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Hemp purchases equipment to separate fiber from hemp plant
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Jul '14
Hemp, Inc. has purchased a whole line of automated Temafa decortication equipment designed to separate the fiber from the core of the hemp plant through a process known as decortication. The Temafa decortication line of equipment, the only one of its kind in the United States, purchased by Hemp, Inc. will now enable the company to process raw hemp for American farmers into two valuable base products (fiber and hurd) that can both yield hundreds of products. The equipment is currently located at a plant in North Carolina. Hemp, Inc. is set to move the equipment to a more suitable location such as South Carolina, North Carolina, or the Georgia area. 
 
"This purchase of decortication equipment was a critical step in order for Hemp, Inc. to help Americans transition from non-sustainable synthetic solutions to a hemp-based green solution. We are very excited at what we'll be able to achieve once our manufacturing facility ramps its hemp production volume up over the next few years," said Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc.
 
Now that Hemp, Inc. has purchased the only decortication equipment of this scale in the country, executives said they are looking forward to purchasing the American farmers' hemp for processing which would allow the farmers to benefit from the move to a more sustainable, beneficial, and faster growing biomass supplied through hemp.
 
Up until a short time ago the Temafa decortication equipment had been in use in North Carolina for processing kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus which is a plant in the Malvaceae family) a substance similar to hemp, often called Ambari Hemp and Deccan Hemp.
 
Due to the similarities of kenaf and hemp, the same equipment can process both raw materials. Appraised as "very good" condition, the decortication equipment was originally purchased for over $10,000,000. The recent purchase made by Hemp, Inc. not only included the machinery, but also included roughly 15 million pounds of raw and processed kenaf which can be sold to the automotive, paper, oil drilling, textile industries and as construction materials. The kenaf was an important source of bast or cordage fibers used in the manufacturing of rope, bagging and other coarse fiber products.
 
Since purchasing its line of automated decortication equipment and accompanying kenaf, Hemp, Inc. has already made its first sale of its raw and processed kenaf in the United States.
 
According to Hemp, Inc. executives, a developer in Kingman, Arizona purchased approximately 12,000 pounds of raw kenaf and approximately 15,000 pounds of finished kenaf fiber for inclusion in the concrete and/or stucco home building materials for their environmentally sound eco-community.


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