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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2007-08
APPAREL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING WooLquALITY TrAInInG To cHIneSe ProceSSorS In direct response to concerns raised by Chinese processors, AWI in partnership with AWEX and AWTA presented two 2-day workshops last year. Nearly 200 members of the Chinese textile industry received hands-on training at Zhangjiagang, China, in September 2007; delivered by the Australian wool industry in an effort to raise awareness of quality assurance measures. AWI in association with the AWEX and AWTA provided information on classing standards, measurement and certification, presale information on wool quality and the roles of the grower, classer, broker and buyer. The workshop delivered programs aimed at improving the knowledge and use of Australian wool quality systems. There was a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, with AWEX conducting skirting demonstrations and presale clip inspection procedures with an in-depth explanation of 107 wool sale lots and the corresponding catalogue information. Additional sessions by AWTA on objective measurement, certification and dark and medullated fibre testing were very well received. Overall one hundred per cent of participants said the course improved their understanding of Australian Merino wool. Importantly, the information and training reached participants who rated their knowledge of Australia’s wool quality systems as either basic or no prior knowledge. The participants ranged from young, factory floor technicians through to enterprise managers. Over 75 per cent of the participants also said they saw opportunities to use more Australian Merino wool, following the workshop. AWI, AWEX and AWTA ran another workshop in April 2008 in Zhangjiagang. The 2008 training was more targeted than the previous session. It covered progress on the development of dark and medullated fibre detection, International Wool Test Organisation (IWTO) test certificate changes relating to clip preparation status, improving fibre selection, effluent management and other environmental issues for early stage processing. In addition, information about mulesing and an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirements in major export markets such as North America and Europe were provided. Germany based social and environmental risk management company Global Sustainable Management were involved in this training. The April training was attended by 80 participants from some of the largest wool processors in the world. These seminars are a low-cost and effective means to get key messages about the fibre to the processors. Improved and continuing communication with China’s early stage processors on a range of issues is helping to lift standards in the key wool export market and processing hub that China has become. 2007/2008 48 ANNUAL AWI 07/08 More information: www.merinoinnovation.com
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