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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

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

Target & NAT Sign Two Year Agreement

This morning, Naturally Advanced Technologies announced it has signed an exclusive deal with national retail giant Target.  Target and its vendors will be working with CRAiLAR Flax fiber to evaluate its uses in a number of domestic textile categories including sheets, top of bed, shower curtains, window treatments, table linens, decorative pillows, towels and more.

Ken Barker, CEO of Naturally Advanced Technologies, commented on the partnership agreement, which begins December 1, 2011, “Target represents a best-in-class partner for CRAiLAR in the domestic textiles category. Also the fiber’s performance in moisture management, shrinkage reduction, and dye chemical savings is in line with Target’s sustainability efforts.”

Target’s commitment to environmental sustainability is a focused effort in its Here for Good campaign.  With an entire website dedicated to the far reaching initiative, Target focuses on improving communities, health, education and the environment.

01/12/2011 at 11:55 am 1 comment

For 2012, Organic Cotton Market Is Forecasted to Grow 20%

Textile Exchange, the global organization dedicated to promoting the use of organic cotton, just released its annual Global Sustainable Textile Market Report. According to the Report, organic cotton represented a $6.2 billion industry last year and stands to grow another 20 percent in 2012, ballooning to $7.4 billion.

Along with that forecast, the Report also published its list of the top 10 corporations using organic cotton. Just a quick glance reveals that the list is filled with industry-leading apparel companies who wield strong taste-making influence, from athletic brands like Nike and adidas to big box retailer Target or mall fashion brand Zara.

At the top of the list is Sweden’s H & M, which used more than 15,000 tons of organic cotton in 2010. According to CSR Product Manager Henrik Lampa, by creating demand for organic cotton, H & M is incentivizing cotton farmers to adopt sustainable cultivation practices.

Of course, there are many experts who think that cotton, as a crop, is too difficult to sustainably grow. Given that opinion, we won’t be surprised when next year’s edition of the Report begins to track the rise of organic cotton alternatives, such as flax and hemp.

07/10/2011 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Los Angeles Times Covers the Benefits of CRAiLAR

This past weekend, the Los Angeles Times did a three-part feature on cotton and alternative fibres.  We were included in one of the three stories.  Have a read to find out what they have to say about CRAiLAR and other various fibres such as tencel, hemp and bamboo.

Much as they’re trumpeted by so-called eco-designers, plant-based alternatives to cotton are a minuscule piece of the fashion puzzle. Dwarfed by cotton and synthetics such as polyester, spandex and rayon, textiles made from flax, wood pulp, hemp and bamboo make up less than 2% of the market. But that percentage is growing due to consumer and corporate demand, as well as technological advancements that make natural fibers easier to transform into wearable fabrics.

To get the full story, click on the link below.

Beyond Cotton:  Which Alternative Fabrics are Eco Friendly?

Fabrics at a Glance

Cotton That’s Kinder to the Planet

21/06/2011 at 6:48 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

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