“Nonwoven companies, converters, and leading consumer goods companies are looking for viable natural fibre options to achieve their corporate sustainability initiatives as they move away from synthetics. The market for natural fibres is set for rapid growth, and this highly strategic funding will help BFT to solidify its position and further accelerate its expansion to meet the increasing demand for tree-free, plastic-free fibres,” Jim Posa, CEO of BFT, said in a statement.
“As the nonwoven industry transitions away from plastics, we believe there will be exponential growth in the natural fibres market. As a responsible investor with a strategic, long-term mindset, we seek to invest in companies focused on solutions that help drive sustainable development. With a strong and experienced management team, BFT is well positioned to become a global leader in the production of sustainable bast fibres. We see sustainable value-creating opportunities in the company,” Lasse Heinonen, president and CEO of Ahlström Capital, said.
Bast Fibre Technologies (BFT) has closed a strategic financing with Ahlstrom Capital of Finland. BFT will expand its fibre manufacturing capacity at its US-flagship facility in Lumberton (NC) and its EU-facility near Düsseldorf (NRW). BFT will produce over 10,000 metric tons of sero hemp fibre per year by 2023 and up to 50,000 metric tons per year by 2026.
“Ahlström Capital has an excellent reputation for investing in cleantech companies offering sustainable solutions. It is important for us to work with an investor that shares our values and our vision of moving away from synthetic materials in nonwoven applications. Ahlström Capital has several complementary portfolio holdings in the nonwoven and sustainable fibre industries, making it both a natural fit and value-added investor for BFT. We are pleased to welcome Ahlström Capital’s investment director, Andreas Ahlström, to BFT’s board of directors,” Noel Hall, BFT’s executive board chair, said.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)