Textile companies have long been dependent on crude oil when making common synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester but that could soon change, with companies turning to biomass fibers. Hismer Bio-Tech Co. Ltd. based in Ningyang County, Tai’an City in east China’s Shandong Province, is making biomass fiber from a very unusual source: shrimp and crab shells…Full Article: ECNS.cn Nov 2017

Key Point

  • Hismer Bio-Tech collects crustacean shell waste from seafood processing companies based in the ports of Qingdao, Yantai, Dalian, and Ningbo. The company then processes the shells into chitosan fiber which can be used in the manufacturing of socks, underwear, bedding, etc.

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  • Chitosan fiber is derived from chitin, a key molecular component found in the cell walls of green algae (i.e. seaweed) and in the exoskeletons of crustaceans (e.g. shrimps, crabs, lobsters, etc.). Regarding crustacean shells, chitin typically comprises 15% to 40% of its composition, while protein, calcium, and magnesium carbonate comprises the remaining share.
  • Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Tai’an, Shandong Province, Hismer Bio-Technology produces socks, bedding materials, sanitary pads, underwear, and facial masks.

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