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The Forbidden Material: Hemp's Return to Manufacturing

01/09/2016
Industrial hemp has a wide range of applications, according to engineers and researchers.

With a resurgence of hemp cultivation in the 1990s in Asia, Europe and Canada and the recent expansion of opportunities for hemp research in the U.S. and Australia, there is growing interest in the material.

Rising demand for healthy, natural food and beauty products is fueling growth in hemp food products, cosmetics, supplements, and oils. A need for alternatives to petroleum-based plastics and fossil energy sources is spurring development of hemp-based bioplastics, biofuels, and bioreactor processes. Oil prices are driving research in lightweight, hemp-based fiber composites for automotive and aerospace uses. The plant is even finding its way into nanotechnology applications as a natural, cheaper alternative to graphene.

Download to read Powder & Bulk Solids' coverage of the burgeoning hemp industry in the U.S. and beyond to see how engineers and manufacturers are working with the reemerging material and what considerations processors and manufacturers need to take into account when considering using the material.