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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
• Chinese company and Woolmark licensee Diyang Merino Textile Limited won a gold medal for innovation at the prestigious ISPO trade show for outdoor products when they launched their new Hydro-duct fabric developed using AWI technology. Hydro-duct is a new one directional moisture management technology for Merino wool fabrics that transfers liquid sweat away from the body. • Hong Kong based underwear brand, Chicks, sold out of its 100% Merino PerformTM Pro base-layer range without any promotion beyond POS tickets and labels. Merino PerformTM Pro is a special double-faced 100 per cent MerinoPerform fabric that quickly moves sweat to the fabric's outer side. • Merino Vintage (faded and washed out effects) and Merino Retract (contemporary boiled wool looks) garments continue to feature in the ranges of global brands such as Armani, Diesel, Massimo Dutti and Hugo Boss. • Premium brand Louis Philippe in India included mercerised Merino knits in its range for the second season running. As a result of mercerisation, the actual diameter of the Merino fibre does not change, but the perceived improvement in hand feel is like using wool 2 to 3 microns finer. The technical director of Diyang Merino Textile Limited, Michael Yang, demonstrating the new one directional moisture management technology Hydro-duct to AWI's General Manager Product Development and Commercialisation, Jimmy Jackson. $1,028,000 project expenditure + 2.8 AWI staff (full time equivalent) Investment activities will largely involve partnership with credible research institutions around the globe in conduct of consumer-based research evaluating the comparative benefits of wool in the areas of: • Sleep quality and quantity -- sleeping on or under wool bedding, or in wool (sleepwear). • Dermatology -- challenging the widespread misconception that wool is an allergen, and demonstrating that suitably selected fine Merino products are healthy for the skin, especially for those with the most sensitive skin. • Flammability -- demonstration of wool's inherent flame retardance properties in support of product development and marketing opportunities. As a complement to these efforts, investments will address the development of technical specifications for trading and assurance of product qualities where these address wellness attributes of wool products. Complete and communicate to technical and trade audiences research that: Unequivocally demonstrates that wool is not an allergen. Evidence has been accumulated demonstrating that allergy sufferers (specifically Atopic Dermatitis) derive substantial benefit from wearing properly specified next-to-skin wool garments. Demonstrates the role of fine Merino baselayers in ameliorating chronic skin conditions associated with microclimate management of the skin, such as Atopic Dermatitis. Favourable results were achieved over the year in separate clinical studies of adults and children suffering from atopic dermatitis, with the former study being published. Supports the recognition of wool bedding as part of a healthy night's sleep, and development of Merino sleepwear and maternity-wear markets. Separate studies of both Merino sleepwear and wool bedding (duvets) demonstrated health benefits for the users. Supports development of product market opportunities in categories such as corporate wear, safety wear, medical products and infantswear. The study demonstrating that infants with especially sensitive skin (ie suffering from eczema) benefit from wearing wool helps support market opportunities for other properly specified wool garments. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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