Cork Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications

​Cork Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications

​Frank Lowe offers die cut composition cork & a range of different cork-n-rubber materials with or without adhesives. Read more about Frank Lowe's custom cork.

At Frank Lowe, we specialize in providing precise, die cut cork components, cork sheets, and cork rolls. Whether you're looking for cork for consumer products or cork for more industrial applications, the expert team at Frank Lowe can help.

Request a free quote and sample of this product

Since 1955, Frank Lowe has been partnering with businesses across all markets to produce state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing solutions. We offer dedicated industrial contract manufacturing teams who specialize in providing comprehensive services to a variety of markets.From best-in-class materials, customizable products, and a full suite of industrial manufacturing services, we provide whatever it takes to help your business met its objectives. Regardless of the technical or logistics demands of your project, we will work with you every step of the way providing customizable distribution services and support to ensure the contract die cutting is completed and delivered on time, within budget, and to your exact specifications.

We offer two different types of cork material with very different range of applications, benefits, and properties. Continue reading to learn more about Frank Lowes' composition cork and cork-n-rubber materials.

Benefits and Properties of Cork Material

To truly understand the properties and benefits of cork material, we must examine composition cork and cork-n-rubber differently.

Benefits and Properties of Composition Cork

Composition cork is a stable, lightweight substance created from hydrophobic materials to help reduce water penetration. In addition to water resistance, some of the most common qualities and benefits of composition cork include:

  • Unaffected by temperature extremes
  • Fire retardant qualities
  • Exceptionally compressible
  • Excellent insulation
  • Resistant to sound and seepage
  • Lightweight and buoyant
  • Virtually indestructible

Benefits and Properties of Cork-n-Rubber Materials

Because cork-n-rubber materials are a combo of granulated cork and synthetic rubber. It boasts the high resilience of rubber and the compressibility of cork. Some of the most common qualities of cork-n-rubber include:

  • Good resistance to solvents, fuel, and oil
  • Resistance to fluid penetration
  • Effective for low bolt load application
  • High flexibility and compressibility
  • Moderately resistant to fungus, acid, and weathering
  • Wide range of fluid compatibility
  • Ability to reduce levels of transmitted vibration and provide acoustic insulation

Applications and Uses of Cork

Composition cork and cork-n-rubber materials offer a full range of uses across industries and markets.

Applications and Uses of Composition Cork

Composition cork is typically used in decorative items and as a protective backing on novelty items on cork coasters, trivets, placements, and more. A few of the most common composition cork applications include:

  • Bulletin boards
  • Ruler backing
  • Protective padding
  • Glass separation pads
  • Adhesive-backed bumpers and spacers
  • Cap liners
  • Trivet backing
  • And more

Applications and Uses of Cork-n-Rubber

Cork-n-rubber combines the flexibility and shelf life of rubber with the compressibility and recovery characteristics of cork. As a result, cork-n-rubber is a high-demand material for a seemingly endless array of applications and industries. Some of the most common cork-n-rubber applications include:

Different Types of Cork-n-Rubber Materials

The custom manufacturing experts at Frank Lowe will work closely with you to guide you to the best cork products for your application. While we provide a range of different grades of composition cork based on your specific application, we also offer different blends of cork-n-rubber materials as well as different densities.

Cork-n-Neoprene Materials

This blend of cork-n-rubber boasts an amazing resistance to oil and heat combined with tensile resistance and a high level of tear protection. Cork-n-Neoprene material is regularly used in the construction of air compressors and refrigeration devices.

Cork-n-Nitrile Materials

Cork-n-Nitrile blend delivers a remarkable level of oil resistance, which makes it an in-demand material for meter applications, fuel pump manufacturing, and automotive industry.

Cork-n-Synthetic Rubber Material

Cork-n-Synthetic rubber is highlighted by excellent resistance to oils and environmental elements. This cork-n-rubber blend is typically used in natural gas meters, sealing applications, and the automotive industry. You can also find this material in valve covers, valve gaskets, oil pans, and transmission pans.

Cork-n-SBR Sponge Material

The cork-n-SBR sponge material boasts a high level of compressibility, which is why it's typically used in matting, cushioning, noise reduction, fatigue, and die ejection. Cork-n-SBR sponge materials are also used under equipment and furniture in compression mats.

Cork & Silicone

Cork-n-silicone materials will provide a moderately high level of fluid resistance. It can also be very efficient in applications with either extremely high or extremely low temperatures of operation.

Custom Manufacturing with Die Cut Cork Products

Frank Lowe is one of the leading providers of die cut cork products and components. We offer a full catalog of different composition cork materials and cork-n-rubber materials. After gaining an understanding of your application, we will guide you to the best density of cork product.

You can elect to have your cork products supplied on a roll, in sheets, on slit rolls, or custom die cut to your exact specifications. Regardless of how you need your cork material, we always offer to add a pressure-sensitive adhesive to the back that bonds to a range of different surfaces. Simply put, we are your full service custom manufacturing team who offers a complete suite of services to move your project from conception through to completion.

Contact Frank Lowe to Explore, Pursue & Create with Cork

At Frank Lowe, we don't just sell die cut composition cork and cork-n-rubber products — we help you create better products in the more efficient manner. We'll get to know your unique application needs and then guide you to the most ideal solution — whether it's die cut cork or any other elastomer we offer. In any case, we will help you explore, pursue, and create excellence in all you do:

  1. Explore every potential feasibility with both cork-n-rubber and composition cork.
  2. Pursue the possibility of all potential solutions with a thorough cost-benefit analysis.
  3. Create the most ideal component for your application while remaining within budget.

Request a free quote and sample of this product