Department of Trade and Industry - BASTEX
Funding for the Bastex project had been awarded under the Department of Trade and Industry, Technology Programme. This research project investigates the novel method for improved extraction of fibres from bast fibre crops, such as flax and hemp.
Traditional textile production can no longer be viewed as a sound basis on which to build a long term profitable future for textile businesses. Low value markets and low cost imports from European and Far East competitors mean that it is necessary to consider moving into new, high value markets to overcome these difficulties and maintain commercial viability.