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Lear Corporation Introduces Two New Polymers for Interior Applications

Posted on June 8, 2000

Lear Corporation, one of the world’s premier automotive interior suppliers, has launched two new polymer materials to be used in some of Lear’s future offerings of interior trim products: door panels, pillars and trunk trim.

North American Demand for Natural Fibers in Plastic Composites Forecast to Grow 15% to 50% Annually

Posted on June 6, 2000

Natural fibers, used to fill and reinforce both thermoplastics and thermosets, represent one of the fastest-growing types of polymer additives. Based on a market study currently being conducted by Kline & Company, forecast North American demand for both wood and agricultural fiber used as plastic additives ranges from 15% to 20% per year in automotive applications, to 50% or more per year in selected building products.

Bangladesh, India in Race for Investment in Jute Sector

Posted on April 19, 2000

Bangladesh and India are in the race to attract a one billion US dollars foreign direct investment (FDI) in the jute sector, local English newspaper Financial Express reported Wednesday.

Kafus Launches “Natural” Solution To World’s Oily Waste Water Environmental Problem

Posted on April 18, 2000

Each year up to 140,000 tons of kenaf core could be used to separate oil from water and then reclaimed as biomass fuel with BTU value equal to coal.

1999 – Year in Review: Ten Most Influential Agri-Fiber Developments

Posted on January 6, 2000

Throughout the course of 1999, the following 10 areas of development appeared to be the most consequential in relation to the emerging agri-fiber industry. Agri-fibers include Abaca, bagasse, corn stover, flax, industrial hemp, kenaf, rice straw, Switchgrass and wheat straw; with potential markets as varied as composites, specialty pulps, plastics and non-wovens.

Structural changes in hemp fibers as a result of enzymatic hydrolysis with mixed enzyme systems

Posted on April 1, 1999

Hemp (Cannabis sativa) was most likely the first plant cultivated by mankind for its textile use. Fast growing and not very demanding as to climate, soil quality, and nutrients, hemp was farmed all over the world until its ban in the 1930s by most Western countries due to increasing drug-related problems.

Alternative crops to ease lumber shortage

Posted on September 28, 1998

Three unusual crops may be the answer to a lumber shortage expected to have a large impact on the building and paper industries in a few years. Duane Johnson, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension alternative crops specialist developed products from pulps derived from three crops-kenaf, sunn hemp and sesbania.

Alternate raw materials explored at symposium

Posted on June 1, 1997

To use recording industry parlance, cereal straws and urban wood are rising on the charts with a bullet. Both were subjects of interest at WSU conference. The subject of making particleboard and medium-density fiberboard from cereal straw furnish established a distinct presence at the 31st International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium April 8-10 in Pullman, Washington.

Conde & Seber: Building Toward The Future With Hemp

Posted on July 1, 1994

All over the Pacific Northwest one can see the effects of the massive deforestation that’s been taking place out there during the past 20 years. Whole valleys and mountainsides have been clear-cut — stripped of all plant life — to meet our insatiable demand for fiber, paper and wood. So when High Times learned that Bill Conde, a longtime hemp activist who once ran for governor of Oregon, was researching making an alternative to plywood utilizing hemp, we decided to look into it.

Fiber Wars: The Extinction of Kentucky Hemp

Posted on January 1, 1994

The seminal history of the American hemp industry and what happened to the seed of this once highly valued crop, wherein was first written: “Hemp is not marijuana.”