Mission: Sunstrand is dedicated to furthering the usage of sustainable materials in new and innovative applications. We are the preeminent supplier of natural fibers reinforcements and fillers for the plastic and polymer composite industries. Our proprietary production processes ensure product consistency and our cutting edge surface functionalization chemistries yield fibers that are compatible with most major resin and manufacturing techniques.

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Sunstrand makes environment friendly materials, helps Kentucky farms

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville company is finding more environment friendly ways to build houses, cars and objects you use every day using crops from a dozen Kentucky Farms. Sunstrand is tucked away off Payne Street near Lexington Road, and there’s a good chance you might not know it’s there. But the company’s CEO […]

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This Louisville company will double its production with new Irish Hill HQ

A Louisville-based company that makes fiber and other products out of natural materials has moved into a new facility that will double its operational capacity. Sunstrand LLC mostly works with hemp, bamboo and the hemp-like plant, kenaf, to produce fibers that are used for thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as animal bedding, building materials, […]

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Growing hemp processing plant moves to Irish Hill

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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 research team will introduce […]

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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 turning Kentucky’s hemp crop […]

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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 also has it […]

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Composites World: Sizing Up Natural Fibers

Bio-fibers are hydrophilic and tend to bond poorly with polymers. Sundstrand’s (Louisville, KY, US) tells CW what’s done to improve bio-fiber/polymer adhesion. MAY 3, 2016 – A bio-fiber’s status as “natural,” as opposed to synthetic, has consequences. The two of most concern to composites manufacturers are its hydrophilic nature, and its poor bonding properties with […]

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Composites World: Natural fiber composites: Market share, one part at a time

New suppliers and adventurous composites fabricators put the feel good aspect in the rearview mirror, winning customers by competing on price and performance. MAY 3, 2016 – With decades of development work behind it, the natural fibers industry is maturing. Indeed, it appears to be on the verge of leveraging the products’ numerous cost, performance […]

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Louisville Courier-Journal: A Growing Opportunity

Support for hemp in Ky. led company to locate in Louisville LOUISVILLE, KY, APRIL 14, 2016 –  Kentucky’s foray into industrial hemp has fueled a Louisville startup which is betting that natural fibers someday will become a key ingredient in hundreds of American-made products — furnace filters, kayaks, skis, even coffee mugs. Sunstrand was launched […]

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle

APRIL 15, 2016 Favorite way to spend time away from work: With family, on walks and beaches. Describe your company: Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we take raw agricultural feedstocks (bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp) and […]

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