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(11)    Patent No :    AP 2171   
(21)    Application No :    AP/P/2007/003956   
(22)    Filing Date :    15.09.2005   
(24)    Date of Grant &    19.11.2010   
           
(45)    Publication :

(30)  Priority Data       
(33) Country    (31) Number    (32) Date
AU    2004905315    16.09.2004

(84)    Designated State

BW    GM    GH    KE    LS    MW  MZ   NA   SL
SD    SZ    T Z    UG    ZM    ZW
 
(73) Applicant(s)

PAPYRUS AUSTRALIA LIMITED, Ground Floor, Elizabeth

House, 231 North Terrace, Adelaide, S.A. 5000,
Australia

(72) Inventors

AZER Ramy, Abraham, Australia

(74) Representative

GILL, GODLONTON & GERRANS

ZIMBABWE

(51)  International  Classification   D21B1/00 (2006.01)    D21F13/00 (2006.01)
D21H11/12 (2006.01)   

(54)    Title

Method and apparatus for removing sheets of fibres from banana plants for the production of paper products

(57)    Abstract

A method and apparatus for producing sheets from the pseudostems of banana plants in the family Musaceae, each pseudostem having a longitudinal axis. The method includes the steps of feeding a pseudostem (14) into a workstation, supporting (62, 34) the pseudostem for rotation thereof about its

longitudinal axis within the workstation, and contacting the rotating pseudostem along substantially its entire length with a fibre-separating device (38), whereby a continuous sheet of fibre (60) is removed from the pseudostem by the fibre-separating device during rotation. Raw paper may also be made by laminating two or more of these sheets together such that the direction of the generally parallel fibres in at least two adjacent sheets is

(56)    Documents Cited :    US 10011232 A    US 1981883 A

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