Winter Olympics feature Canadian hemp fibers in luge, bobsled tracks

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(A version of this story first appeared at Hemp Industry Daily.)

Canadian Greenfield Technologies, an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in hemp products, sent more than 60,000 pounds of its NForce-Fiber for use in the luge and bobsled tracks at the Beijing Winter Olympics that opened Friday.

The fibers were used in place of plastic fibers as a concrete strengthener.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company sells hemp fibers for outdoor construction projects that use sprayed concrete – commonly called shotcrete – such as outdoor pools and skate parks. The fibers strengthen the concrete.

Canadian Greenfield Technologies also makes consumer hemp products, including cat litter, hemp-derived potting soil and food-preservation pads.

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Earlier this week, the company sold its hemp-products division to Hempalta, a newly formed hemp company also based in Calgary, for an undisclosed price.

Canadian Greenfield Technologies retains its NForce-Fiber products and its business selling proprietary fiber processing equipment.

Hempalta is led by Darren Bondar, a former CEO of marijuana retailer Spirit Holdings.