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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
• AWI supported leading textile student design prizes to educate early career textile designers about the benefits of working with Merino wool. Examples this year included: o the UK’s Texprint design award and the Bradford Textile Society design award o in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong PolyU Institute of Textiles and Clothing’s graduation award o in Italy, the ‘Textile Project’ with Max Mara and the Istituto Marangoni, and the Mittelmoda Fashion Award in Milan o in Japan, the Next Generation Award at the Bunka Fashion Graduate University o and locally, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) innovation of laser cutting. • In India, AWI introduced the Wool Runway design competition for tertiary students that gave them a chance to design an outfit, containing at least 80% Merino wool, for a premium fashion brand. There were three participating universities in this pilot year, with 450 students attending a Wool Appreciation class held as part of the initiative. 18 students were selected for the final runway event that was hosted by Indian celebrities and gained widespread media coverage in India. Wool Runway aimed to not only raise awareness, but also educate the next generation of wool consumers and inspire emerging fashion designers to work with Merino wool. The Wool Runway will be held again this year. • AWI, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia and the Master in Creative Knitwear Design of the Accademia Costume & Moda collaborated to present a special project, showcased during the Pitti Filati trade show in June 2017. The Master in Creative Knitwear Design aims to inspire young fashion designers and enhance their understanding of the innate qualities of Merino wool, taking inspiration from The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2018/19. • AWI helps support wool supply chain study tours of Australia for students. Examples in 2016/17 included the winners of the AWI-supported Hong Kong PolyU Institute of Textiles and Clothing’s graduation awards in August 2016; five ‘Biella Masters’ postgraduate students (Italy) in September 2016; and the winner of the Bunka Fashion Graduate University award (Japan) in April 2017. • The International Wool Education Centre (I-WEC), opened in China in October 2014 to complement the Wool Development Centre (see page 41), this year continued to educate university students on most aspects of wool manufacturing. Examples of educational initiatives under way in 2016/17 included a series of lectures on worsted topmaking and spinning delivered to 25 third year textile engineering students as well as technicians from the local topmaking plant. • A series of education modules including wool science physics, chemistry and wool structure; top making and worsted spinning; wool dyeing; wool fabric finishing was delivered to: o 37 textile engineering students at Xian Polytechnic University, China in November 2016 o 31 textile engineering students at Wuhan University, China in May 2017 o 15 textile engineering students at Zheijiang Sci- Tech University, China in June 2017. TRADE EXTENSION INVESTMENT FOCUS Trade Events AWI will continue to exhibit at the most influential trade shows that will support investment across our Off–Farm and Marketing areas. Technology Transfer A key element of our investment in this area will be the activation of the Hong Kong Resource Centre and engagement with trade to support and connect participants of the wool industry throughout the supply chain. The Wool Lab AWI will continue to develop and make available to industry The Wool Lab (TWL). STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Operating under a fixed budget AWI will seek to generate leads at a cost (project and staff) of $1 per lead. In progress. AWI continues to review and monitor AWI’s trade stand positioning and design. 2. For our technology transfer investment, we will seek to work with 45 new manufacturers by 2019, with the average profit increase per manufacturer exceeding $20,000 annually. In progress. AWI continues to work closely with industry to seek opportunities for technical transfer of innovations with relevant mills. The ultimate aim is the adoption and commercialisation of these innovations. 44 REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – PROCESSING INNOVATION & EDUCATION EXTENSION
AWI Annual Report 2015-16