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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

Baling in South Carolina

While many of you out there may see this type of activity on your local fields fairly regularly, trust us, it’s not flax that is being baled up.  The CRAiLAR team is happy to see our flax which was harvested a few short weeks ago, get baled up, sorted and prepared to be picked up for delivery to our Pamplico facility.  While the baling is taken care of with some very large machinery and talented operators, the logistics of getting the bales lined up, placed on the flatbeds, tied down and delivered is no small feat.  Thanks to everyone for all your continued effort!

Lining up and arranging the bales

Neat and orderly

Another snap of a field ready to be moved out

No less impressive, square bales in the barn, ready to go

All of this hard work just continues.  Updates on the delivery coming, stay tuned!

 

The CRAiLAR Team

 

03/06/2012 at 8:58 am 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

Pamplico Facility: Update in pictures

Following our last update, we have included a few more pictures documenting the progress we are making at our Pamplico Facility.  The inefficient lighting has been stripped from the ceiling and old ductwork has been dismantled.  These materials will then be organized and carted off to the recycling center.  All asbestos has been removed and contained properly.  The lead paint has been encapsulated which brings the building up to code.  We’re closing in on next steps and ready for the deliveries and installation of the rigs and supports, creating the “skeleton” upon which all of our equipment will operate.

Lights and ducts stripped from the ceiling

Sorted and ready for recycling

Asbestos removed and contained

 Electrical work

Engineers onsite

Speak to you soon!
The CRAiLAR team

09/05/2012 at 12:55 pm 2 comments

India Bans Cotton Exports; Global Prices Jump

(Reuters) – India banned cotton exports with immediate effect on Monday to ensure supplies for domestic mills, boosting global prices some 4.5 percent as the absence of shipments from the world’s second-largest producer might tighten a market facing weak demand. Read the full story here.

05/03/2012 at 11:20 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


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