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Just When You Thought These Retailers Were Safe

Just when it seemed as if the price of cotton was heading down and clothing retailers could get back to the important business of style rather than the tedious business of product costs, India goes and drops the hammer on the cotton market. On Monday, the Indian government announced that it will immediately and indefinitely ban all cotton exports, including shipments that had already been scheduled but not yet shipped.

Not this again
Around this time last year, clothing retailers were struggling to survive after the price of cotton had nearly tripled in just one year. Despite a long drought in Texas, where much of the United States’ cotton is grown, prices fell by more than 50% throughout the year. The United States is the world’s biggest cotton exporter, but the trouble here was outweighed by what is projected to be a record harvest in Australia and softening global demand.  To read the full story click here.

12/03/2012 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Investor Update Conference Call

This coming Thursday, August 18, at 1:30 pm PDT, 4:30 pm EDT we will be holding an Investor Update Conference Call. Our CEO, Ken Barker, will provide an update on recent corporate developments followed by a question and answer session.

Event Details

  • To participate via telephone, please dial 888-587-0614, or 719-325-2448 for international callers at least 5-10 minutes before the presentation start time.
  • To listen by webcast please join at the investor relations section of the NAT website:

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast and call, the telephone replay will be available until midnight EDT, September 9, 2011 by dialing 877-870-5176, or 858-384-5517 for international callers, and entering pin number 7401750. The webcast will be available for replay for one week at



16/08/2011 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Naturally Advanced Technologies Closes $13.1 Million Offering

We are pleased to announce the closing of our previously announced bought deal public offering of 3,800,000 units of the Company at a price of C$3.45 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of C$13,110,000 .  Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one half of one common share purchase warrant of the Company. Each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common share of the Company at an exercise price of C$4.50 per common share at any time before 5:00 p.m. PST on July 8, 2013.

We plan to use the net proceeds from the Offering for capacity expansion, debt repayment, working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Our CEO,Ken Barker, commented: “The support received for this Offering shows that the market, like Company management, believes that there is significant value in our “green tech” focus on providing environmentally-friendly textile, composite, biomass and pulping solutions through the cost effective process of converting industrial flax, hemp and other bast fibre crops through its patented CRAiLAR® and CRAiLEXTM technologies.  NAT brings sustainable bast fibre-based products to market, providing environmentally-friendly natural fibre alternatives for a broad range of existing and emerging product applications, with equivalent or superior performance characteristics to cotton, wood or fossil-fuel based competitors.”

08/07/2011 at 6:02 am Leave a comment

Hemmed in by Cotton, Hanes Eases into Flax

A big thanks to Rachel Dodes of the Wall Street Journal for an excellent write up on our partnership with Hanesbrands Inc.

Touching on the issue of rising cotton prices and the development and benefits of new cotton/flax blend products,we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Click Here to See Naturally Advanced Technologies in The Wall Street Journal

12/04/2011 at 7:20 am 2 comments

Global Corporations Plan to Increase Cleantech Investments

Venture capital investing recently rose to the second highest quarterly figure ever for the industry.  According to a new report out from Ernst & Young, three quarters of corporate investors surveyed said they plan to increase their budgets for cleantech investments between 2012 and 2014.

Specifically 44% of the corporate investors surveyed said they plan to spend over $50 million on cleantech, and 12 percent said they plan to spend over $250 million on cleantech during that time.  These are the types of companies that are international and have revenues of $1 billion or more, and are active in cleantech investing.

Forty percent of the corporate investors surveyed said they plan to spend their cleantech-targeted funds on research and development for cleantech products, while 20 percent of those surveyed said that they plan to increase cleantech investment in order to directly increase revenue.  The report says that companies invested in energy efficiency technologies during the down turn to save money, but then those efficiencies have now turned into a competitive advantage.

