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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
$856,000 project expenditure + 12 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. 34 new businesses in 2014/15 (a total of 129 in 2013/14 and 2014/15) working with AWI at 30 June 2015: a. Vietnam 28 (81); b. Bangladesh 0 (0); c. Russia 4 (32); d. Belorussia 2 (14); e. Ukraine 0 (2) is on hold because of the political situation. 25 new Woolmark licensee applicants in these regions by 2016. 12 new Woolmark licensee applicants in these regions at 30 June 2015: Vietnam 7; Russia 5. 750,000 kg increase in 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 2014/15. 1,000,000kg per annum demand from Russia in 2014/15. • AWI continues to identify new companies and assist project partners, educating them how to manufacture wool garments. This activity continuously builds and consolidates the first stage in the supply chain (garment manufacturers). • AWI has focussed on the second stage in the supply chain (spinners) by educating companies how to manufacture wool and wool blended yarns. One of the three companies trained is now looking to purchase new machinery that will enable it to make wool yarns for weaving and knitwear applications. • 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 overseas. • AWI has not only introduced Vietnamese manufacturers to retail buyers from Japan and Korea but also helped Vietnamese companies to develop wool products based on buyer-led new product development concepts. Models on a photoshoot in Australia wearing apparel by Vietnamese manufacturer and retailer Canifa. The company is the first Vietnamese retailer to gain Woolmark certification. It released in 2014 a range of Woolmark-certified apparel as part of AWI's 'Out of Vietnam' project. Comprising sweaters, cardigans, dresses, vests, skirts and scarves, the collection used fine Merino wool with a micron of 19.5. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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