Restor­ing value of wool in­dus­try

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The wool price might be in the dol­drums, but lo­cal pro­duc­ers and the strong-wool in­dus­try are still work­ing to­gether to main­tain stan­dards and share knowl­edge as they at­tempt to re­store the value of the nat­u­ral fi­bre.

Wright Wool in Waipuku­rau hosted a field day in CHB last week for wool classers, se­nior shed hands and pressers, in con­junc­tion with the NZ Wool Classers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Over­seen by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Bruce Ab­bott, a fine wool classer from the South Is­land, the day in­cluded a tour of Wright’s wool store and dag pro­cess­ing plant be­fore mov­ing to Waipawa’s CHB Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre for wool ex­er­cises and dis­cus­sions with in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Wright Wool manag­ing di­rec­tor Phillipa Wright said field days were ex­tremely im­por­tant for the in­dus­try as it dealt with fall­ing de­mand for strong-wool in car­pet man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Fif­teen years ago, 80 per cent of strong-wool pro­duced in New Zealand was used for car­pets, but that had now fallen to less than 40 per cent. To com­bat that, Wright said the in­dus­try was in­vest­ing in in­no­va­tive uses for wool, which was nat­u­ral, re­new­able, biodegrad­able and sus­tain­able.

“In to­day’s cli­mate, we be­lieve em­phat­i­cally that strong-wool will have its day again. There are so many rea­sons why the con­sumer should al­ways choose wool. It is sun-safe, flame re­tar­dant, non-al­ler­genic, nat­u­rally in­su­lat­ing and breath­able.

“We are in the midst of in­cred­i­ble in­no­va­tion for strong wool in ar­eas never seen be­fore — shoes, home and food in­su­la­tion, bed­ding, in­te­rior de­sign, surf boards, ten­nis balls, felt­ing, and weed mat­ting,” she said.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

The field day at­ten­dees ex­am­in­ing wool at the CHB Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre.

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