Spire Suppliers Part 2: Cork Manufacturing

One of our goals in building Spire was to find processes and materials that matched our nature-inspired design aesthetic. Cork is one of those materials.

Cork is a renewable material made from the bark of the cork oak tree. Here’s how our cork factory turns the bark of cork into the finish we use on the Spire charging pad:

Step 1: Dry the cork out.

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Step 2: Cut the cork into squares and assemble it into disks.

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Step 3: Stack the disks together and then use a special compression machine with adhesive to turn the stack into a solid cork cylinder.

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Step 4:  Shave off a cork “fabric” from the compressed cylinder.

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Step 5: Cut out the Spire shape and attach it to the charging pad.

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Note: Depending upon what you do in Steps 2 and 3 you can get all kind of different looks and finishes.

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Note: Due to legal reasons of confidentiality we cannot release the names of our suppliers. Our cork factory partner is the largest cork factory in China. Cork based products originating from this factory are found in major brands around the world.

Cork is not a material traditionally found in consumer electronic products and we would like to thank the owners and management of this factory for working tirelessly with us through countless iterations to figure out how to make our charging pad work.

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