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Naturally Advanced inks deal with Westex for CRAiLAR
Sep '11
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc (NAT) announced that it has entered into a short term CRAiLAR Flax fiber development agreement with Westex Inc., the premier manufacturer of flame resistant and arc rated protective clothing fabrics. The development agreement begins in September 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR Flax fiber for Westex products used in electrical maintenance, electric and gas utilities, oil, gas, petrochemical, chemical, military, and ferrous metals industries.

"With Westex, we have an opportunity to evaluate CRAiLAR as an apparel and uniform ingredient across a number of industrial and municipal categories where flame resistance is critical," said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. "This agreement is a logical progression of our previously announced development agreement in the work wear category, and further illustrates the diverse industry applications of CRAiLAR Flax fiber and its potential to enhance performance in those categories."

Since March 2011, NAT has signed development or purchasing agreements with HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Levi Strauss & Company, Cintas Corporation, and Ashland Inc.

Established in 1919, Westex has more than 50 years of experience in the manufacturing of flame resistant fabrics. It is the premier manufacturer of cotton and cotton-blended flame resistant and arc rated protective clothing fabrics which include Westex UltraSoft, UltraSoft AC and Indura fabrics. It is headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. develops renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from flax, hemp and other bast fibers. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies Inc., has developed proprietary technologies for production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting by-products in collaboration with Canada's National Research Council.

CRAiLAR technology offers cost-effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production of natural, bast fibers resulting in increased performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. The Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing.

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