INNOVATOR PROFILE

TENBRO

COMPANY INFORMATION

Founded: 2000

Headquarters: Shanghai, China

Website: http://www.tenbro.com/

COMPANY HISTORY

Tenbro Bamboo Company is the first company to manufacture bamboo fiber in China. Tenbro sells bamboo fiber, yarn, and fabric as well as finished products, in particular linens and undergarments. They produce an annual capacity of 30,000 tons of bamboo fiber per year and 12,000 tons of bamboo yarn. Currently, the Tenbro material is most similar to cotton with some applications similar to wool. The company mentions silk in their marketing materials but none of the fabrics represented seem to be a real silk replacement. We have included the company in our alternative wool/yarn landscape because of their commitment to alternative materials and potential for future innovations. 

MATERIALS

Bamboo fiber, yarn, and fabric

To ensure quality standards, Tenbro uses bamboo from its own bamboo plantation in the Sichuan Province. No pesticides or harsh chemicals are used to grow the bamboo.

TECHNOLOGY

Plant-derived

Tenbro holds the patent for the bamboo fiber creation process. MII assumes that fibers are extracted and processed via mechanical and/or chemical means. Tenbro states that their fibers are 100% bamboo. The company can use plant-based dyes according to customer preference.

SENSORY/TACTILE

The website provides test reports on the physical characteristics of bamboo fiber and yarn, including moisture retention, tensile strength (both wet and dry), and elongation. The Tenbro website also includes a comparison chart of the physical parameters of Tenbro versus other fibers. 

http://www.tenbro.com/proyarn.asp 

SOURCING

Bamboo fibers, yarns, and fabrics, among other items, can be ordered directly from the company. They distribute worldwide. 

CURRENT APPLICATIONS

BEDDING, TOWELS, CLOTHING

In addition to bamboo fibers, yarns, and fabrics, Tenbro sells a variety of finished products, including bedding, towels, baby clothing, and undergarments for men and women. Most of these finished products are made with bamboo/cotton blends. According to their website, companies across the globe use their bamboo fibers, yarns, and fabrics.

Learn More

Contact MII at info@materialinnovation.org for more information on Tenbro.