Hismer Bio-Tech Co.
Ltd. in China’s
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
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.