Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) to establish additional innovation hubs for bamboo textile fibers

The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) plans to establish three additional bamboo textile fiber innovation hubs (BTFIH) by next year, in addition to the existing three hubs. One of the hubs will be opened in Lagangilang, Abra, this year, according to Julius Leano, PTRI officer-in-charge.

Another hub will be established in Maramag, Bukidnon, and a third one in Pangasinan in the following year, although the specific locations have yet to be determined.

Recently, a new hub was launched in Maragondon, Cavite, and the first two hubs was situated in Naguilian, La Union, and Cauayan, Isabela.

The purpose of these hubs is to enable communities to process bamboo into raw bamboo textile fiber (BTF) and prepare it for further textile processing. The technology used in these hubs is simple, deployable, and scalable, with the potential for local fabrication of the required machines to support wider implementation.

Bamboo fibers have various applications in clothing, home textiles, nonwovens (such as shoes, bags, and acoustic insulation), and more. The establishment of the BTFIH in Cavite will help ensure the availability of bamboo textile fibers for subsequent textile production processes.

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