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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Increasing global processing capacity AWI has been working to develop a sustainable supply chain for Australian wool in Vietnam. After visits and meeting with potential partners, the key message to emerge is that "the time is right for wool" in Vietnam. Vietnam offers an alternative to Australia relying so heavily upon China as the major buyer of its greasy wool. Vietnam meets a host of essential criteria, including: its low sovereign risk; it has a large, well- established textile manufacturing industry and infrastructure; a large, skilled workforce; it is already a large and growing exporter of textile products; it has large trade access including a Free Trade Agreement with the USA; and an abundant supply of water. AWI staff have undertaken several visits to Vietnam during the year to identify potential partners for the project. The AWI Chairman together with AWI board member David Webster visited Vietnam in June to meet industry partners, Government and trade organisations and to assess the project s progress over the past year. There has been agreement with 14 companies comprising sweaters and accessories makers, and circular knit garment and suit manufacturers, to collaborate on training and product development trials. One of AWI s manufacturing partners has already received its first ever commercial order, for 100 per cent wool underwear, from a Japanese buyer. AWI is liaising with manufacturers in growth processing markets, such as the countries of the former USSR including Russia, the Ukraine, and especially Belarus. Belarus has a low cost textile manufacturing industry with qualified and disciplined personnel, close to the lucrative European (including Russian) retail markets. Many contacts are already established between manufacturers from former USSR countries and Australian wool exporters, and suppliers of part-manufactured products from China, Turkey and Italy. Three Russian manufacturers have agreed to become Woolmark licensees. One company is a leading producer of men s suiting fabrics, another is a manufacturer and retailer of bedding products i.e. blankets, quilts and mattress overlays, and the third is the manufacturer of plaid blankets. This is the first time that Russian companies will have become paid-up licensees. Planning was undertaken for a visit to Australia in the second half of 2013 by a delegation from Belarus to meet with wool exporting companies. Russia s leading manufacturer and brand of hand knitting yarns will embark on the development of a new range of yarns in 13 colours made from 100 per cent Australian wool. The yarns will also be machine washable. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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