Biomaterials for Industrial and Technical Applications

Our domestically sourced materials and innovative processing – as America’s ONLY major industrial decorticator – is helping manufacturers create high performing and sustainable products where replacing plastic and glass fibers was never before thought possible.

Sunstrand’s products and operations have been designed to deliver consistent, high quality materials compatible with a large number of applications and a particular emphasis on providing bulk feedstocks for the plastics, polymer composites and non-woven manufacturing industries.

Bamboo

Bamboo

A woody perennial grass requiring almost no pesticides, fertilizers or additional watering, bamboo cane can grow and be harvested without the need to be replanted.

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Hemp

Hemp

With the profile of Hemp on the rise in the U.S., the oldest multipurpose bast fiber plant is gaining a large amount of interest in the composite industry.

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Flax

Flax

Taking only 100 days to grow in a normal growing season, flax fiber is the original natural fiber being used in composites for Linens and food applications.

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Kenaf

Kenaf

Another bast fiber readily available for non-woven composite applications. Grown in Southeast Asia and considered one of the most versatile fibers being produced.

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Other Materials

Other Materials

Sunstrand can import and process other specialty fibers such as jute or work to upgrade a variety of biomaterials for technical applications.

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Media

Growing hemp processing plant moves to Irish Hill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville-based hemp processing plant has relocated its headquarters to the Irish Hill neighborhood.

Sunstrand moves HQs to larger facility to increase production

LOUISVILLE, KY – Sunstrand has moved its Kentucky headquarters to a much larger space to accommodate its growing product demand.

Sunstrand opened operations in 2014 in a 6,000-square-foot plant in the town of Fern Creek, 20 miles south of Louisville, shortly after Kentucky moved to legalize industrial hemp that year.

Riddle, who […]

Canola Feasibility Study, Fiber Processing Facility Expansion Among Seventeen Agricultural Investments Approved

More than $1.5 million invested in Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2017) –The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $1,599,412 for 17 agricultural diversification and rural development projects and programs across the Commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
Hemp Support
Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation Inc. was approved for $2,000 in Floyd County funds. […]

Developed by composite engineers and material scientists with attention to detail and rigorous mechanical testing. Sunstrand products and processes have been designed to deliver consistent, high quality fibers that are compatible with typical composite manufacturing processes.

Products

Sunstrand fibers are compatible with thermoset and thermoplastic sheet and bulk molding compounds, as well as infusion processes. Our goal is to provide products that are drop-in replacements for glass fibers.

Services

Sunstrand is dedicated to providing tailored solutions for our customers. Contact us to work on a product that fits your needs.

Materials Characterization

These are just a few of the many industry segments that can utilize natural fibers.