The henequen or sisal is a fiber extracted from the agave, the pointed silver from which tequila or mezcal comes out.
Nearly 200 years ago, henequen fiber or sisal (also named for the name of the Mexican port where it is shipped) was exported to the Middle world from Mexico.
After falling into disuse for a long time, new technologies have opened an opportunity for the resurgence and promotion of its production.

Henequen can be converted into fuel and polymer material (plastic), according to advances demonstrated by Brazilian researchers. This fiber is already used throughout the Americas for making ropes, rugs, and handicrafts. It has mechanical and physical characteristics that make it an ideal raw material to be a substitute for plastic different industries.

In Mexico, since 2013, scientists from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of Querétaro (Cinvestav) had developed a material that was obtained from mixtures of henequén with fiber of glass.

sisal is already used in textiles, construction, and automobiles, instead of fiberglass. It could also be used as cellulose, inulin, fodder or alcohol. In the specific case of cars, its use is expected to expand to bodywork, trunk linings, floors and interior door covers.

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