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CRAILAR Dissolving Pulp test results announced
Jul '08
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc a developer of proprietary technologies for the processing and production of environmentally sustainable natural fibers and materials, announced recent test results for its CRAILAR Advanced Materials Dissolving Pulp.

CRAILAR Advanced Materials Dissolving Pulp Results:
The Company recently tested CRAILAR Advanced Materials Dissolving Pulp with technology development partner the Alberta Research Council of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Test results indicate that the Company's CRAILAR technology produces a very high grade dissolving pulp with high Viscosity, Brightness and Alpha Cellulose values, and low Ash Content and Acetone Extractives.

CRAILAR Advanced Materials Dissolving Pulp was determined to also yield higher levels of pulp (55%) than is currently yielded by softwood dissolving pulps (32-36%).

Viscosity gives an indication of the average degree of polymerization of the cellulose and is a measure of a fluid's thickness. Brightness is a measure of how much light a sheet of pulp will reflect, and speaks to the material's whiteness.

The Alpha Cellulose figure corresponds to the pulp's purity and the amount of non-cellulose impurities that exist in the pulp. Viscosity, Brightness and Alpha Cellulose metrics are more optimal the higher the number.

Other metrics such as Ash Content and Acetone Extractives speak further to the material's purity and efficiency of processing, with lower results being more optimal.

“These test results indicate that our CRAILAR Advanced Materials Dissolving Pulp can deliver cost-effective, natural fiber-based solutions for textile, pulp & paper and bioplastics applications,” said Ken Barker, CEO of Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc “CRAILAR's superior performance profile is apparent in these test results and we are looking forward to bringing CRAILAR's stream of value added products to market beginning in 2009.”

The CRAILAR technology platform is being developed by Naturally Advanced to create high value products in textile, pulp & paper, bioplastics, biofuels and medical industries, global markets totalling $850 billion.

The CRAILAR platform is comprised of 4 divisions: CRAILAR Organic Fibers, CRAILAR Bio-fuels, CRAILAR Agriculture and CRAILAR Advanced Materials.

CRAILAR Advanced Materials Dissolving Pulp is expected to be able to be used in performance apparel, pulp & paper and bioplastics markets, applications that amount to over $200 billion globally. CRAILAR technology is patent protected.

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc

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