History of HempFlax

A concise timeline of highlights in the history of HempFlax is presented below. From the challenge of reviving an almost extinct traditional Dutch industry came the triumph of creating innovative new products that consistently out-perform their conventional counterparts.

Having succeeded in re-establishing industrial hemp as a successful crop in the Netherlands, HempFlax is now repeating this feat in Romania. Our product range continues to grow, as does demand for high-quality products made from renewable resources. It is a demand we have been dedicated to meeting since our very beginning.

  • Ben Dronkers discovered the potential of industrial hemp in the early 1990s
  • He became determined to revive the once-thriving, now almost extinct Dutch hemp industry
  • In 1993 he established HempFlax in Oude Pekela, Netherlands
  • 140 hectares (343 acres) and a processing line of heavily adapted machinery delivered the first harvest and products in 1994
  • More hemp fields and products were added over the following years as the harvesting and processing equipment was improved and refined
  • A second decortication line was custom-built in 2002, enabling very fine hemp fibres to be produced
  • By 2003, HempFlax hemp fleece was being used in Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Bentley, and Buggati cars
  • HempFlax Plus insulation for wall and ceiling cavities was first produced in 2011
  • In 2012, European cress production partially switched to HempFlax growing medium
  • After the reintroduction of hemp in Romania in 2011, HempFlax Romania was founded in 2012 to set up a large scale hemp growing operation and processing plant
  • In 2014, HempFlax Plus insulation for exterior use was introduced
  • By 2015 HempFlax farms 1200 hectares (2800 acres) of hemp and produces 10,000 tons of products per year