New Zealand Hemp Innovators
World's Strongest Plant Fibre
The stalk of the hemp plant is broken out into three sections, each of which is processed for different applications. The exterior of the stalk has two types of fibres. The long fibres are ideal for creating long-lasting and durable products such as rope, netting and canvas.
HempFram NZ & NZ Yarn has declared it will before long start introducing hemp fibre preparing equipment in a space at its production line in Burnside, Christchurch.
The new plant joins a decorticator that will isolate hemp stalks into fibre and hurd. Hemp fibre can be utilized for some, applications running from apparel to furniture covers and ground surface. Among its characteristics, hemp fibre doesn’t require substance handling or blanching, is solid and strong, has great breathability and hostile to bacterial properties.
The hurd (or shiv), is the woody centre material of the hemp plant – it has applications as a fire retardant, in protection and can be utilized to make paper and bioplastic items.
The handling equipment, the first of its sort to be utilized in New Zealand, is being imported from the UK in a few shipments. The office is being set up in a joint organization between NZ Yarn and Hemp New Zealand Ltd. A year ago Hemp New Zealand gained a 15% enthusiasm for NZ Yarn.
The hardware is relied upon to be operational toward the finish of this current year, after which business handling of hemp stalks into fibre will begin utilizing crop material from the 2019 collect.
“We’re hoping to have the option to deliver an exceptionally great fibre utilizing productive handling procedures,” said Dave Jordan, CEO of HempFarm New Zealand. “This will help place New Zealand at the front line of hemp and normal fibre development comprehensively”.
It’s a major bounce from fleece preparing to hemp for NZ Yarn, however CEO Colin McKenzie is certain of achievement and considers hemp to be being a decent mix with its fleece activities – actually.
“There are many, numerous possible uses for hemp and flax fibre in woven items and it has massively energizing potential over an assortment of segments,” he said. “Among the potential uses we are investigating are fleece and hemp mixes for use in a delicate deck, and we know from discussions with our clients that there is as of now solid enthusiasm for this kind of item.”
Hemp can be grown in New Zealand with a permit from the Ministry of Health.