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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
Product innovation Developments continue for menswear and womenwear but there has been a stronger focus on developments for the sports and outdoor markets for performance fabrics, garments and footwear. Yarn • Yarns with more durability and better abrasion for footwear developments • Wrapped and blended yarns for strength in seamless, flat-knits and warp-knit developments • Colour injection in slubs • Spray dyeing Circular Knits • Further developments of extreme lightweight knits for cycling jerseys, sports underwear etc. Seamless, warp-knit seamless and flat-knit • An extremely important area for product development is the sports/outdoor market with leading international brands continuing to expand or introducing wool products into sports categories such as running, yoga, cycling as well as continuing developments for hiking, ski etc. With the advancements in technical know-how and machinery (Stoll and Shima Seiki for example), seamless and flat-knitting technologies are being employed to manufacture not only base-layer garments but an extensive range of mid- and outer- layer garments. Warp-knits • Initial developments are under way for sports/outdoor markets with a specific focus on compression wear. Woven • With the growing appreciation for the Optim fabric, AWI continues to research and develop water and wind resistant fabrics both for fashion and sports/outdoor markets. Footwear • AWI continues to research and develop footwear not only for the fashion market but specifically for the sports and outdoor market where wool is beginning to be understood and appreciated by leading international brands as a performance fibre. Wool in footwear is perfect for comfort, warmth, breathability, odour management etc. New machinery technologies are being used for these developments. Novel products Research is under way for: • Smart textiles: textiles with the capability to react to different kinds of physical stimuli, for example temperature, pressure etc. • Interactive textiles: wearable technologies which are sewn into clothing and operated or controlled by an integrated control panel or operation button. • 3-D printing. EDUCATION EXTENSION STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2016/17 $4,033,000 project expenditure STUDENT EDUCATION INVESTMENT FOCUS Primary/Secondary AWI will continue to develop and make available educational resources such as “Learn About Wool” and “Sam the Lamb” for primary and secondary students. Support will be provided to teachers, including online lesson plans, videos and other materials in line with national curriculums. Tertiary Seminars for tertiary students will be held globally to educate and inspire future generations. AWI will continue to develop a series of education modules covering the entire supply chain, and make available face to face or online. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Directly engage participants at an average cost per effective participant of $10. In progress. AWI continues to engage across all levels of student education: primary, secondary and tertiary. 42 REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – PROCESSING INNOVATION & EDUCATION EXTENSION
AWI Annual Report 2015-16