Cormo has developed a new technology for utilization of maize stems.

One part of the plant is processed into TEFA, a fibrous material with very low nutrient content, like peat. The technological process allows the control of fibre length, pore size, nutrient and salt content, structural stability, biological activity, and stickiness.

Another part of the plant is processed into BABS in the form of 3-dimensional granules with extremely high water uptake capacity. Its low density and porosity combine specifications of expanded polystyrene, activated carbon, and superabsorbent polymers, with a unique standing as a 100% biodegradable natural product.

TEFA and BABS are platform materials with unique specifications. On this basis, Cormo has conducted dedicated R&D, together with scientific partners, over several years, for development and validation of specific industrial applications.

The Cormo-technology is patented and includes industrial solutions for raw material harvest, material processing, as well as product quality management and control. Cormo also owns the rights of the product validation reports and has generated extensive product application know-how. Cormo owns and operates a first industrial production line in Alsace (France).

Cormo utilizes maize stems for its process, a residue from grain maize production. Due to its high moisture content after harvest, maize straw cannot be stored as such, it has a low nutritional value and a high level of potassium, making it unsuitable as combustion fuel. For these reasons, corn straw is a globally unused resource. The utilization of corn stems, as offered by Cormo, involves only a part of the total straw volume, is sustainable in all aspects and offers new income options to corn farmers.