Texas enterprise Panda Biotech has decided exactly where the USA’s biggest hemp processing factory will be situated. And the winner is..
Wichita Falls, Texas.
Panda Biotech has contracted for a 500,000 square foot facility and 97-acre campus. The enterprise 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 business and export buyers. Cottonizing hemp entails removing the lignin that binds its fibres with each other 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 functioning with an international gear manufacturer to “super-size” their current line of decorticators. In the production of hemp fiber, decorticators are applied to separate the outer bast fiber from the inner woody core, or hurd. The two souped-up decorticators applied will be capable to course of action ten tons of biomass per hour – every single.
The enterprise says the facility will be capable to course of action close to 150,000 tons of Texas-grown industrial hemp and generate far 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 perform with and supportive of what they count on to be a worldwide calling card for Wichita Falls as the hub of the subsequent multi-billion-dollar business,” mentioned Scott Evans, executive vice president of Panda Biotech. “We’re pretty excited that this facility will not only support to provide a increasing planet-wide demand for industrial hemp fiber, but also support to build a new, sustainable business.”
Panda Biotech was also in the spotlight earlier this year when the enterprise announced it was donating far more than 60 tons of authorized hemp seed for fiber crops to Texas agricultural producers.