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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
• AWI has established business relationships with many companies (eg topmakers, knitters, weavers, retailers, designers). • AWI has undertaken product development programs to enable Australian wool to be used in the manufacturer of products in Russia for retail in Russia. For example, Pekhorskiy Textile is expanding its production of hand knitting yarns, and Kampoteks is manufacturing and retailing interior textiles under the Wool House brand. • We are helping Woolmark licensees to do business in Russia regarding the purchase of tops, yarns and fabrics. • AWI assisted in the development of a health agreement between Australia and Russia that now enables Australian wool to be exported directly to Russia (which means less costs for buyers and potentially more Australian wool going 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 invested €55 million in textile manufacturer Kamvol to upgrade its factory, which is now nearing completion. 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. • 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, e.g. (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. Content written, awaiting update of images prior to publishing. Transfer of technology aimed at increasing profitability through increased productivity and/or cost reduction to 10 companies per year (2013--2016). Transfer to 10 companies in 2014/15: 4 in China, 2 in Hong Kong, 3 in Turkey, 1 in Taiwan. Transfer of technology aimed at increasing profitability by adoption of added-value technologies to 15 companies per year between 2013 and 2016. Transfer to 15 companies in 2014/15: 9 in China, 5 in India, 1 in Vietnam. Updating training and education material relating to the production of Easy Care wool products by 2015. Knitwear finishing manual and training course in final stages of publishing. Increase in annual demand/consumption of Australian wool by, on average, 10,000kg per company with which AWI engages. 2013-14 survey (which showed an average of 18,000kg over 12 mills that responded) to be repeated during early 2016 to capture 2014-15 consumption. • AWI's technology transfer activities, which are designed to increase productivity, included on-site dyeing and finishing in Turkey for circular knitters and dyers who are new to Merino wool, thus enabling an easier access to Merino jersey for the sports active brands that are showing continued interest in Merino wool products. Previous technology transfer to Turkish knitter Hasyun resulted in them now supplying Merino jersey garments to a wool-focused sports brand in the USA. • Major Chinese easy care top makers have been advised at training seminars on how to reduce costs by reducing water consumption. • One of China's leading wool enterprises, Nanshan, has received orders for more than 60,000 metres of Neulana Air and cold-dye vintage fabrics, which helps off-set losses in their existing wool business. Neulana Air fabric is made from high-elastic Merino fibres blended with normal Merino wool. During the special finishing treatment, due to the shrinkage of fibres in the yarns, the end product has ultimate bulk and softness, with a luxurious hand-feel; the fabric has a unique style which is full of stretch and texture. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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