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His­mer Bio-tech Co. Ltd. in China’s Shan­dong prov­ince is mak­ing biomass fi­bre from shrimp and crab shells and will use the same to pro­duce syn­thetic fi­bres from prod­ucts not de­rived from crude oil. Qing­dao-based BMSG, a bio sea­weed sub­stance pro­cess­ing firm, has been turn­ing sea­weed into biomass fi­bre that can be safely used for sur­gi­cal dress­ings. The fab­ric is used for mak­ing socks, un­der­wear, bed­ding, med­i­cal prod­ucts like masks and san­i­tary pads, and spe­cial cloth used in aero­space planes, ac­cord­ing to com­pany chair­man Hu Guang­min. BMSG’S fi­bres are pro­cessed fur­ther into sur­gi­cal dress­ing. His­mer an­nu­ally col­lects 10,000 tonnes of the shell waste from seafood pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies in China’s ports of Qing­dao, Yan­tai, Dalian and Ningbo to pro­duce 6,000 tonnes of biomass fi­bre.

Hu said His­mer has set up pro­duc­tion co­op­er­a­tion with 70 com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Toy­ota, Freuden­berg and Me­dovent, for de­vel­op­ing fab­ric prod­ucts for med­i­cal use. It also makes prod­uct devel­op­ment in part­ner­ship with Tai­wan-based tech firm Benq and Hong Kong-based lin­gerie pro­ducer Em­bry Form. The com­pany has de­vel­oped ma­te­ri­als that are mildew­proof and re­sis­tant to fire, static elec­tric­ity and odor used in China’s ‘Shen­zhou’ manned space­craft and ‘Tian­gong’ space lab.

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