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CRAiLAR® Flax Fiber Production Set To Begin

Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT), Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Canada, is set to provide CRAiLAR® flax fiber to its development partners for processing into yarn and fabrics for downstream applications. The company is processing the fiber in a facility in Kingstree, S.C., near 300 acres of land used to cultivate fiber flax.

NAT recently completed spinning trials using Crailar flax fibers, and has teamed with Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Hanesbrands Inc. to develop apparel products containing Crailar/ cotton blends. NAT also has been conducting research in partnership with Hanesbrands and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service to grow various flax strains and assess their viability for use in Crailar technology. Potential applications for Crailar flax fiber include denim, workwear, knitwear and home furnishings.

"We are fortunate to have flax fiber harvested from previous seasons available in our warehouse, which allows us to begin production immediately," said Ken Barker, CEO, NAT. He added that 200 acres of flax were planted in the Kingstree area in winter 2010-11, with harvesting set for this spring.

March/April 2011