Hemp, Inc. purchased the largest natural fiber manufacturing and industrial hemp processing facility in North America in May of 2014 and relocated it to Spring Hope, North Carolina. This was no small undertaking. The original Temafa plant took 14 months to build with a crew of 20 to install it. The plant is the only one of its kind in the United States and will enable us to process raw hemp and kenaf from American farmers into two valuable base materials (fiber and core) that both yield hundreds of different products.
We are scheduled to complete the installation of the decortication plant in just under a year. That means it should be ready for testing by the last quarter of 2015. Initially, we will process kenaf (a legal cousin to cannabis), until industrial hemp becomes legal to grow in more states. There are already several surrounding states growing hemp for research and we predict they will be looking for somewhere to process their crops.
What is an industrial hemp decortication plant?
The Hemp, Inc. “industrial hemp processing” (decortication) plant is a line of Temafa automated equipment, designed to separate the fiber from the core of the hemp or kenaf plant through a process known as decortication. It automatically separates the fiber and core from the plant and processes it into material that can be made into other products.
Bast fiber is the plant fiber collected from the inner bark or “skin” that surrounds the stem of certain plants. Most bast fibers come from flax, industrial hemp, kenaf or jute. Bast fibers are flexible and are soft fibers that run lengthwise along the stems with a woody cellulosic core in the middle. The value comes from separating the two main components fiber and core, each of which can be used to make a wide range of products.
The core material of industrial hemp has been found to the the most absorbent natural material on the planet according to a government study. It can be used for oil spill clean up and many other industrial uses. Our decortication plant processes this material as well. We already in discussion with several companies that want to purchase large amounts of this material. This aspect of the business alone could bring Hemp, Inc. millions of dollars in revenue.
Hemp, Inc. is passionate about eco friendly and green solutions. It’s really exciting when you realize how many products can be made from industrial hemp that are currently made from petroleum (oil). Hemp is a carbon neutral, renewal material, that can replace petroleum and lower our carbon footprint on the planet.
Hemp, Inc. Hired an Industrial Fiber Expert
Robert T. (Bob) Hughes was the president of BioTech Mills, Inc. (Kenactiv Innovations, Inc.), the previous company that owned the industrial plant. The plant produced natural fiber and other cellulose based products (processing as many 6 tons per hour) for a number of major growth markets. These major markets included: natural fiber for thermoplastics and composites, oil well drilling fluid additives, oil and chemical spill clean up products, animal bedding products, and natural fiber for cloth. Hemp, Inc. has now hired him as the V.P. of Sales for IHM.
Besides being the founder of a number of successful technology companies, Bob holds several patents and inventions, including a patent of a “frequency agile broadband cable data network modem”, like the ones used today in many homes and businesses. Over the years, Bob has led companies from startup, to funding, to successful exit.
Bob Hughes is currently undertaking some very important studies at a University, which will certainly position Hemp, Inc. as a leader in industrial hemp processing in the U.S.A.
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Read the article that appeared in Freedom Leaf Magazine – Return of the Hemp Decorticator