AbstractA Swiss regional manufacturing and industrial network looks for technologies, competences and patents to process fibre producing plants like hemp, linen and nettles. Required are any kinds of technologies, machines, production installations which help to establish one or more complete production line. Production will be in Switzerland on a regional basis for the Swiss market and should include manual and partially automated work. The network is open for different types of co-operation.
DetailsThis Swiss regional manufacturing and industrial network looks for technologies, hand tools, semi-automatic machines, production installations, entire production lines and for competence based on knowledge and experience to process fibre plants and win their fibres.
The network focuses on fibre plants which grow in Europe like hemp, linen, nettle.
The process includes to weaken or break up the wooden phase of the fibre plants in a chemical or physical process (organic chemicals only), swing or centrifuge the plants to eliminate the wooden particles, to comb the fibres in order to sort into different lengths, diameters and qualities of fibres and finally to spin the fibres to yarn.
The target is to achieve a quality of yarn which is comparable to the yarn made of cotton. This will allow using the current machines and production infrastructure for knitting and weaving in the following sequences of the value chain.
Beside applications for textiles, it is planned to use the fibres in construction materials (as fibre reinforced composites) and in pharmaceuticals (e.g. hemp has wound healing properties).
The Swiss network has access to various networks dealing with topics like renewable and recycled resources, energy, green industries and technologies, sustainable way of living and civilisation development, nutrition, mobility, green economy and trading.
The network has also access to potential investors.
Technical Specifications / Specific technical requirements:
For the use of fibres for textiles:
• the quality of the obtained yarn should be comparable to the yarn made of cotton
• use of organic chemicals only
• the production has to be possible in Switzerland
• the fiber plant processing should include following steps: breaking up, swinging, combing, spinning