Rayon From Kenaf Stalk
Dr Rushdan Ibrahim
- Dissolving pulp for production of shiny and glossy rayon (artificial silk) made from locally grown kenaf stalk.
- The technology is an exclusive sustainable dissolving pulp production from kenaf stalk that could reduce import dependency of rayon.
- Rayon is made up from lignocellulosic material, obtained from either wood or non-wood sources. As the cost of wood pulp increase and deforestation causes global warming, rayon manufacturers needs alternative sources for cheaper and sustainable rayon production. Kenaf is a short cycle crop harvestable after 120 days, a great candidate for material sustainability.
- The produced dissolving pulp could also be used as feedstock for production of acetate textile fiber, cellophane, yarn, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), methyl cellulose (MC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), etc.
- About USD16.3billion of rayon fibre market is within the Asia Pacific and this will continue to grow. The technology fits the local import dependent market and growing regional export demands.