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Portland, Ore. – February 21, 2012 – Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) (OTCBB: NADVF) (TSXV: NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR(r), a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers, announced today it has secured the services of Ralph Fisher, located in Salem, Ore., as a regional agronomic advisor to the company. In this capacity, Fisher will work with NAT to help contract planted acres of flax in Oregon. He will also work closely with NAT and Oregon State University (OSU) to evaluate strains, growth cycles and techniques that ensure the greatest yields in the region. Fisher, who obtained his B.S. in Crop Science from OSU in 1978, begins his work with the company immediately, with a focus on the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons. To read the full story click here.
Naturally Advanced Technologies announced today that it has entered into a short term CRAiLAR® Flax fiber development agreement with Carhartt beginning in September 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR Flax fiber in premium grade work wear. To read the full story click here.
We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a purchasing agreement for a minimum of one and a half million pounds of CRAiLAR Fibre with Brilliant Global Knitwear. The Hong Kong based private label knitwear manufacturer produces a broad spectrum of sweater and accessory items in natural fibres for globally recognized brands. The agreement is to commence in October 2011.
“This agreement represents our third purchasing agreement since March and brings our total client roster to seven global brands,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “Brilliant works with the most recognizable brands and retailers in North America and we intend to demonstrate the significant capabilities of CRAiLAR Flax to perform seamlessly within its portfolio, while integrating a sustainable, all-natural fiber into its textile mix and its consumer product story.”
A big thanks to Textile World for featuring CRAiLAR Flax as Quality Fabric of the Month!
CRAiLAR® Flax is soft like cotton, has a similar colour, 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 fibers shrink less than cotton fibers do, wick moisture better, and have increased dye uptake meaning they take less chemicals to reach the same color levels.
With cotton prices currently over a $1.50 per pound, flax is a cost-effective raw material for fiber production. We estimate that in 2011 we will be able to provide CRAiLAR® Flax for between $0.90 and $1.25 per pound, making it an economically viable complement to cotton.