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Halesworth hemp factory opens

PUBLISHED: 16:39 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 07:37 01 August 2010

THE largest hemp processing factory in the world has opened in a Suffolk town - at a cost of £4m.

The site, in Halesworth, is owned by Hemcore, a company that makes environmentally friendly animal bedding and recently relocated to the county from Hertfordshire.

THE largest hemp processing factory in the world has opened in a Suffolk town - at a cost of £4m.

The site, in Halesworth, is owned by Hemcore, a company that makes environmentally friendly animal bedding and recently relocated to the county from Hertfordshire.

It took two years to plan and develop the factory, which was fired up in June, and it will now create products for the automotive and insulation industry as well as hemp bedding.

Hemcore's sales director, John Hobson, said the site would help to reduce the company's carbon footprint by minimising the time it took to transport the hemp plant from farmers.

He said: “The new factory has allowed us to increase capacity and the new base is now in the centre of our growing area to minimise transportation of raw materials.

“There is no waste at all from hemp with everything used and we are proud that we can operate a zero wastage policy in the factory.”

The hemp bedding breaks down quickly and can then be used by farmers as compost.

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