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NAT announced this morning that it has launched  its newly-created principal web property, The site moves the Company’s external brand focus toward its featured product, CRAiLAR Flax Fiber, and aims to speak to consumers, growers, partner brands, and investors.  Portland, Ore.-based Sticky Co., a multi-disciplinary design studio with a focus on interactive and motion media, executed the creative on the project.  To read the full press release click here.

12/07/2012 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

OSU to host Sustainable Textiles Symposium

On May 14th, Oregon State University will be hosting the Sustainable Textiles Symposium.  Steve Richardson of Patagonia will discuss the environmental footprint of apparel.  Becky Hurd of NIKE  will speak about new production techniques.  Jay Nalbach of NAT will be shedding some light on  sustainable fiber development.

The Symposium will feature seven presentations from West Coast based textile and apparel companies and businesses involved in the manufacturing, dyeing, recycling, certification, labeling, and design of sustainable textiles. Two roundtable discussions will offer students and the community a chance to ask in depth questions of the speakers on sustainability issues.

The Symposium is made possible through a 2012 grant from the Student Sustainability Initiative of OSU and the Department of Design and the Human Environment (DHE).

All presentations will take place in the Austin Auditorium at the Lasells Stewart Center, OSU, Corvallis Campus. All Roundtables will be in a designated Ag room also at the Lasells Stewart Center.  To see the full breakdown of speakers and details for the event please click here.

You can visit the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) here.

07/05/2012 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

10 Cleantech Leaders to Watch

Portland Business Journal/Sustainable Business Oregon found 10 cleantech leaders to watch.  Featured is our CEO, Ken Barker and nine other leaders who showcase the potential for the sector and will be making waves in the coming months.  Check them out here.


26/03/2012 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

NAT Named to the 2012 TSX Venture 50

Ranked 4th in the Clean Tech Sector

Victoria, B.C. and Portland, Ore. (February 22, 2012) – Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (“NAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NAT) (OTCBB: NADVF), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers, announced that TSX Venture Exchange has named the Company to its 2012 TSX Venture 50, a list assembled based on quantitative measurement of top performing publicly traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). NAT was ranked fourth in Clean Tech sector.  To read the full story click here.

22/02/2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Governor Kitzhaber Praises NAT

As momentum builds for NAT in Oregon, Governor John Kitzhaber mentioned the company in his annual address at the Oregon Leadership Summit on Monday, December 12. From the speech:

“Finally, we must develop strategies to identify and replace imports from external suppliers with market-competitive, Oregon-made products – thus enhancing Oregon’s ‘cluster’ strategy by connecting cluster supply chains to Oregon-based firms and innovations.

One example is Naturally Advanced Technologies. With seed capital from Oregon’s Meriwether Group, they are unlocking the potential of sustainable biomass resources, turning flax into fibers for business giants like Hanes, Levis and Georgia Pacific. And with their recent [addition of a U.S. subsidiary in] Lake Oswego, they intend to work with Oregon farmers to plant flax in the Willamette Valley for their new organic super fiber.”

For the Governor’s full speech, visit here.

14/12/2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

The Oregonian; NAT officials say their fiber could change apparel production

Ken Barker hands over a piece of cardboard with fabric swatches attached.

Barker is delivering his feel test, challenging his subject to detect the difference between cotton-only pieces and those with a combination of cotton and “Crailar,” a fiber derived from flax stalks.

Barker, chief executive of Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., the makers of Crailar, has touted the fiber’s benefits to provide protection against volatile cotton prices. Crailer also has a much smaller ecological footprint than cotton’s, his company’s research shows.

And Oregon — from the company’s Lake Oswego-based managers to Willamette Valley farmers — are expected to play a key role in growing Crailar from seedling concept to harvested game-changer.

Barker has convinced the likes of Target Corp., Levi Strauss & Co., HanesBrands and Carhartt that Crailar could make a difference in production of fabrics and apparel.

Crailar has partnered with those companies and others to produce or test Crailar for a variety of products. Naturally Advanced announced Thursday that Target has entered a development and supply agreement to evaluate Crailar in the retailer’s domestic textiles category such as table linens, window treatments and towels.  To read the full story click here.

02/12/2011 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

NAT hosts Corporate Update Call

This afternoon, Naturally Advanced Technologies will be hosting a corporate update at 1:30 pm PDT, 4:30 PM EDT.  A verbal presentation on recent corporate developments will be followed by a question and answer session led by Chief Executive Officer, Ken Barker.    Participants may join the call via telephone by dialing 888-312-3047, or 719-457-1529 for international callers at least 5-10 minutes before the presentation start time.  A webcast will also be featured on the company website’s investor page.

01/12/2011 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

NAT Supports Special Olympics Oregon

The Governors’ Gold Awards are an annually held event benefiting Special Olympics Oregon, a unique organization serving Special Olympics’ athletes statewide since 1972.  The G.G.A. recognizes individuals, companies, organizations and communities that have contributed to the “greatness” of Oregon.  NAT was honored to sponsor a table and be in the company of Oregon’s visionary corporate community.  Dan Wieden, of Wieden+Kennedy, Ken & Joan Austin, co-founders of A-dec, Inc. and Jean M. Auel, international best-selling author of the Earth’s Children series, were three of the honorees recognized that night.  CEO Ken Barker and his wife Diane Barker, CMO Jay Nalbach and Director of Corporate Communications Ryan Leverenz were joined by James Mast, interim director of Drive Oregon, Shayne Kniss, president of Iris Capital Management and Rick Anguilla, principal of Guidance Counsel.  The real stars however, were the Special Olympic athletes themselves.  Their stories of gained self-confidence and their determination to experience joy, while developing physical fitness, were an inspiration to all in attendance.

28/10/2011 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

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