Uses of Abaca

Manila hemp, which became known to the western commercial world in about 1820, was, until the advent of henequen, used for general cordage purposes where it largely replaced true hemp and flax. Until the advent of the first synthetic fibres manila was the premier material for marine ropes where its strength, lightness and water-resistance were appreciated.

Today, although marine and other ropes are still important, it is mainly used in the paper making industry. Because of its relatively long staple length, strength and cellulose content, it is particularly used in the manufacture of a range of specialised papers including tea and coffee bags, sausage casing paper, electrotytric papers, currency notes, cigarette filter papers, medical /food preparation/disposal papers and some high-quality writing paper.

There is also a thriving abaca fibre handicraft industry operating in the Philippines, exporting on a world wide basis.

Abaca Information

A Brief History

The Plant

Uses of Abaca

Abaca Grading