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Kraig completes hatching of second generation of silkworms

Dec '19
Pic: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
Pic: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
Kraig, the leading developer of spider silk based fibres has announced that Prodigy Textiles, the company’s Vietnamese subsidiary, has completed hatching the second generation of silkworms, as it continues to expand production at its factory in Quang Nam province. The second generation is several hundred times larger than the first generation.

The resulting cocoons from the production cycle will be used to fulfil the first commercial shipments from this new factory. With hatching complete, the Prodigy Textiles team is now busy rearing this significantly expanded silkworm population. The company anticipates these silkworms becoming cocoons over the next two weeks, with this batch of specialised silk expected to be completed by Christmas. This cycle represents the largest single month’s production of recombinant spider silk in the company’s history. The company expects this record to be quickly broken, as it continues to expand its Vietnamese operations, heading into 2020, according to Kraig.

The company will be sending its COO, Jon Rice, to Vietnam to oversee the completion of this second generation. During this trip, Rice will work with the Prodigy team, as it prepares to convert the resulting cocoons into finished silk yarn. Rice will also set the stage for further expansion with the next production cycle slated to begin in early January 2020.

“The smooth transition from our first production batch to this much larger second generation is a testament to the quality of the great team we have put together in Vietnam. I look forward to working hand in hand with them, later this month, to plan out the next phase of our rapid growth and to implement additional processes to support our expanding operations,” Rice said.

“The pace of our production scale up is exceeding even my expectations. We’ve always believed that once we launched production in Vietnam that our growth would be rapid. Today’s announcement that we have begun the second production cycle is another in a series of exciting milestones for spider silk commercialisation and Kraig Labs,” CEO and founder, Kim Thompson said.

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