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Alberta Bound

Posted on December 23, 2014
Alberta Bound

Starting up an industrial hemp enterprise takes more than a good idea, enthusiasm or a bunch of capital. Fiber processing remains underdeveloped, but that could be changing. Three fiber start up in western Canada, Alberta, are worthy of attention. Alberta seems well positioned to become a hemp fiber industry leader in North America. American start ups should pay close attention.

Hemp Fiber for Food Packaging

Posted on February 6, 2014
Traysrenew Project

The Traysrenew project in the EU was a multi-year project with the goal of producing food trays for poultry products that are cost effective, renewable, and higher performance than their conventional counterparts. The food trays would be made from biopolymers which are derived from bast fiber plants including hemp and flax. The interest on this kind of green packaging is being driven by both the industry and consumers. Manufacturers want lower costs and increased shelf life; consumers want fresh and safe food available in addition to products that reflect their values.

CRAiLAR announces European wet processing facility

Posted on September 5, 2013
Crailar Technologies

CRAiLAR Technologies Inc., which produces and markets CRAiLAR® Flax fiber, announced that it has executed a letter of intent to acquire a European fiber dyeing facility with more than thirty years of experience in the industry. The acquisition, which is subject to the entry into definitive agreements and prior regulatory approval, would establish CRAiLAR flax fiber production for the Company in one of the most prolific flax growing regions in Western Europe.

Daimler-Chrysler to use Philippine abaca

Posted on October 20, 2004

Automaker Daimler-Chrysler has approved the use of Philippine abaca for the exterior lining of its class A cars, which include the Plymouth and the Mercedes-Benz, Daimler-Chrysler consultant Dr. Werner Muhlbauer told the Inquirer Tuesday.

Cover Me With Hemp

Posted on July 8, 2004

National Research Council (NRC) technology could help clothe Canadian athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, B.C. and help pave the way for a range of advanced products made with industrial hemp, such as auto parts and airplane fuselages.

Hemp and Flax Processing Plant Closes

Posted on June 3, 2004

Premium Crops Ltd, a specialist UK crop production company, has announced the closure of its hemp and flax processing factory located in North Wales.

Hemp factory closer to reality

Posted on May 10, 2004

Proponents of a hemp-processing factory in Dauphin met with provincial officials Monday to present an updated business plan and secure financial backing. The Parkland BioFibre hemp factory would process locally grown hemp straw into fibre products.

Planting Computers

Posted on March 30, 2004

It’s not every day you come across a grower whose crop will be harvested by a Japanese firm to go into computers and mobile phones. But Andrew Saunders is such a farmer. He’s growing kenaf, a fibre crop, similar in appearance to industrial hemp.

International Conference “Bast Fibrous Plants on the Turn of Second and Third Millennium”

Posted on November 28, 2000

Experts working in scope of bast fibrous plants (especially hemp in the field of bast fibres) agrotechnology, extraction and processing, textile and non-textile applications, marketing and trade are cordially invited to attend the event and submit proposals for oral or poster presentations.

Third International Symposium — Bioresource Hemp and Other Fiber Crops

Posted on September 13, 2000

The symposium begins this week, hosted by nova Institute in Wolfsburg, Germany. The event features an international group of speakers with vast experience with industrial hemp and other natural fibers.