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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
AWI has established business relationships with many companies, and has increased its number of licensees from zero to seven. AWI has undertaken product development programs to enable Australian wool to be used in the manufacturer of garments in Russia for retail in Russia. For example, Pekhorskiy Textile has produced hand knitting yarns for children, which are machine washable. All the companies with which AWI is working are commercial and many are investing in wool manufacturing infrastructure. AWI is assisting in the development of a health agreement between Australia and Russia that will enable Australian wool to be exported directly to Russia. Most of the manufacturing sector in Belorussia is state-owned and AWI has been working with the relevant government departments to help set up a supply chain that will use Australian wool. The Belorussian government has recently invested €55 million in textile manufacturer Kamvol to upgrade its factory. The new equipment will enable Kamvol to manufacture products using good quality finer wool, ie Australian wool. Kamvol has the capacity to produce four million metres of woven fabric. The new factory is planned to come on stream in the latter half of 2015. AWI is working with knitters in Belorussia on product development to enable the manufacturers to switch from acrylic to Australian wool yarns. Identifying manufacturing companies interested and committed to increasing profitability through increasing productivity or through cost reductions, or adopting technologies which enables them to produce more added value products. Development of technical marketing and information packages, eg (a) Increased profitability by increased productivity and reducing costs, and (b) Increased profitability by the adoption of "added value" innovative technologies. Transferring technologies aimed at increasing profitability, to partners along the manufacturing supply chain e.g. top- makers, spinners, dyeing and finishers, knitters, weavers and making-up companies. As part of the Easy Care re-launch, transfer of technology, with particular focus on the knitted product sector, to increase the number of suppliers of good and reliable quality Easy Care wool products. Industry training sessions/workshops on "Increasing profitability". Production of two technical packages based on increasing profitability. Transfer of technology aimed at increasing profitability through increased productivity and/or cost reduction to 10 companies per year (2013 -- 2016). AWI continues to develop innovations with its partners that are taken up by global companies. Transfer of technology aimed at increasing profitability by adoption of added-value technologies to 15 companies per year between 2013 and 2016. AWI continues to develop product innovations with its partners that are taken up by global brands, eg Merino Retract, Merino Vintage etc. Updating training and education material relating to the production of Easy Care wool products by 2014. The immediate focus has been on the production of manuals on woven and knitwear finishing. Increase in annual demand/consumption of Australian wool by, on average, 10,000Kg per company with which AWI engages. Difficulties in obtaining specific data from companies, but feedback suggests a sizable volume increase due to the companies selling into 100+ countries. REPORT OF 2013/14 OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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