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Bast and Other Plant Fibresby Robert Franck
Synopses & Reviews
Environmental concerns have regenerated interest in the use of natural fibers for a much wider variety of products, including high-tech applications such as geotextiles, and composite materials for automotive and light industry use. Covering minor as well as major fibers produced worldwide, this book analyzes flax, hemp, jute, kenaf, ramie, sisal, coir, and nettle, and provides an index of fiber-yielding plants. Each chapter examines chemical and physical structure, fiber, yarn and fabric production, dying, handle and wear characteristics, economics, and environmental, health and safety issues. A comprehensive set of tables makes it easy to compare the physical and chemical characteristics of different fibers.
About the Author
Robert Franck started his career in textiles in the marketing department of the Imperial Chemical Industries' (ICI) newly formed Fibres Division. During the next 20 years he progressed to be the Manager of the fiber sales department of ICI’s French subsidiary. After a period as Sales Director of a large French worsted spinner he joined International Linen, the promotional and development organization of the Western European flax industry, where he was a member of the international management team with particular responsibilities for the UK and Far East. He also took an active part in new product development. On retiring from International Linen he set up his own consultancy and has undertaken projects for companies and governmental organizations in Europe, Australia and the Far East.
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