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

Sunstrand founder to speak at CAMX conference

LOUISVILLE, KY – Sunstrand founder and CEO Trey Riddle will give two presentations at next month’s CAMX conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The conference runs from Sept. 26-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center. It aims to connect thousands of people from all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities. Industry […]

UK Industrial Hemp Research Field Day is Aug. 11

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an industrial hemp field day Aug. 11 at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington.

The field day begins at 8 a.m. with donuts and coffee provided by Sunstrand. At 9 a.m., UK’s industrial hemp […]

Kentucky-based processing company uses hemp to replace plastic and glass fibers

Can you imagine a kayak made of Kentucky hemp? How about your favorite coffee mug, or flowerpot? Better yet, your car? Thanks to a Louisville startup and its research and development through the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program, it may not be long before that’s the case! 

 Kentucky-based hemp processor, Sunstrand, is […]

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.