What makes Canfiber’s technology special is that it is a portable process conceived to meet a need for affordable hemp processing equipment. Coupled for better or for worse with its narcotic cousin, marijuana, Washington DC sent a strong signal to the world when they legalized recreational use of the plant & passed a Hemp Farm Bill in 2014 that allowed growing in states with a pre-existing framework to manage the new green industry.
With this rediscovered plant (that was in everything prior to the introduction of nylon), people will begin to learn of all the everyday products we use and throw into a landfill can be made using hemp & kenaf! The technology will allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to invest in nearby value-added processing/distribution points to bring plant-based product costs below that of identical yet carbon intensive products & boost local economies. There are dozens of simple to manufacture products that could be offered to large customers to use as horse and livestock bedding, hempcore pellets, insulation and baled cottonized raw fiber, just to name a few of the literally thousands of products that can be made with this amazing plant.
In contrast to the current practice of burning the crop remainder to the ground, our revolutionary decorticator technology opens up a unique opportunities for growers and producers – opportunities they have been fully aware for over a decade but could not profitably exploit due to expensive hand-peeled industrial hemp imports or cost prohibitive decortication technology from Europe.
From a market standpoint, the highest value of the two separated components is the bast fiber, which is considered an ideal technical material due to its stronger than steel weight ratio with a higher tensile strength than glass fibers from a composite standpoint. Currently, manufacturers such as Boeing and Apple are working with suppliers to implement biomaterial components into on a trial basis, while Hanes has already begun to sell flax/hemp blends to reduce their volatile cotton inputs.
An average ratio of hurd (core) to peeled fiber based on overall weight is 80% hurd, 20% fiber. By capitalizing on a growing seed crop and offering a method to produce high-quality technical fiber adds immense value to the overall crop.
Most North American markets have been calling for sustainable products that will reduce their overall carbon footprint for decades, if kept on par with comparable products. Canfiber is focused on furthering the large-scale production of a crop that can produce on average per acre; 800Lb of high-value seed, 1.2 tonnes of ribbon fiber and 2.8 tonnes of hurd core. All this while contributing to a reduction of overall atmospheric CO2 by over 30 TONNES PER HECTARE!