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CRAILAR.COM LAUNCHES

CRAILAR.COM SETS STAGE FOR NATURALLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES’ INTRODUCTION OF CRAiLAR FLAX FIBER TO WORLDWIDE CONSUMERS

NAT announced this morning that it has launched  its newly-created principal web property, Crailar.com. 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

NAT Label Victory

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. announced Monday that the Federal Trade Commission will allow the company to label products made with its fiber as “flax” rather than “linen.”

The distinction is important for the company, which keeps its executive offices in Portland, as it pursues a retail strategy with partners including HanesBrands, Target and Levi Strauss & Co., some of the brands that are evaluating or using Naturally Advanced’s flax-based Crailar fiber.  To read the full story click here.

10/07/2012 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Pamplico CRAiLAR Facility Update

The Pamplico CRAiLAR facility continues to be readied for the delivery of our first containers of machinery.  We’re still in process to get all certifications complete and the rigging installed, so very soon we will see this grand space buzzing with activity.

The last pile of recycling ready to be carted away

Impressive interior

Quite a large undertaking

Hardhats required

 

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

The CRAiLAR Team

 

04/06/2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Pick up & Delivery

As we mentioned in our post about baling, the first deliveries to our new facility in Pamplico were literally hours later.  Once the flax has been baled we pick them up and take delivery.  The round bales weigh in at a very respectable 1000lbs each.  Notice the attention the teams are putting into tying down, checking in, and building the bale pyramids. We check in all of the bales with UPC labels, so we can trace where all of our feedstock is coming from, and of course that no bale goes missing.

 

The first bales of flax arrive at the Pamplico facility.

Checking in the bales.

A half ton each.

Keep ’em coming!

Tons of straw on every delivery

Neat, tidy and fast delivery

Stacks of flax

Stay tuned for more updates,
The CRAiLAR Team

 

03/06/2012 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Field Day Update

Field Day went off without a hitch!  Lucky for us, the weather cooperated and everyone had a great day out.  An introductory meeting was held after the guests arrived at the Pee Dee Research Center.

With Dr. Roy Dodd as the Master of Ceremonies, our distinguished guests were introduced as they spoke and addressed the crowd.  A grower’s guide was provided to all attendees and naturally allowed to ask questions along the way.  An introduction to CRAiLAR and flax was provided along with an explanation of the field display.  Guests were then shuttled to the field to see flax in various stages of growth and harvest along with the support equipment. Equipment representatives were available to answer any questions about machine settings & functions.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who came by to learn more about CRAiLAR and flax, share experiences from the past season, and prepare for the upcoming fall planting.  Our informative afternoon was capped off with a delicious dinner, catered by Roger’s Bar B Que.  Thank you for the great food and generous hospitality!

Clemson’s Pee Dee Center

The Pee Dee Center Grounds.

 Guests arrive and check out what’s happening at the CRAiLAR booth.

Guests listening intently to updates from the CRAiLAR Team.

Guests are shuttled out to the various flax fields.

Up close and personal with the recently harvested flax straw.

Machinery needed for the season.

Guests taking in the equipment presentations.

Guests lining up to enjoy Roger’s delicious bar-b-que.

Talk to you soon!
The CRAiLAR TEAM

21/05/2012 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

NAT to host Farm Day!

This coming Tuesday, May 15th, Naturally Advanced will be hosting CRAiLAR’s Farm Day.  Held at the Pee Dee Research Center, our fiber flax cropping demo will feature demonstrations including planting, seeding, mowing, raking/tedding and baling.

Growers will be learning more about the production of Fiber Flax.  The Naturally Advanced Technologies management team will be there to tell the CRAiLAR story, answer questions, to discuss the unique double cropping opportunity and best practices.

Grow with us!

11/05/2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

NAT and Lenzing Fibers enter into Joint Development Agreement

 Naturally Advanced Technologies and the Austria based company, Lenzing Fibers, the world wide leader in cellulosic man made fibres, have entered into a joint agreement.  NAT’s CRAiLAR Flax is to be blended with the Lenzing Fibers TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal®.

“This is an important development for CRAiLAR Flax in that, to-date, both of our commercial and exploratory partnership agreements have been focused on how CRAiLAR can blend at varying levels with natural fibers for apparel, home and industrial applications,” said Ken Barker, Chief Executive Officer, Naturally Advanced Technologies. “With Lenzing, we can now evaluate the opportunity to expand the host fibers with which CRAiLAR can blend to identify new performance attributes, applications and industries. This is truly a new frontier for the future of our natural fibers, and working with the global leader Lenzing creates a very powerful industry platform in both sustainability and performance. This partnership will have applications in industry sectors where polyester fibers have been the norm, in addition to our existing applications as a sustainable complement to cotton.”

