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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
PROCESSING INNOVATION STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2016/17 $977,000 project expenditure INVESTMENT FOCUS Fashion Development of new product marketing tools for each autumn/winter retail selling season with the focus on separates, and functional finishes. Identify a group of retailers and brands best placed to understand and adopt new innovations. Novel Technologies Develop and commercialise new manufacturing processes, either machinery or chemical based, which lead to new novel products in wool and opens opportunities in new market segments for wool. Working in partnership along the supply chain, innovations will focus on a combination of wool’s natural inherent properties, and engineering the wool fibre, yarns, fabrics and garments to enhance these properties or adding new ones. Sportswear Develop new product ‘fit for purpose’ ranges aimed at Outdoor (focus on protection), Running (focus on moisture management and temperature control) and Athleisure (focus on odour and moisture management, stretch and recovery for comfort). STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Develop and commercialise 6 new processes and transfer to 15 manufacturers, yielding an average mill profit increase exceeding $20,000 by 2019. In progress. Development and commercialisation under way into new machinery- and chemical-based manufacturing processes, which aim to lead to new novel products in wool and open opportunities in new market segments for wool. 2. Develop 4 innovations and transfer to 33 manufacturers, yielding an average mill profit increase exceeding $20,000 by 2019. In progress. Working in partnership along the supply chain, innovations are focused on a combination of wool’s natural inherent properties, and engineering the wool fibre, yarns, fabrics and garments to enhance these properties and add new ones. KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 Development Centres • Knitwear manufacturing giant Xinao – one of the world’s leading worsted spinners of wool – opened an innovative Knitwear Development Centre in China in collaboration with AWI in September 2016. Located in Tongxiang, in China’s Zhejiang province, the facilities provide a development and education hub for knitwear textile fashion trends, technological innovation, product development, and promotion. Xinao and AWI have commissioned the education services of processing experts throughout the supply chain to lecture and educate students who visit the centre, ensuring wool is at the forefront of the minds of the next generation. • The Wool Development Centre (WDC), established in China in October 2013 by AWI and leading woollen textile enterprises The Nanshan Group, has this year continued to develop innovative, high-value woven fabrics produced from Australian Merino wool. An example of the fabrics produced by the WDC is the Optim fabric that has been used in apparel commercially launched this year – see Sportwear section on page 16. Process innovation • Trials with ECO water proof treatments for fabric and footwear is under way and results are promising. • Non-chlorination treatments for washable wool are under way. The launch of the new Xinao Knitwear Development Centre – which provides a place for research, development and education. • Trials for eflow dyeing and ozone treatment for shrink proof wool are under way: o Ozone treatment of wool to control wool shrinkage and allow for machine washable wool product to be produced in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way o Dyeing of washable wool with eflow which will be translated into enormous savings in water and energy. • Trials for double face print technologies are under way. REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – PROCESSING INNOVATION & EDUCATION EXTENSION 41
AWI Annual Report 2015-16