Acquisitions are also high on corporate investors minds.  The Ernst & Young report says that almost three quarters of respondents have acquired a cleantech company or plan to consider acquiring a cleantech company in the future.

07/04/2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

The Future of Farmland

“Betting the Farm – and Winning”, an article I recently read in McLeans magazine, got me to thinking about the future of farming.  Farmland is a “forever asset”, investors are buying it up and it’s making traditionalists nervous.

Investment of private equity in farmland has been ongoing for several years in the U.K., Ukraine, New Zealand and Australia.  (In fact, the Alberta pension fund is reported to have purchased land in Australia that will be developed into a timber plantation and farm.)  The governments of land-poor countries such as Saudi Arabia and Korea, as well as corporations and hedge funds, are buying huge swaths of farmland in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, in what many call a land grab.  A World Bank report on the issue described how farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, displaced after land was sold to a foreign buyer, had to pay guards at a national park to let them grow their crops there.

According to Wayne Caldwell, professor of rural planning and development at the University of Guelph, allowing private equity companies to purchase farmland can be problematic.  “We have a legacy of farms being places where people live and make a living.  It’s a romantic view, but it’s also a reality,” he said.  “We’re in uncharted territory and we’re not sure what the implications will be.”

To get the full story, click here.

22/03/2011 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

Cleantech Forum – From Data to Impact

Since 2002, the Cleantech Group has brought together numerous premier events for entrepreneurs, investors, enterprise CEOs, policy-makers and other global forerunners of the clean technology sector.

They will be holding their annual flagship West Coast Cleantech Forum in San Francisco from March 14th to 16th.  The region’s most important cleantech event of the year will be covering the innovations in information technology that are providing deeper insights into cleantech ROI and impact – and how the ability to measure and analyze performance will allow us to take cleantech to scale around the world.

The convergence of cleantech and information technology is ushering in a truly new era in clean technology, enabling faster global deployments, greater scale, and more precise measurement of impact than ever before.  Now, across all major sectors of the clean technology economy, the ability to collect, communicate, and analyze vast new streams of data is opening up opportunities for new technologies to come to market faster than ever before and offering decision makers more accurate, transparent insight into the effectiveness of cleantech deployments.  Energy, water, transportation, waste, and agriculture, are all being reshaped by information technology solutions that are allowing for the fundamental acceleration of global cleantech adoption.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco is the only clean technology conference that will unite the world’s leading corporate executives, investors, startups, and policy makers to explore the expanding opportunities and critical challenges at the cleantech and IT nexus.

The Cleantech Forum San Francisco will you get the insights and market intelligence to build a solid strategy and meet the entrepreneurs and global partners to put your plans into practice.

08/03/2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment


Today we announced that we’ve joined forces with Hanesbrands Inc. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in a cooperative research project designed to cultivate and evaluate the viability of various flax strains for use in our CRAiLAR technology.  The project takes place in South Carolina and has an initial term of one year with a renewal option for two additional years.

We have already successfully transformed flax fibres blended with cotton into sustainable yarns and fabrics that posses unique properties such as moisture management and shrinkage resistance, with the comfort and price parity of cotton. The new partnership with Hanesbrands Inc. and the USDA-ARS is a strategic step in our optimization of flax fibres as the foundation for the next phase of our proprietary CRAiLAR technology.  Success of the project will result in the achievement of producing a viable, natural substitute to synthetic fibres that effectively blends with cotton to create new markets and new uses for natural fibres.

“We’ve announced previously that we had created a viable sustainable complement to cotton using flax fibre in our CRAiLAR process,” said Ken Barker, CEO of Naturally Advanced Technologies.  “This new research we’re conducting, in partnership with Hanesbrands Inc. and the USDA-ARS, allows us to identify the best possible flax strain and agricultural practices suited for the needs of the apparel and related fibre markets, and will maximize the effectiveness of our CRAiLAR process.”

