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Flying Wine Stoppers

Portugal's Corks Might Supply the Aviation Sector

— February 3, 2010 — Eco
Portugal supplies a lot of cork, about 157,000 tonnes/year, and it grows over half the world’s supply of cork. However, the world may no longer need so much cork since the wine industry is opting to use metal screwtops and plastic stoppers instead. Thus, Portuguese engineers are finding other ways to use this resource, yet one seems to be more promising than others.

In the future, the material now used to keep your red wine fresh may be used to make parts for airplanes. Although it remains to be seen as a viable material in the aviation sector, there would be plenty of benefits. Cork is greener than PVC and other plastics that are in use and would protect the vast cork forests of Portugal.
Trend Themes
1. Cork Innovation in Aviation - Exploring the potential of cork as a material for airplane parts presents a disruptive opportunity in the aviation sector.
2. Sustainable Materials in Transportation - Developing eco-friendly materials like cork for transportation industries unlocks disruptive innovation opportunities in sustainability.
3. Adaptation of Traditional Industries - Finding creative uses for cork beyond wine stoppers opens up disruptive innovation possibilities for traditional industries.
Industry Implications
1. Aviation - The aviation industry can explore the use of cork as a sustainable material for various airplane parts, introducing disruptive innovation.
2. Wine and Beverage - The wine and beverage industry can adapt to the shift from cork stoppers by leveraging cork in innovative ways, driving disruptive innovation.
3. Sustainable Materials - The sustainable materials industry can capitalize on the viability of cork as a green alternative to plastic, fostering disruptive innovation.
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