Following is a basic overview of the kenaf fiber industry. Every successful industry is made up of various partners playing their part. No matter what part you decide to play in the kenaf fiber industry you will at least need to have an overview of the other partners involved in the textile and fiber markets.
Here is a video showing some of the fiber, wood and seed products made in the USA from industrial hemp. These same products can be made from kenaf. Video of products made in the US by Derek Cross. Watch the video.
Once the kenaf stalks are harvested and the outer fiber is separated by a decorticator they go through a refinement or combing process making the fiber finer and finer. Course fiber for burlap quality products to very fine fiber for linen or silk or cotton blends.
Both industrial hemp and kenaf is expected to have an increase in demand for processing centers utilizing equipment such as HempTrain.
This is a mobile fuel decorticator used to separate fiber from wood core from fresh harvested kenaf stalks.
After the fiber is separated from the wood core during the decorticating process the fiber goes through a drying process to prevent mold from damaging the fibers. Drying fibers can also be done by state of the art machines inside and away from the weather.
After the drying is complete and the moisture level is in range, it is time to bale if you are shipping raw fiber to your buyer. Dry fiber like this can also be used as attic insulation.
Here are the steps from seed to manufacturer/buyer for fiber:
You have options as a kenaf grower to sell fiber, from your own processing facility that separates the seeds from the stalks, separates the fiber from the wood core and market each part to your own customers.
You may want to take on the processing yourself as I have heard from one of our partners within our network. Fiber equipment used for wool, alpaca and cotton can be adjusted or retrofit to work with kenaf. Mechanical engineers can be helpful in determining how to get the fibers ready for the manufacturer. To see if there is a fiber processing mill in your state you can Google fiber processing mills (your state). Here is a link to a fiber mill that also has equipment.
Kenaf and industrial hemp processing plants will be needed in order to save on shipping costs and meet the growing demands beyond existing centers production limits.
Our 1st stage is seed/fiber growing operations and our 2nd stage is processing centers. Combing the 2 in an efficient manner our specialized processing centers would have a minimum of 100 acres of land. 40 acres in kenaf seed/fiber growing and giant bamboo. This facility will grow kenaf and giant clumping bamboo for kenafcrete buiding structures and service other kenaf growing operations nearby. In addition to fiber the wood part of the kenaf plant has several local industries it can serve. Kenaf Wood Industry.
Here in northern Michigan staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer is important and recognized by those that live here. Kenafcrete used in new housing/structures with 9 inch thick walls and 30 R insulation value is an attractive option. Combine this with kenaf fiber insulation for attics is the wise choice in efficiency and human and environmental health.
This structure would also have training area for hemp or kenafcrete by Hempitecture. Sales offices, storage for fiber/wood/seed and materials and eqipment for kenafcrete building with bamboo. Centers like this could also process hemp fibers and provide seed for local farmers to grow kenaf.
Opportunities will only present themselves if you let others know what you are looking for. Be specific i.e. locations, quantities, qualities, prices and best way to contact.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
I am looking for degummed, combed and cleaned Kenaf for our nonwoven needlefelt production. Can you help? www.abbfco.com
Ferdinand Not rated yet
Hi We are interested in obtaining a decommissioned kenaf decorticating plant in South Africa, currently believed to be the largest of its kind in the world …
Kenaf paper pulp Not rated yet
Hi! Contracting for kenaf paper pulp. What is your best price per ton offer? Thank you
Scott Miller Not rated yet
I'm going to entertain anyone that would like to participate in my next year's 2020 kenaf project growing natural fibers!.the products include simple stuff …
Kenaf Stalk Donation Wanted Not rated yet
Good Evening Folks, My name is Sean and I live in the great State of Arizona. I have been blessed to join the Team of Kenaf partners and want to practice …
Kenaf fibre requirement in bulk quantity Not rated yet
Hi, I’m looking for Kenaf fibre for moisture absorption Want to know more about the application of Kenaf fibre. Require in bulk qty. Pls send me the …