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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
$1,127,000 project expenditure + 13 AWI staff (full time equivalent) Identifying manufacturing companies interested and committed to learning how to make and commercialise premium quality products made from Australian wool. Provision of training (theoretical and practical) by transfer of knowledge and technology. Increasing their knowledge, expertise and confidence so that they can consistently produce products which meet the Woolmark standards of quality. Advising mills on the types and supplier of wool materials, (greasy or scoured wool, tops, yarns etc), textile processing chemicals and dyestuffs, wool-processing machinery and components. Assisting them with trade marketing collateral and events to promote their wool product ranges. Introducing them to potential new customers. Provision of ongoing assistance and advice when technical issues arise. Offering companies a strong value proposition so that they become Woolmark licensees. 75 new businesses working with AWI by 2016: a. Vietnam 30; b. Bangladesh 15; c. Russia 15; d. Belorussia 10; e. Ukraine 5. 95 new businesses working with AWI at 30 June 2014: a. Vietnam 53; b. Bangladesh 0; c. Russia 28; d. Belorussia 12; e. Ukraine 2. 25 new Woolmark licensee applicants in these regions by 2016. 9 new Woolmark licensee applicants in these regions at 30 June 2014: Vietnam 2; Russia 7. 750,000 kg increase in annual demand/consumption per annum for Australian wool by 2016 (based on an average 10,000 kilos per company). 800,000kg per annum demand from Vietnam in 2013/14. 1,000,000 kg per annum demand from Russia in 2013/14. AWI has completed the establishment of the first stage in the supply chain (garment manufacturers) by educating companies how to manufacture wool garments. AWI has embarked on the second stage in the supply chain (spinners) by educating companies how to manufacture wool blend yarns -- which can be manufactured using the same equipment that manufacture acrylic yarns. Vietnamese companies already own this equipment. They are now looking to purchase equipment that can manufacture pure wool yarns. The next steps will be for AWI to help set up further stages in the supply chain (top making, scouring etc) in Vietnam, from which the Vietnamese manufacturers can source their supplies made from Australian wool rather than having to buy from overseas. As well as getting the Vietnamese companies up to speed on manufacturing techniques, AWI has introduced the companies to retail buyers from Japan and Korea. Initial orders have been made. A delegation of Vietnamese textile manufacturers on a self-funded trip to Australia to learn more about the source of Australian Merino wool, as part of AWI s "Out of Vietnam" project. REPORT OF 2013/14 OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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