of Portuguese exports in the cork sector, equivalent to 846 million euros
95%
of Portuguese cork exports are sent to more than 100 countries
70%
of Portuguese cork exports are to Europe
70%
of cork exports consist of stoppers, corresponding to 592 million euros
26%
of cork exports relate to construction and decoration materials, which represents 222 million euros
9%
is the cork Portugal imports, putting it in fourth place worldwide
2%
is the share of cork in Portuguese exports of goods
1,2%
is the share of cork in total Portuguese exports
0 M €
is the value of exports of cork stoppers to France, the main market
0 M €
is the value of exports of construction and decoration materials to Germany, the main market
0 M €
is the net of the balance of trade
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