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How do you see the global market industry for natural fibres?
The future is promising. And the International Natural Fibres Organization (INFO) group has recently been working in cooperation with various institutions from producing and consuming countries, with the aim of establishing a long-term overview of our natural fibres, such as jute, sisal, coir, kenaf and abacá.
In addition to possible market recovery with traditional products, we have an enormous range of possibilities for new uses in products with more technological content with the textile, natural fibre composites, fibre cement and geo-textile for use in civil engineering works.
Please explain your moves ahead towards your new projects in the upcoming period.
We will produce 30 tons of composites with different percentages of coir and sisal fibres with Apex-Brasil’s assistance. This material will be certified at universities and research centres in Europe and has been distributed, free of charge, to 60 European industries which already use composites with other natural fibres.
All of the companies will be meeting in Vienna, Austria in February 2013, at a major composite seminar, to find out the results of the different tests and products made by each industry. The objective is to improve the production and commercialization process for this new commodity: natural fibre pellets with recyclable resins to substitute glass fibre around the world.
We would like to invite Fibre2Fashion, to become our partners in this project and to accompany the development of this pioneering and original initiative.
We are working on, studying, planning and developing actions, programmes and projects together with assistance from INFO, FAO, CFC and leaders from countries which produce natural fibres. This will make the full development of the above points possible (1-7), so that we will be more competitive and guarantee a market, employment and income for millions of people who depend on our natural fibres and our labour in a sustainable manner.
Through their governments, leaders in production, commercialization, planning and research, the countries which produce natural fibres are united in these aims and, therefore, the results will be effective.
You have been associated with a site called ApexBrasil. How is this helpful to SINDIFIBRAS?
Apex-Brasil (The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) is one of the most up-to-date agencies for promoting exports in the world. Within Brazil, it provides support to 80 sectors on its export agenda with technology, information, training and also financial resources.
We began with a sectorial program for sisal in 2005, later including coir fibres and piassava and we are going to add jute, mallow and silk (produced by silkworms) this year. We have successfully attracted buyers and investors from various parts of the world who are interested in our natural fibres with Apex-Brasil’s support.
Sindifibras and Apex-Brasil’s efforts are supplemented by the competent and productive work of private and inter-governmental agencies such as the International Natural Fibre Organization (INFO), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), among others.
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