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Wool Stocktake : Annual Report 2006-07
49 Australian Wool Innovation Limited 2006/07 –AWI and Sugoi, a leading athletic apparel manufacturer, teamed up to introduce the new Wallaroo line of Merino wool active wear to retailers across North America. –A legendary destination for top international skiers, Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada, has partnered with AWI to showcase Merino wool as a top- performing base layer for skiers. –The manufacture of Heilan machine-washable and Aoyama high-twist Merino ‘cool wool’ suits swung into full production after successful trials in China and Japan. The demand for full production shows the interest in Australian Merino wool products is strengthening in key Asian markets. –Merino Tr a v el was created by AWI in partnership with the Ningbo Yo u n g o r Group – one the of the largest fabric and suit manufacturers in China – to meet the needs of China’s growing business travel market. The lightweight fabric, created to withstand the rigours of travel, is crease- resistant and has natural stretch and anti-stain qualities. –The development of Merino Retro – a world-ﬁrst textile with a special stonewash treatment technology to produce a fashionable washed-out look – was created by China’s largest worsted enterprise, the Jiangsu Sunshine Group, with AWI’s assistance. Designed to appeal to today’s trends, it provides a vintage look with the competitive edge of a modern ﬁbre. –A partnership between AWI and technology giant INVISTA has resulted in the development of a textile that is durable and soft, a textile that makes life more comfortable. The Merino Coolmax® blend has created a textile with enhanced performance attributes, fashionable qualities and a unique handle and drape that will beneﬁt an entire range of designers from active outdoor apparel, through to intimate lingerie and haute couture designs. –Klimeo, a new fabric that keeps its wearer at a similar temperature regardless of the weather, was launched at the world’s leading fabric fair, Premiere Vision, held in Paris. –A new range of wool fabrics especially created for warmer weather has resulted from collaboration between AWI and the Shandong Ruyi Group – one of the most famous textile and garment manufacturers in China. The range of fabrics in the Merino Fresco collection have excellent breathability and have been specially created for the spring and summer seasons. –AWI and Jayashree Textiles Ltd have launched an innovative range of super-lightweight Australian Merino wool and linen blended fabrics. The new Merino Linen collection was launched in India in January to designers, manufacturers and retailers. It can also be purchased in Australia. knitWeAr And Wovens Target Knitwear: To progressively increase the consumption of Australian Merino knitted apparel in existing and new markets by delivering innovative products to key brand and retail partners. The product scope of this program is apparel formed by a knit construction using ﬂatbed, V-bed, circular, and warp knitting frames. This includes but is not limited to cut and sew knitwear, socks, knitted underwear, knitted fashion, knitted sportswear and other knitted apparel. Wovens: To progressively increase the consumption of Australian Merino woven apparel in existing and new markets by delivering innovative products to key brand and retail partners. The product scope of this program is apparel formed by woven construction. Apparel categories targeted include menswear, womenswear, corporate and sportswear. Performance against target A range of Merino Care innovations was launched by AWI. Included in the range during the year were: – Aloe Vera Merino: Micro-capsulated aloe vera is applied during the ﬁnal ﬁnishing of knitted fabrics and garments. Movement opens the micro-capsules, gently releasing refreshing moisturiser over the lifetime of the garment. – Nano-tech AM: Nano-tech AM is a highly effective nanotechnology-based anti-moth treatment that can be applied to the top, the yarn or the fabric. It is odourless and has no impact on fabric feel or colour. – Nano-tech AB: Along the same lines as the AM treatment, this nanotechnology takes advantage of the anti-bacterial properties of silver and binds silver particles with Merino ﬁbres to give an anti-bacterial ﬁnish. – Easycare Merino: Applied at top stage for worsted spun garments or at garment stage to woollen spun, Easycare makes garments machine-washable and in some cases they can also be tumble dried. – Quick Dry Merino: This technology can deliver fabrics that wash ‘drier’ with improved stain resistance – making fabrics easier to maintain. A ﬂuorocarbon/nanoparticle ﬁnish is applied to knitted sweaters or fabrics, making it ideal for a whole range of garments – particularly those in the sportswear and outdoor markets. The Merino Soft range showcases Merino at its ﬁnest. Innovations in developing this suite of fabrics give a feel of two microns ﬁner than the original wool. Included in the range during the year were: – Soft Merino Lambswool: Based on a chemical treatment applied on scoured loose Merino wool, creating a perceived improvement in hand-feel of two to three microns, it catches the eye with brighter, more intense shades.
AWI Annual Report 2007-08