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.

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Sunstrand Founder, KYHIA President To Speak At Hemp Conference

LOUISVILLE, KY  – Newly-named KYHIA President Trey Riddle will be one of the featured speakers at the Science of Industrial Hemp Conference this summer.

The two-day event takes place at the Embassy Suites in downtown Denver on July 28-29.

Riddle founded biomaterials provider Sunstrand in his native Kentucky in 2014, shortly after […]

Hemp could be a weed worth cultivating

JUNE 20, 2016 – Indiana has tried for decades to eradicate a cousin of the marijuana plant.

But that long-time attempt has now come at a cost, as industrial hemp has the potential to become a new cash crop for farmers.

The Hoosier state’s reluctance to reconsider its attitude toward ditch weed […]

Sunstrand Awarded $150,000 Research Grant

LOUISVILLE, KY — Sunstrand Co., a Kentucky-based biomaterials processor, has been awarded a $150,000 research grant to help further the 2-year-old company’s development of natural fibers products.

In particular, Sunstrand is evaluating a novel line of natural fiber mats for acoustic and thermal applications. The grant, from the National Science Foundation, […]

KYHIA Names Sunstrand Founder Trey Riddle New President

LOUISVILLE, KY — Sunstrand CEO Dr. Trey Riddle has been elected president of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association.

Riddle’s Sunstrand, a 2-year-old company providing biomaterials and processing services, specializes in converting hemp and similar agricultural feedstocks into fibers and fillers that are compatible with plastics and other applications.

Prior to starting Sunstrand […]

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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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.