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Novel hemp fiber technology for spinning of textile fabrics

Country of origin:
Country: 
NETHERLANDS
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TONL20190212001
Published
18/04/2019
Last update
14/06/2019
Expiration date
14/06/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Advanced Textile Materials
Textiles (synthetic and natural)
Preparation and spinning of textile fibres
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Summary

Summary: 
A Dutch company is offering new hemp fiber technology that can be used on conventional equipment for the production of textile fabrics for clothing, household textiles, furniture, and medical applications. The Dutch company is searching for a partnership with a spinning company, who wants to learn to produce and buy hemp yarns/fabrics. The potential partner should be based in Turkey, Portugal or Spain. A commercial agreement with technical assistance is provided.

Description

Description: 

In recent years a group of engineers in cooperation with the University of Wageningen adjusted the existing technique of Steam Explosion in such a way that hemp fibers after treatment could be spun on existing spinning equipment; this resulted in high quality textiles. The Dutch company used this technique for the production of industrial hemp to have textile fibers that can be used for the production of yarns and fabrics for clothing, household textiles, and furniture. Hempfibers can replace cotton. Cotton production is considered to be less sustainable because of the water usage, very high amounts of chemicals are used, and the use of large areas of land. Production of hemp has none of these issues. Hemp gives very strong fibers with high wearing comfort (breathing) in clothing. Thanks to the new hemp fiber-technology the environmental impact of the production of textile fabrics will drop dramatically in terms of less use of water, no use of pesticides or chemicals, high crop yield. To create market for more hemp fiber, the Dutch company is searching for a partnership with a spinning company, who wants to produce the novel hemp fibers and to spin them into fabrics in cooperation with the Dutch company. To produce hemp fiber to yarn and/or fabric is complicated. Therefore a good collaboration between the Dutch company and the spinning company including feedback and technical information is required. That is the reason why the Dutch company offers technical support, and is willing to license their technique to process the novel hemp fibers for the production of yarns. The potential partner should be prepared :
- To cooperate on a long term basis
- Is able to buy min 1000 kg hemp with a price of €4 for each kg.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Hempfibers can replace cotton. Thanks to this new material-technology the environmental impact of the production of textile fabrics will drop dramatically in terms of less use of water, no use of pesticides or chemicals, high crop yield.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Dutch company is searching for an SME with at least 30 workers and who wants to collaborate on a long-term basis. The role of the spinning partner is to produce the novel hemp fibers and to spin them into fabrics in cooperation with the Dutch company

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,SME 51-250

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Portugal, Spain, Turkey