Archive for June, 2011
And cotton has woes of its own, but for the opposite reason: a drought in Texas.
The government said on Thursday that The United States will have a surplus of just 695 million bushels of corn next year, less than the 900 million estimated last month.
The Agriculture Department said rain delayed planting schedules and will likely diminish crops by harvest time in September. This followed a more optimistic forecast in May, which predicted a drop in corn exports that could have replenished U.S. food supplies and eased prices.
More expensive grain has led to food price increases this year. Manufacturers and grocery stores have passed higher costs on to consumers. For all of 2011, the USDA predicts food prices will rise 3 percent to 4 percent.
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CRAiLEX is the brand name for the purified pulp created from our exclusively held patented process. In recent tests, CRAiLEX has proven to exhibit higher-grade value pulps than any other hard- or soft-wood pulps. The pulps are being used by Ashland to create their line of cellulosic products for multiple industries.
“This is the start of our CRAiLEX technology roll out,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “In the same manner and strategy we employed to bring our CRAiLAR® technology to commercialization, partnering with an industry leader such as Ashland Inc. is a key milestone in the development of CRAiLEX. We are extremely proud of the opportunity and partnership potential in working with Ashland.”
Today we are pleased to announce that we have entered into a short-term CRAiLAR® Flax fibre development agreement with Cintas Corporation beginning June 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR flax fibre in corporate identity uniform programs.
“Cintas is the leading uniform brand in the U.S. and we are looking forward to supporting their manufacturing processes,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “This agreement is further validation that NAT promises a significant impact for global corporations from both a sustainability and performance standpoint. We look forward to showing Cintas how CRAiLAR can perform across its product categories.”
Based on previous testing, we expect CRAiLAR Flax fibre to deliver increased durability and longevity to the uniform market due to the tensile strength of CRAiLAR. In addition, CRAiLAR’s ability to wick moisture should provide users of Cintas uniforms a more comfortable uniform to wear in hot summer months.
Since March, we have announced a 10-year purchasing agreement with Hanesbrands, along with development agreements with Georgia-Pacific and Levi’s. Hanes represented the first commercialization agreement for our CRAiLAR flax fibre. We anticipate further marketing plans for Hanes to be announced later this year.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
Fabric is one of the oldest materials humans have used for shelter; it remains an important material with diverse applications in design and construction today, and it will play an even more important role in the constructed environment in the future.
Predictions of energy scarcity and resource depletion, exacerbated by the burgeoning middle class in developing countries like China and India, point to ensuing decades of high commodity prices and fuel shortages. In these circumstances, existing resources and structures will be valued more highly, and traditional, energy-intensive practices like “raze and rebuild”—in which buildings are demolished to make way for others—will be less attractive. Instead, architects and builders will have to be more resourceful in their treatment of existing contexts and materials.