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Kraig Biocraft transfers production to Prodigy Textiles

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May '20
Pic: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
Pic: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
Kraig Biocraft, a developer of genetically engineered spider silk based fibre technologies, is preparing to transfer production back to Prodigy Textiles, its Vietnamese subsidiary. During the COVID-19 lockdown, when the company opted to furlough its non-essential staff, it shifted its spider silk production operations focus to its US research facility.

The company is now ready to transition the majority of its production back to Vietnam as soon as the silkworm rearing cycle allows. During this pandemic, Kraig has continued to advance and strengthen its production operations. Though vigorous testing of its dragon silk and monster silk lines, the company identified its best performing and hardy silkworms ideally suited for large scale production. The milestone is the result of a dedicated effort by its US staff, going far beyond standard material performance testing. The first production cycle of 2020, at the company’s Vietnam factory, will utilise these top performing trangenics, forming a solid foundation for the continued 2020 production scale up, according to a media statement by the company.

The company anticipates rapid scale up of its recombinant spider silk and will use this year’s first production run to ship materials are dedicated to fulfil an outstanding order, by one of the company development partners. The following production runs will be to address fibre requests made by additional potential development partners and to grow the breeding population.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)


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