Understanding The Basic Sequence
in the Kenaf Fiber Industry

   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. 

Kenaf Fiber Products

   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.  

Kenaf Fiber Industry
Processing

   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.

Kenaf Fiber Industry
Decortication

This is a mobile fuel decorticator used to separate fiber from wood core from fresh harvested kenaf stalks.



Kenaf Fiber Industry
Drying the Fiber

   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.



Kenaf Fiber Industry
Basic Sequence

Here are the steps from seed to manufacturer/buyer for fiber:

  • Plant seed
  • Harvest Kenaf
  • Separate fiber from wood core
  • Dry fiber
  • Process fiber to buyer standards
  • Bale fiber
  • Load and transport or store for pick up
  • Deliver and unload

   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. 

https://www.fibermillingequipment.com/

Specialized Fiber Processing Center
A Demonstration Site

   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.

   The rest of the acreage would be used for access roads and a custom designed and built structure i.e. Olympia Industrial Buildings. Processing equipment HempTrain.

   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. 

    

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