INTERVIEW: Rachele Invernizzi
PRESIDENT, SOUTH HEMP TECNO srl/ITALY
Rachele Invernizzi is a member and agricultural coordinator for south Italy at Assocanapa, Italy’s national association supporting the reintroduction of hemp cultivation and the use of hemp raw material for major industries. She is also President at privately-held South Hemp Tecno srl, a processor located in Crispiano-Taranto in southern Italy.
HempToday: What is South Hemp’s overall philosophy and approach to the economics of the hemp processing business?
Rachele Invernizzi: SHT was conceived first of all as a factory to process hemp straw and at the same time to be the first link in a local production chain. I always say that without a factory, you can’t make anything with hemp. But without a source for hemp, it’s useless to build a processing plant. We produce fiber and shives into raw materials for green building, paper (cellulose) and bio-plastics, polymers and bio-composites markets. The market for cellulose and bio-polymers will grow in the near future while green building is already a reality. We also make animal bedding and loose material for agricultural mulch.