Dear members of the EIHA,
I have received the following request regarding hemp textile industry.
Are you interested in a cooperation? Coantct Adrian directly, please.
I am seeking someone in Europe who is interested in working with me and our technology to create hemp textile industry.
I was hoping that someone in your hemp association may want to do that too.
Using my harvesting decorticator and my degumming system, we can prepare short hemp fibre for spinning on cotton systems within a few hours. There is a shortage of cotton. That shortage will get worse. Mill are already feeling the shortage of fibre to spin. The fibre demand gap can be filled with hemp from our system from anywhere in Europe.
In 2002, I worked with a senior consultant from textile institute. He came to meet with us. I gave him some samples and he started to try to raise funds for a Lithuanian Joint Venture.
This was his summary of our achievements at that time:
The following spinning trials based on these fibres have produced satisfactory yarns in the following blends and counts, all spun on the cotton system:
100% hemp rotor spun 70s Tex (Metric 14)
100% hemp rotor spun 65s Tex (Metric 15.5)
The hemp fibre produced by TCI Pty. Ltd’s decortication technique can be spun to finer counts than has been possible for hemp up to now. This will lead to a considerable increase in the size of the potential market, as it will enable a greater variety of fabrics to be produced for a greater variety of end-uses. Fibre produced from the first bulk growing trials in Australia in Feb/March 2001 show a mean diameter of less than 20 microns, good strength and cleanliness..
This first trial was carried out on the open-end spinning system, at the present time ring-spinning trails are in hand and we expect to be able to attain finer counts than are possible on the open-end system.
At these yarn counts a major part of the cotton and polyester/cotton market of approximately 24 million tonnes is open to this ‘new’ hemp.
These yarns samples are:
100% hemp rotor spun 70s tex (M 14s)
100% hemp rotor spun 65s tex (M 15.5s)
50/50 hemp/cotton ring spun 37 tex (M27s)
75/25 hemp cotton rotor spun 90s tex (M12s)
1. 3.2 The Market Potential for Fibre Laboratory Pty. Ltd Hemp
The eventual size of the market will depend on:
The price of the fibres produced ‘ready for spinning’ relative to cotton and flax. The closer the price to that of cotton the bigger the market.
The skill with which the market(s) is/are developed. (Marketing, End-product development, Promotion)
The total market consists of several distinct markets.
The Textile market, which itself divides into markets for long and for short fibres, and within these two categories, for end-uses requiring 100% fabrics or fabrics in which the hemp would be mixed with other fibres such as cotton, organic cotton, flax, wool, silk, polyester, acrylic. As stated above, the total market for ‘cotton type textiles is around 24 million tonnes
Non-textile markets. Building insulation, paper making, fibre re-enforced composite products.(All these are recently developed products in Europe whose markets are growing)
In addition there would be markets for waste and other derived products such as shive, hurds etc. These markets are animal litter, (especially chickens and horses), cellulose pulp (for paper manufacturing) and chip board. (All these are existing products in Europe whose markets are developing)
Since this was written we have improved our technology even more. We have also shown that our non-woven fibre has exceptional strength for composites.
I have done experiments with fibre from large Hammer Mill type decortication systems and the fibre from those systems, unlike the fibre from our system, is so damaged that it cannot be spun.
I believe it is important to produce products near where they are grown and also to sell them as locally as possible. Therefore I am keen to work where there is a significant market. It helps me when that Market is also ecologically conscious. Europe is an ideal farming and market environment for my plans. I would like to speak with those who are interested in working with me to do this.
We have people in Lithuania, Hungary The Ukraine, Poland who would like to do this, but funding is the problem.
I look forward to your advice.
Adrian Francis K. Clarke
Textile and Composite Industries Pty. Ltd.
+61 (0) 413 721 633
Dear members of the EIHA,