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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
PROGRAM 2: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER INVESTMENT FOCUS • 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”. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16 Progress during 2015/16 Production of two technical packages based on increasing profitability. Progressing. TEC knitwear manufacturing training package for Chinese knitters in development. Transfer of technology aimed at increasing profitability through increased productivity and/or cost reduction to 4 companies per year, and by adoption of added-value technologies to 15 companies per year, between 2013 and 2016. Achieved. The number of companies working with AWI over 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 were 28, 25 and 22 respectively. In 2015/16, transfer of technology by adoption of added-value technologies to 18 companies: 9 in China, 5 in Hong Kong, 2 in India, 2 in Europe. Increase in annual demand/consumption of Australian wool by, on average, 10,000kg per company with which AWI engages. Achieved. An average of 18,000kg (over 12 mills that responded) in the 2013-14 survey. The survey is being repeated during 2016 to capture 2014-15 consumption. KEY RESULTS DURING 2015/16 • Collaboration between AWI and one of China’s leading textile enterprises, The Nanshan Group, has created a new innovative range of 100 per cent Merino wool and wool blend fabrics. The new range, comprising four different fabrics known as NEULANA, was launched at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade show in October 2015. o NEULANA Elite is for elegant and luxury suits o NEULANA Protect is for machine washable and weather resistant coats and jackets o NEULANA Air is for upper or smart casual wear o NEULANA Accessori is for accessories including scarves and shawls. Nanshan has created an extra 140 tonnes of Merino wool business using this technology. • Installation of sample weaving and product development facilities at Nanshan has improved the efficiency of the product development process and created additional business for 200 tonnes of Australian Merino wool. • AWI helped iconic Australian tailored menswear brand and Woolmark licensee Anthony Squires to produce an Australian first: a 100 per cent Australian Merino wool trench coat that is wind resistant and water repellent. • Innovative developments in wool fabrics and yarns for base-, mid-, and outer-layer apparel have triggered a widespread uptake of Merino wool by major global sports and outdoorwear companies through to niche brands. Merino wool has enjoyed a strong history in base-layers, but more and more we are seeing the fibre in mid- and outer-layer clothing. • ABMT is supplying Sirofil jersey fabric to a leading European sports brand for running shirts. • Chinese company and Woolmark licensee Diyang Merino Textile Limited launched Wooloft jacket filling material at the prestigious ISPO trade show for outdoor products. Wooloft is a brand for wool fill garments – warm, light, fluffy and breathable even in the extremely wet and cold environment. • The Chicks underwear brand in Hong Kong continues to sell its 100% Merino PerformTM base layer range based on Moisture Management technology developed in conjunction with TWC. Merino PerformTM Pro is a special double-faced 100 per cent MerinoPerform fabric that quickly moves sweat to the fabric’s outer side. • A major easy care top processor in China is implementing AWI recommendations for improving yields and reducing water consumption of the continuous easy care top treatment. • As denim continues to remain one of the world’s most popular fabrics, the interest in the use of Wool Denim is on the rise. AWI has worked with development partners to produce a wool/cotton denim blend that replaces some of the traditional denim yarns with machine-washable wool. o Moufung, a denim mill established in Hong Kong, supplied 10,000m of Merino denim fabric commercially. o Collaborating with Italian weaver Berto’s high- end denimwear department Blue Selvedge and Dutch suit manufacturer The Makers, AWI presented three Wool Denim suits at the world’s leading denim show Amsterdam Denim Days, introducing traditional tailoring to a contemporary customer. • Blackberrys India launched a machine washable Merino t-shirt for their Liverpool brand. 26 REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – OFF-FARM R&D
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