Industrial Hemp Fiber Processing to Increase in North America

Canadian farmers harvested a record breaking tonnage of industrial hemp last year.  Every day more states in the US are passing farm bills that legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp.  This is exciting news for FlexForm Technologies, but we cannot use raw fiber straight from the field.  If we are going to take advantage of native fiber, we need processing facilities to be built and start processing the fiber into a usable form for our machinary.

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Canadian farmer harvesting industrial hemp

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A recent post on the blog of Alberta Innovates: Technology Futures entitled “Hemp Processing Plants Planned For Alberta” has identified two possible hemp processing plants being planned for construction in the next few years.  The websites The Western Producer and Leaf Science both report the same information.  This is welcome news.  Alberta is a great spot for processing plants to be established, as it is already legal to grow the industrial hemp there.  Also, Alberta Innovates: Technology Futures provides scientific and development expertise to assist the processing companies to be successful.

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Dr. Jan Slaski and Dr. John Wolodko of Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures conduct research on hemp fibre products at an Edmonton lab. (Photo: AITF)

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Apparently Cylab International and Stemia are both planning to build facilities costing an estimated $32 million dollars a piece.  From the post by Western Producer:

“Cylab International plans to move its operations from China to an undetermined location in southern Alberta.
 “It’s definitely going ahead,” said Cylab chief executive officer Brett Boag Jan. 17.
 “We are still determining the place. ” …”

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The other plant likely to build in Alberta is called Stemia, which has identified a site near Chin, as the location for a flax and hemp straw decortication plant…”

“Mike Duckett of Stemia said its proposed $32 million plant is probable but not yet confirmed, and he expects to know more in two to three months.
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Mike Duckett of Stemia

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