Innovation in hemp production
From industrial-sized harvesters to micro-processing technology for oils and sophisticated extraction systems for large CBD producers, the need for harvesting and processing equipment, technology for controlled grows and other elements in the production chain is strong. This is a special invitation for you to join us May 24-25, 2019 for Hemp Machines & Technology, part of the Hemp | 2020 Business Summit Series hosted by HempToday, the leading source for global business information about industrial hemp.
Leading International Speakers
Rafael Dulon, CEO
Hanf Farm GmbH, Germany
Rafael is the developer of the Multi-Combine HC 3400 hemp harvester, a major technological step forward that can help hemp farmers realize the full promise of the plant on a massive scale. He has been involved in nearly all aspects of the hemp value chain since 1997. Trained in organic agriculture and marketing of high-quality hemp foods, he began with the cultivation of cannabis seeds in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg, Germany as early as 1997, processing hemp seed into top-shelf edible oils.
Valerio Zucchini Consulting & Trading, Italy
Valerio has been working with natural fibers and hemp for about two decades, in recent years having turned his attention to the creation of technology to simplify the agricultural work of harvesting and collecting hemp. Now with the new tide of CBD production, Valerio has developed a complete agriculture system to achieve multipurpose harvesting for extraction, biomass, food seeds, hurd and textile fiber — all this for small or complicate growing fields. Valerio previously developed production systems for hemp, flax and cellulose to manufacture insulation material for the construction and automotive industries. He also has developed technology for the wood industry, particularly in High and Medium Density Fiber (HDF & MDF) and managed projects to retool and restart legacy factories from Europe to South America and South East Asia.
Robert Ziner, Founder & CEO
CIHC, Toronto, Canada
Bobby’s firm, Canadian Industrial Hemp Corp. (CIHC), is shepherding a CA$46 million (US$35 million) initiative to build a fully operational advanced hemp stalk processing and optimization system that will reduce the unit cost of decortication by over 45%. The “Smart Stalk” system is designed to focus on productivity and production flexibility, thereby maximizing the value added to input stalk.CIHC’s goal is to help Canada become a global center of excellence in advanced bio-fiber processing. With more than 30 years in the building materials distribution and secondary wood processing industries, Bobby previously founded and operated a public company which acquired three other firms and generated over $240 million a year in sales.
Kelly Knutson, CEO
Isolate Extraction Systems Inc.
Kelly is an entrepreneur focused on equipment manufacturing and next generation technology development. As the founder of IES, he created a leading product and brand within the supercritical extraction industry. Before IES Knutson and the other founders of Keef Cola developed production systems, operating procedures, and formulations for infusing beverages. An industry leader in the development and production of supercritical extraction technology, Kelly’s firm has predicated a big part of its future on growing demand for cannabidiol (CBD). The company already has more than 100 extraction installations in many U.S. states that turn out compounds from hemp and other raw material via its CO2-based extraction technology
Henry’s Hemp Harvester
Henry is looking to help ease the harvesting and processing stages for small and medium-sized farms and has been doing intense research and development for the past three years. He is an electrical engineer and owner of Henry’s Hempharvester (HHH), a startup which is developing the machine. He’ll eventually target sales at small hemp agricultural enterprises up to 200 ha that grow hemp for CBD extraction, food and other niche products – and who struggle with laborious hand-harvesting methods, limiting efficiency.
Marijn Roersch van der Hoogte
Marijn is continuing to develop The Hempseed Harvester from Swath at Hanffaser. The machine can harvest hemp seed from already cut hempstalks laying in a swath, providing a harvest of good quality fiber with good quality seed. The technology circumvents the problem of long seed ripening times vs. high quality hemp fiber from fiber varieties, creating extra income for farmers through dual cropping. Built from parts of other machines, The Hempseed Harvester was financed partly by the Hanffaser and through crowdfunding. Hanffaser Uckermark produces building materials, mainly insulation, from hemp grown with partners in Germany and Poland. The company is also active in research and development. Marijn is also a buyer of raw materials for production, and Hanffaser’s contact person for suppliers and media; he is also coordinator of harvesting and other projects. Formerly Sales Manager Deutschland for Soft Secrets Magazin (Discover Publisher B.V.), he also held various jobs at Germany’s Hemp Museum. Marijn previously worked in merchandising at Zalando, and studied entrepreneurship at University of Amsterdam and biology at University of Utrecht.
The Micro Hemp Decorticator
Kristaps is an arts & crafts metal worker who continues to develop a micro hemp decorticator intended for small farming and processing operations. His project was inspired in part by his research of a decorticator project started by 95-year-old Voldemars Cirulis, who is blind, while living in Australia in the early 2000s. Kristaps is also interested in hempcrete construction and plans to build a family house from the material.
Botanical Extraction Enterprises
Ap is a South African farmer and project manager with a deep love of Cannabis. AP has been extracting Cannabis for 5 years, refining his methods and developing equipment based on these refinements. In 2018 he started a dedicated company, Botanical Extraction Enterprises, specialising in building commercial ethanolic cannabinoid extraction systems.
A special experience
Join a group of independent entrepreneurs with strong bonds, and sharing key assets through which we strengthen our individual grass-roots businesses. We look for strategic and financial partners to join us as we work to synthesize our enterprises to further develop hemp industry value chains — from farming to processing facilities and product lines, B2B and B2C communications and marketing, sales and distribution channels.
To be held at HempToday’s center in the Palace at Nakło, Lelów, Poland, the Summit is an opportunity for current and future industry stakeholders to get up close and personal as we survey the vast opportunities in hemp-specific technology & machines, and explore investment and business opportunities together.
The aims of the Summit are to share knowledge and experiences, to foster business matchmaking among participants, to generate a body of content for broader distribution around the world, and to jointly explore the potential for hemp technology, machines and solutions for stakeholders big and small.
Growing industrial hemp and the development of regionalized hemp processing and manufacturing facilities hold great potential to create thriving local economies, and to build industries that are more in harmony with nature by reducing our carbon footprint.
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