The project, led by ARS, the chief in-house scientific research agency of USDA, is part of the agency’s Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) program — the primary tool linking government and industry researchers in cooperative research work.  ARS scientists will collaborate with NAT and Hanesbrands Inc. to assess various flax varieties and their viability for cultivation in the South Carolina region, as well as which crop conditions, harvesting and processing techniques will produce the highest possible yield of consistently superior fibres.  Testing will take place at two ARS research facilities in Florence and Clemson, S.C., after which we will convert the resulting flax crop into textile-grade fibres.

The all-natural, 100%-organic CRAiLAR process is the first to successfully remove the binding agents from flax that contribute to its stiff texture by processing the fibres in a patented enzyme wash using dedicated equipment.  The result is a fibre that has both the tensile strength of flax and the sought-after qualities of cotton.  Spinning trials facilitated by NAT and Hanesbrands Inc. earlier this year have proven that CRAiLAR-treated flax can be spun on existing cotton spinning machinery.

Along with Hanesbrands, we have jointly committed to provide approximately $100,000 per year in in-kind contributions to help fund the project which is expected to benefit local farmers — creating new business opportunities and potentially establishing flax as a major winter crop in the South Carolina region — and to create job prospects for the people of Kingstree, S.C.

18/01/2011 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

The Fibre Price Sheet

The economic climate is still recovering, yet retail trends seem to be rolling along in step with the changing seasons. But what is really going on in the retail industry?  Fibre prices are escalating and the front of house is trying to retain its steady compusure while the back of house is scrambling to make production ends meet.

“Once these higher fibre prices filter through the supply chain, it’s going to be painful,”  said Gary Raines, vice president of economics and analysis with FCStone Fibers & Textiles.  “Who’s going to crack first?  Will consumers willingly pay higher year-over-year prices for apparel?   I’m not sure.  2011 is shaping up to be unlike any year we’ve seen.  There is a major disjoint between retail trends and what’s happening on the fibre side.” –

Both synthetics and cotton will soon be out of the question if prices continue to rise at such a dramatic rate.  Iti’s now time that farmers, designers and manufacturers begin to look for economically vialable alternatives.

Our own fibre, CRAiLAR® Flax is soft like cotton, has a similar color, possesses similar performance traits and is cool and comfortable to wear year-round.  CRAiLAR® Flax and cotton look the same, fit the same and wash the same.  Still, CRAiLAR® Flax fibres shrink less than cotton fibres do, wick moisture better, and have increased dye uptake meaning they take less chemicals to reach the same color levels.

With cotton prices currently well over a dollar per pound, flax is a cost-effective raw material for fibre
production.  We estimate that we will be able to provide CRAiLAR® Flax at approximately $0.90 per
pound making it an economically viable complement to cotton.

The revolutionary all-natural CRAiLAR® process is non-polluting and consumes a lot less energy and
water than it takes to produce other natural fibers.  While CRAiLAR® Organic Fibres are strong and
durable like petroleum-based synthetics, they’re made from earth-friendly flax or hemp.  The processing
chemicals used within the CRAiLAR® process have been approved for use as textile auxiliary agents
according to the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).  GOTS approved inputs are screened for
prohibited toxic chemicals such as aromatic solvents, heavy metals or fluorocarbons as well as
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).  All substances must also comply with strict toxicity and
eliminability standards.

06/01/2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Investor Update Conference

Don’t miss out on our most recent developments – join us today by phone at 2pm PST / 5pm EST for our Investor Update Conference Call .  NAT CEO, Ken Barker, will provide an update on recent corporate developments followed by a question and answer session.

To participate via telephone, please dial 800.967.7187, or +1 719.325.2418 for international callers, at least 10 minutes before the presentation start time.  The passcode is 7723359.

If you are unable to participate during the live call, the telephone replay will be available until midnight EST, December 16th by dialing 877.870.5176, or +1 858.384.5517 for international callers, and entering passcode 7723359.

09/12/2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

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