Mongolia begins producing semi-final horsehair, yak fiber and camel wool products

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A factory that processes horse mane and tail hair, yak fiber and camel wool became operational on April 1, within the scope of Industrialization 21:100 National Program.

Mongolia is globally recognized for its high quality products made from horsehair and yak fiber, supplying 40 percent of the global demand. Recently, the Mongolian Association of Leather Industry Producers partnered with Mon Torgon Del LLC to develop technical regulations MNS 0215:2018 and MNS0215:2007 for the packaging of fibrous products. The new regulations ensure standard products are exported by Mongolian producers, according to the association. 

In conformity with these regulations, fibers from horse mane and tail, yak and camel must be sorted by their length and color before being cleaned and sterilized. These types of fibers are considered the finest natural fibers among all animal fibers. The new factory hopes that by producing semi-final products using these raw materials, it can increase the local production of value-added products, develop local industrialization, boost exports and contribute to the national economy. 

The factory is currently run by around 60 employees who process 200 kilograms of fibers and wool a day on average, which are then exported to China. Officials reported that the factory can produce up to 500 kilograms of semi-final products if operated at its full capacity. 

A spokesperson said that the factory plans to market its products in European countries in the future, but before that, it will enhance its processing technology and capacity and increase its output to up to 10 types of products, namely all kinds of fire protective suits, water-proof outfits, instrument strings, painting brushes, makeup brushes, false eye lashes, and wigs. 

On average, Mongolia reportedly has resources to collect 300 tons of fiber from horse mane, 100 tons from horsetail, 50 tons from yak tail, 30 tons from the belly of the yak, and 400 tons of wool from camels.

Dulguun Bayarsaikhan