Hemp’s full potential is on tap at this year’s EIHA conference

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Confirmed speakers for the European Industrial Hemp Conference next week will cover everything from hemp construction and bio-composites to textiles, food and CBD. More than 30 experts are scheduled to address this year’s 17th annual conference June 16-17, which is an online-only gathering in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Updates from EIHA

Following market and policy reports from the EIHA to lead off the conference on Day 1, sessions on farming and processing, sustainability in construction, automotive and packaging are on tap. Jean-Marie Bourgeois-Jacquet, APM, France, will present “Use of Hemp Fibres in Automotive Injected Moulding Applications,” and Jeremiah Dutton,Trifilon, Sweden will talk about “Hemp Fibre Biocomposites – Renewable Carbon Based Packaging, among other presentations on the program.

Day 1 also will include a look at hemp in North America, with presentations from U.S. lawyer Bob Hoban and Ted Haney of the Canadian Hemp Trade Association.

In the evening of Day 1, German photographer Maren Krings will talk about her initiative, “A Four Year Documentary Project to Capture the Global Effects of Hemp Industries on Climate Change and Society.”

Fibers, food, CBD

Fibers, breeding, food & CBD are all covered on Day 2. Jason Finnis, Bast Fibre Technologies, Canada will discuss “Displacing Synthetic Fibres with Hemp in the Single-Use-Nonwovens Industry.” Finnis has overseen the installation and commissioning of several decortication and fiber refining lines internationally, has operated a hemp and flax fibre degumming facility in Europe, and led the filing of multiple patents dealing with bast fibre processes and products. He is the co-founder of Hemptown Clothing, a hemp garments maker.

Also on the second day, Eral Osmanoglou, Co-Founder & CTO at Becanex, a Dutch CBD producer, will talk about “Specialized Extraction of Full Spectrum CBD for Food” in Germany. He is a food technologist with experience in business development, innovation management and product development.

Product of the Year

Six nominees are up for the “Hemp Product of the Year 2020” award in this year’s EIHA) innovation competition, a part of the annual conference.

The conference program includes discussions following each presentation as well as two panel discussions with leading experts and participants closing out each day.

The registration fee for the two-day online event is €250.

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