• TasmanianHempAssociation

New Developments with Mobile Hemp Processing Unit

Since our last update on this project's progress - which was initially spearheaded and continues to be fully supported by the THA - our Executive Officer and founder of X-Hemp Andi Lucas has travelled north from Tasmania to Northern NSW to meet with the creators of the soon-to-be-purchased Mobile Hemp Processing Unit (MHPU).

On her way to inspect the working prototype which has been assembled by Ashford Industrial Hemp (AIH) co-owners Connie and Leon Minos on their family farm in Ashford, NSW, Andi (pictured far-left) and Connie (far-right) made a stop in the unique and beautiful town of Nimbin to meet with leading hempcrete industry expert and founder of Australian Hemp Masonry Company (AHMC) Klara Marosszeky (centre).

The meeting of these three minds was a critical part of the final information gathering and decision-making process for Andi in her role as founder and owner of X-Hemp. The AHMC has been successfully using hurd grown locally and processed by the MHPU prototype for several years now. Being able to see and touch the output materials was a critical step in advance of the order for the machine being placed, and an afternoon spent with these two experts was both enormously valuable and informative.

This experience was further rounded out the following day when Andi was able to inspect an in-progress hempcrete build in Tenterfield that is utilising hurd purchased from two different Australian processors using two different varieties of hemp. Seeing the final results of both raw materials in situ meant gaining an even deeper appreciation for the variance in appearance, and different ways the hurd can be marketed by X-Hemp when the product becomes available early next year.

The third, final and most critical part of the trip was viewing the machine in action, and Andi is very happy to report that the MHPU works exactly as it had been described, with Connie and Leon showing enormous patience with the thousands of questions asked, and were unable to be stumped with any of the “..what abouts?” thrown their way!

The Minos’ started their journey with hemp over 12-years ago as growers and processors, and after much trial, error and hard-won experience, have established a reliable-and-efficient-working prototype from which an economically priced processing unit will be made. X-Hemp is thrilled and proud to know that the MHPU purchased for Tasmania will be the first official cab off the production ranks and that this little Tasmanian owned business is supporting a fellow small enterprise run by two incredibly hard-working and generous people.

The THA knows that the acquisition of this essential piece of equipment - which will be the only one of its kind on the island of Tasmania - is going to make a huge difference for our growers as an additional value-add for what is currently being treated as a waste product. Equally importantly, X-Hemp will be providing local builders who are undertaking hempcrete construction with the option to buy local rather than from interstate or, in some cases, from the established markets in the Northern Hemisphere. While also happy to provide secondary products like animal bedding and mulch for local markets, X-Hemp was founded for the purpose of turning wasted grain stubble into usable hurd for building, and with two hempcrete projects currently in the works herself, Andi is beyond excited about heading up this business.

While the necessary capital raising is well underway with strong early interest, X-Hemp is still seeking investment in this project, and will be running two information sessions for potential investors and/or customers in Launceston and Hobart just as soon as Andi gets out of self-isolation! While information on the dates-and-times of these events will be forthcoming, if you have any questions in advance of those sessions, you can contact X-Hemp directly via phone or email with any enquiries.

1300 943 677 [1300 XHEMP7] info@x-hemp.net www.x-hemp.net


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