VANCOUVER, BC and PORTLAND, OR, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Naturally Advanced
Technologies Inc. (NAT) (OTCBB: NADVF) (TSXV: NAT), which produces and
markets one of the first new natural fibers in decades, CRAiLAR®,
announced it will partner with Tuscarora Yarns, one of the world's
premier yarn innovators, to explore a host of new blended yarns using
Under the terms of the non-exclusive, non-transferable license,
Tuscarora Yarns will design and manufacture highly specialized CRAiLAR
Flax fiber yarns and related products for sale and distribution to
third party licensees of CRAiLAR.
"Tuscarora is one of the most innovative yarn spinners in the world, and
has the ability to prepare us for entry into several unexplored
categories such as couture fashion, sports performance, extreme weather
gear, and certain sectors of home furnishings," said Ken Barker, CEO of
NAT. "This agreement will seek to push the applications of CRAiLAR
beyond our first phase of cotton blending and establish new market
sectors for this unique and sustainable natural fiber."
The proprietary CRAiLAR enzymatic process, developed by Vancouver-based
NAT in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada, turns
natural bast fibers—such as flax, hemp, jute, and kenaf - into soft,
finished textiles that are as comfortable as cotton, but more durable
and eco-friendly. The result is a product that can integrate with
existing technology for spinning, weaving, or forming fabric, which can
be used across categories such as apparel, footwear, work wear, and
domestic textiles. Additionally, CRAiLAR can be used for a number of
industrial applications. Since March 2011, NAT has announced
commercialization or development agreements for CRAiLAR Flax fiber with
HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Levi Strauss & Co., Cintas, Carhartt,
Ashland, Westex, Brilliant Global Knitwear and Target.
About Tuscarora Yarns
Tuscarora Yarns is a maker of specialty yarns headquartered in Mt.
Pleasant, N.C. The company has been a reliable resource for the apparel
and textile industry since 1899. Tuscarora is one of the leading
manufacturers of heather and mélange yarns in the world. The company
also serves the automotive and home furnishings markets. For more
information about the company, please visit www.tuscarorayarns.com.
About Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. develops renewable and
environmentally sustainable biomass resources from flax, hemp and other
bast fibers. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, CRAiLAR®
Fiber Technologies Inc., has developed proprietary technologies for
production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting
by-products in collaboration with Canada's National Research Council.
CRAiLAR technology offers cost-effective and environmentally
sustainable processing and production of natural, bast fibers resulting
in increased performance characteristics for use in textile,
industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. The
Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly,
socially responsible clothing. For more information, visit www.naturallyadvanced.com.
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