Coincidentally, the day after I returned from Planet Zebulon, where I’d been visiting Nomacorc’s headquarters, The Wall Street Journal ran a feature on the way synthetic corks and screwcaps have taken market share away from natural cork, focusing strongly on Nomacorc. You can read it here.
The article is pretty comprehensive, and contains an interesting graphic based on Nomacorc’s estimates showing the way that the closures market currently stands (right). Of a total closures market of 18 billion, synthetics account for 20%, with Nomacorc alone making up 11% of the closures market worldwide.
This is for still wine, presumably, and bottle formats of 75 cl and above (many smaller format bottles come with a screwcap and this would skew the figures).
What would be interesting to see would be a graphic showing the figures for different markets, and also an indication of trends.