During a trip this week Jon Rice, the Company’s chief operating officer, successfully delivered the Company’s specialized silkworm eggs to the production team, at Prodigy Textiles’ recently renovated factory.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, announced today that its operations team at its Vietnamese subsidiary, Prodigy Textiles, has completed rearing the Company’s first batch of production silkworms. The Company’s specialized spider silk silkworms were hatched over a 7 day period starting on October 8th, while Jon Rice, the Company’s COO, was in Vietnam. The silkworms began spinning cocoons on October 27th and finished on November 2nd.
The Company is already in the process of removing the finished cocoons from the mounting frames, which will be complete by November 6th. Upon completion, the cocoons will be prepared for the silk moths to emerge. As reported, late last month, the entire population of emerging silk moths will be dedicated to breeding stock, in order to rapidly expand the Company silk production capacity at Prodigy Textiles.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, announced today that Prodigy Textiles, the Company’s Vietnamese subsidiary, completed the first cycle of silk moth mating and egg production scale up, at the Quang Nam factory.
The Prodigy Textiles operations team finished removing the cocoons from mounting frames on November 6th and silk moths began emerging by November 9th. The breeding of the emerged moths is complete, with the specialized silkworm eggs now in incubation and are expected to emerge shortly.
Each female silk moth lays upwards of 200-500 eggs and, as previously announced, all of the emerged silk moths were dedicated to breeding stock expansion to rapidly scale up the Company’s silk production capacity.
Over the coming weeks, the Company expects to hatch and rear this second round of silkworms, then harvest the resulting cocoons for production of the first recombinant spider silk threads manufactured in Vietnam. The Company will contract with a nearby reeling facility to convert the cocoons into finished silk yarn, which has already been committed to a textile manufacture for further fabric and product development.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, announced today that Prodigy Textiles, the Company’s Vietnamese subsidiary, has completed hatching the second generation of silkworms, as it continues to expand production at its factory in Quang Nam province.
This second generation is several hundred times larger than the first generation. The resulting cocoons from this production cycle will be used to fulfill the first commercial shipments from this new factory.
With hatching complete, the Prodigy Textiles team is now busy rearing this significantly expanded silkworm population. The Company anticipates these silkworms becoming cocoons over the next two weeks, with this batch of specialized silk expected to be completed by Christmas. This cycle represents the largest single month’s production of recombinant spider silk in the Company’s history.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, announced today that the Company is nearing completion of the second production cycle, of recombinant spider silk, at its Vietnamese production factory. The Company expects to begin shipping the specialized silk cocoons by next week. These cocoons will be turned into the first recombinant spider silk yarn from this new facility and, once complete, will be sent to the US, for testing and delivery to customers.
The Company transferred production operations, in October of this year, to the Prodigy Textiles factory, the Company’s Vietnamese subsidiary. Over the last two months, the Company has been scaling this facility’s throughput, nearly tripling its skilled workforce to support its rapidly growing operations.