Lenzing, the only company worldwide to house the manufacturing of each of these three manmade cellulosic fiber generations on an industrial scale, recently released its eco MicroModal® fiber at Paris Fashion Week in February 2012.   Shortly following, Lenzing announced a record-setting year at the company with double-digit growth in sales and profits.

“With CRAiLAR Flax and the applications that we have discussed to date, we look forward to taking advantage of its unique attributes, and to extending the range of products we can introduce with CRAiLAR Flax to our global brand partners,” said Peter Bartsch, Head of Marketing Apparel.

The agreement, signed April 24, calls for CRAiLAR to be evaluated according to specifications for any of Lenzing’s cellulosic fiber categories.  Lenzing is a pioneer in global fiber markets dating back nearly 75 years.  Its raw material for fibers is wood, which is the basis for producing dissolving pulp subsequently processed into cellulose fibers. Its commitment to the principles of sustainability has led Lenzing to be recognized for setting some of the highest environmental standards in the industry.  To read the full press release please click here.

10/05/2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Harvest Time

As mentioned Wednesday this week, we would like to keep you updated on how things are going with the flax harvest this spring.  At the risk of sounding a bit smug, we can confidently say that our efforts are bearing fruit, seed and straw in our case.

We have been working on growth trials, trying various strains of flax from around the world, and testing the fields for a few seasons, and we are getting very close to harvest in South Carolina.  Winter growing is a bit of a challenge but flax is proving itself to be a very robust and hardy plant.

Below is a series of snaps that we’ve taken over the past week or so.  We’ve also been getting our growers together and up to date on the latest harvesting methods, equipment and building some good, old-fashioned CRAiLAR team spirit along the way.

Tending the field, assessing the crops’ progress


 Flax in bloom

Flax blossoms close up

Flax seed bolls closeup

Shelbourne Header fixed to the combine

 Shelbourne Stripper Header refresher course

 Setting up the mower (the flax straw will be cut as close to the ground as possible)

 Flax straw mowed and allowed to ret.  Next stop: Pamplico  

Speak to you soon!

The CRAiLAR Team

04/05/2012 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

New CRAiLAR Facility: update in pictures

We’ve been working fervently at our new CRAiLAR facility in Pamplico, SC, since we announced signing the lease in March this year.   As one can imagine, it’s not overnight that you can repurpose a former spinning mill into a newly designed and engineered facility, but we’re doing just that. Engineering the blueprints and purchasing new equipment began a while ago, and now we’re very happy and extremely proud to put these months of planning and hard work into action.  We also thought it would be interesting to show everyone what we’re up to, keeping you updated on our activities and progress along the way.  It’s certainly turning out to be dusty, sweaty, exhausting work, but we’d have it no other way.  There’s nothing we like better than getting some dirt under our fingernails.

 

CRAiLAR’s new home in Pamplico, SC.

 

Our engineering partners hard at work finalizing plans and blueprints.

 

Stack plan for flax bales prior to processing.

 
Our building cleaned out, prepped and ready for construction.

 

We’re raising the roof, so the ceiling comes down first.

 

Adams Electrical on site to ensure we don’t zap ourselves!

 

The dust promises to only get heavier, please stay in touch and look out for further updates… next project: Harvest time.
Speak to you soon!
The CRAiLAR Team

02/05/2012 at 12:40 pm 2 comments

NAT’S CRAiLAR Flax Earns 100% USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Naturally Advanced Technologies’ CRAiLAR Flax fibre has earned the USDA’s certified Biobased Product Label.

 “This is an important distinction for CRAiLAR Flax fiber and our partner brands who use it,” said Ken Barker, Chief Executive Officer, Naturally Advanced Technologies.  Consumers may feel secure in making well founded purchasing decisions considering all biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA.  The USDA BioPreffered Program was created in 2002.

The program’s purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products.  The  “USDA Certified Biobased Product” label assures the consumer that the USDA and Federal government stand behind the claims of the vendor and that the product or packaging contains biological ingredients.  Every product that has the “USDA Certitied Biopreferred” label has been submitted to the USDA for testing prior to approval. CRAiLAR is planning to feature the “Biopreffered Label” on certified products and available for consumers on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of partner brands.

Ken Barker, CEO adds to that, “Alongside the performance attributes we have uncovered across product categories, it further shapes the story that our partners can articulate to consumers, and provides another layer of assurance that the product ingredients are shaped by sunlight, rainfall, and low-touch inputs.”  To read the full press release please click here.

20/04/2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

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