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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

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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

Company to set up in Florence County

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. plans to open a facility in Florence County. An initial $8 million investment will create 25 jobs as part of the company’s move to the county.

The company produces and markets CRAiLAR®, a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers.

“We thank the state of South Carolina, Florence County and all those who helped to establish the company’s presence in South Carolina,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT in a press release. “We are proud to see our investments and hard work beginning to pay off in the form of the production of CRAiLAR for commercial use. We’re particularly excited that Hanesbrands, our first production partner for Crailar, is being recognized this month for its sustainability efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and that it cited the use of our flax fiber, produced out of our test facility in Kingstree, in its EcoSmart socks available at retail in April. We look forward to further establishing our commercial, agricultural and civic partnerships in the state.”

NAT will locate its operations in the 143,500-square-foot Delta Mills Cypress plant on Old River Road in Pamplico.  To read the full story click here.

13/03/2012 at 9:41 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

NAT, Tuscarora Team To Develop CRAiLAR® Flax Blends For New Application

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), Vancouver, Canada, has granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to Mt. Pleasant, N.C.-based Tuscarora Yarns Inc., under which Tuscarora will design and manufacture specialty yarns containing blends of NAT’s CRAiLAR® Flax fiber with cotton or other fibers. The yarns are being developed for sale and distribution to third-party Crailar licensees. NAT expects the partnership will open avenues for the fiber’s use in heretofore-unexplored apparel and home furnishings sectors.

“Tuscarora is one of the most innovative yarn spinners in the world, and has the ability to prepare us for entry into several unexplored categories such as couture fashion, sports performance, extreme weather gear, and certain sectors of home furnishings,” said NAT CEO Ken Barker. “This agreement will seek to push the applications of CRAiLAR beyond our first phase of cotton blending and establish new market sectors for this unique and sustainable natural fiber.”

Crailar technology comprises an enzymatic process that converts bast fibers such as hemp, flax, jute and kenaf into materials that are as soft as cotton but more durable and eco-friendly, according to NAT. These bast fibers can be blended with cotton and other fibers; and can be processed using existing spinning, weaving, knitting or other fabric-forming processes. Applications range from various apparel and home textiles products to industrial textiles.  To read the full story please click here.

01/02/2012 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Cotton Rises to Two-Month High on Economy; Orange Juice Declines

Cotton futures jumped to a two month-high on speculation that better-than-expected economic data in China, the U.S. and Germany signals higher demand for raw materials. Orange juice dropped.

Global equities rallied after gross domestic product in China, the world’s second-largest economy, grew 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter, above the median in a Bloomberg News survey. A U.S. Federal Reserve report showed manufacturing in the New York region increased at the fastest pace in nine months, and German investor confidence rose by a record.  To read the rest of the story click here.

18/01/2012 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

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