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Kraig Labs to expand mulberry production in Vietnam

This effort is a major element of the company’s production expansion plans and marks a significant increase in capacity.

28th June 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Ann Arbor, MI

Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

The collaboration highlights the efforts to focus on high technology agriculture and re-energise the Vietnamese share of the multi-billion-dollar sericulture industry. Expanding mulberry production in Quang Nam by nearly 2,500 acres is a powerful step to increasing total silk production and a key component of the company’s plan to bring its spider silk technology to market, the company reports.

“Collaboration with local farmers and workers, leveraging their expertise and knowledge, is core to our production scale up efforts,” said Jon Rice COO. 

“This effort highlights the complementary efforts that we are taking, in combination with the leadership in Quang Nam, to restore their traditional sericulture industry, by blending in new high technology agriculture. This continued collaboration will play a key part in the exciting growth potential we’re seeing with our expansion in Vietnam and the market for affordable spider silk materials.”

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, a fully reporting biotechnology company, is a leading developer of genetically engineered spider silk-based fibre technologies. The company says its genetic engineering research has succeeded in developing a practical and cost-effective technology for producing recombinant spider silk-based fibres on an industrial scale.

www.kraiglabs.com

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