From cork to cortiça. The coming of Portugal to world leadership in the cork industry

Authors

  • Santiago Zapata Blanco Universidad de Extremadura

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v0i22.19445

Keywords:

Cork, Cork Oak, Cork Industry, Trade of Cork Manufactures

Abstract

This article analyzes changes in the cork business during the last five or six decades, though it takes into account the evolution of the sector since mid-XIXth century. Focus is placed on raw material scarcities and on the «Iberianization» process of the business (as Portugal now took the leading position Catalonia enjoyed in the sector since the XVIIIth century). A description of these themes is offered, and new lines of research are suggested. The final section indicates future developments of the sector, like pressure in world markets of its raw materials due to supply rigidities and also foreseen locational displacements in Mahgreb countries once the area achieves stability.

Published

2017-07-17

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Articles