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DALLAS – Hemp fibre will be ‘cottonized’ on a commercial scale for the first time ever at a major new facility in Texas, USA. A 500,000 square foot plant, set to become the largest hemp processing facility in the US, will produce around 35 million pounds of apparel grade fibre once full production has been reached. Apparel Insider understands that several large, globally recognised brands are involved in the venture.

The plant is being developed by Dallas-based Panda Biotech at Wichita Falls, Texas. The ‘Panda Texas Plains Hemp Gin’ represents a significant advancement in the domestic supply chain for textile-grade hemp fibre as it is the first facility in the US dedicated to both the decortication and degumming, or cottonization, of hemp fibre on a commercial scale.

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