Texas firm Panda Biotech has decided exactly where the USA’s biggest hemp processing factory will be positioned. And the winner is..
Wichita Falls, Texas.
Panda Biotech has contracted for a 500,000 square foot facility and 97-acre campus. The firm initially announced intentions to construct its very first industrial hemp processing facility in Lubbock County, Texas.
The Panda Texas Plains Hemp Gin will not only be the nation’s biggest hemp processing facility, it will also be the very first in the USA to cottonize hemp fiber on a industrial scale which will be supplied to the domestic textile market and export buyers. Cottonizing hemp requires removing the lignin that binds its fibres collectively in bundles, opening them up for additional processing. In a cottonized kind, hemp can be blended with other widespread fibers and spun into yarn.
Panda Biotech says its engineers have been operating with an international gear manufacturer to “super-size” their current line of decorticators. In the production of hemp fiber, decorticators are made use of to separate the outer bast fiber from the inner woody core, or hurd. The two souped-up decorticators made use of will be in a position to course of action ten tons of biomass per hour – every.
The firm says the facility will be in a position to course of action close to 150,000 tons of Texas-grown industrial hemp and generate much more than 17,500 tons of apparel-grade, cottonized hemp fiber annually when operating at complete capacity. Panda expects partial operations to commence in the very first quarter of subsequent year, with complete production anticipated by the very first quarter of 2022.
“In addition to the neighborhood agricultural neighborhood, city and county officials have been outstanding to operate with and supportive of what they count on to be a international calling card for Wichita Falls as the hub of the subsequent multi-billion-dollar market,” stated Scott Evans, executive vice president of Panda Biotech. “We’re incredibly excited that this facility will not only enable to provide a expanding globe-wide demand for industrial hemp fiber, but also enable to develop a new, sustainable market.”
Panda Biotech was also in the spotlight earlier this year when the firm announced it was donating much more than 60 tons of authorized hemp seed for fiber crops to Texas agricultural producers.