CRAiLAR® Flax Fibre Production Now Imminent

21/01/2011 at 6:00 am 3 comments

Our CEO Ken Barker announced yesterday at the Texworld 2011 Conference in New York that the we are fully prepared to begin shipping initial orders of CRAiLAR® Flax Fibre from our Kingstree, SC facility as early as March of this year and have developed the capacity to rapidly increase production thereafter to meet the demands of our development partners and to respond to increasing interest from new customers in the denim, workwear, home furnishings and knitwear markets.

“We are fortunate to have flax fibre harvested from previous seasons available in our warehouse, which allows us to begin production immediately,” Barker said.  “Additionally, our CRAiLAR® technology unlocks the potential of flax straw harvested from the oilseed industry that can potentially be processed into yarn suitable for hosiery, denim, knitwear and home furnishings.  Last year’s harvest produced an exceptionally high yield, giving us the ability to increase production very quickly.”

“The fibre industry is significant in size and complexity,” Barker said.  “Developing flax strains capable of accessing all sectors of the industry is critical for our continued growth.  Our research project has already resulted in 200 acres of flax being planted in the Kingstree region this past winter, which will be ready for harvesting this spring, adding to our production capabilities in the upcoming year.”

We announced in November of last year that we had concluded all of the trials with our commercialization partners, and as a result had received a short-term flax fibre supply agreement from Hanesbrands.  We expect to complete commercialization agreements shortly.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. naturallyadvanced  |  27/01/2011 at 10:58 am


    Thank you for your interest in CRAiLAR.

    I’m sorry to inform you that we have no intention to produce yarn on a retail level. Our goal is to work with partners, such as Hanes, who purchase our fibre and in turn use it to create finished goods.

    Never say never but I would have to say that the chances are pretty slim.


  • 2. sasson gelb  |  22/05/2011 at 11:36 am

    Press releases regarding Crailar have created much interest in our Shatnez Laboratory, where we analyze textiles particularly to identify wool and linen. Crailar is descirbed as being produced from hemp and linen, from fiber or from seed. Which raw material is the actual source for Crailar ? Can you tell us more about the production process? Also in what type of garments can we expect to see Crailar? Is it possible to obtain samples of Crailar fiber and fabric?

    • 3. naturallyadvanced  |  01/06/2011 at 8:04 am

      Thank you for your interest in CRAiLAR.

      Please find the answers to your questions below.

      *We are currently using flax as our primary source for CRAiLAR Fibre.
      *CRAiLAR Fibres begin as the long, strong filaments found in the outermost part of the flax plant. The all-natural CRAiLAR process bathes these filaments in a proprietary enzyme wash that transforms them into soft, yet strong and durable, textile fibres.
      *You can expect to see CRAiLAR in performance apparel, health care supplies, consumer paper products, biodegradable plastics and much more.
      *We are unable to provide you with samples of the fibre at this time.

      Be sure to let me know if you have any further questions.



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