Startup created synthetic spider silk to revolutionise the textile industry
A Japanese start-up called Sbiber has developed a strong, light and biodegradable material inspired by spider silk that will begin production in Thailand. The company's main product, "Brewed Protein", is produced by feeding microbes with plant sugars such as glucose. The fermentation process converts biomass into proteins. These proteins can then be turned into a variety of forms such as textiles or plastics.
Keisuke Morita, head of Spiber's Thailand said: "We want proteins to contribute to social development as a new core industry following ceramics, steel and plastics, [...] We'll expand the options for sustainable materials in response to demand from society"
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