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Latest Wool Trading News - April 2017

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Whitham Mills secures seventh Scandinavian export deal

Baling system designer and manufacturer Whitham Mills, has completed its seventh installation for Norway’s largest producer of wool – Nortura.   The Norwegian multi-billion pound agricultural co-operative is owned by 18,700 farmers and is responsible for almost 80 per cent of the country’s wool production; the majority of which is sold to the UK.   Nortura has repeatedly called on Whitham Mills’ expertise since it be...

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New Chlorine Free Hydrophobic Treatment

Toabo Corporation, Sotoh Co. LTD., and Moriyasu Dye Works Co. Ltd., has jointly worked to establish a pilot plant for a new chlorine free treatment named LIFE FIBRE ECO-FRIENDLY TREATMENT (LIFE FIBRE EFT) in the heart of the Japanese wool industry. This new treatment was launched at the Woolmark stand at ISPO held in Munich in February 2017.   Three companies are vying to offer international top makers the opportunit...

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Exclusive distributor appointed for Wool Comfort and Wool Handle Meter

ITEC Innovation Ltd has been appointed to handle all global sales for Wool Comfort and Wool Handle Meter. ITEC Innovation is based in the UK and has the exclusive distribution rights for the Laserscan, Almeter and SiroFAST technologies. It specialises in supplying and installing textile measuring equipment and also offers a complete range of spares and service.   A company spokesperson said that after five years of c...

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Hungarian wool industry looks for investment

Hungarian wool is exported to many countries including Europe, Japan, India, Turkey, Egypt, and the largest volume to China. Although prices are low for Hungarian wool János Vass at Hungarowool, one of the largest exporters of Hungarian wool, believes Hungary is a good place to invest. ‘Hungary is a stable country with a good reliable labour force. We welcome business investors.’ Hungarowool was established in 1997 a...

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Together with one of China’s most well established wool processors, Australian Wool Innovation via its marketing arm, The Woolmark Company, has opened the Knitwear Development Centre (KDC) at Tongxiang in Zhejiang province, China. The KDC is an education and development hub for knitwear textile fashion trends, technological innovation, product development, and promotion. The XINAO group stated it was essential to inv...

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AWI Australian Wool Market review (31 March 2017)

Australian wool markets were dominated by large adjustments this week in the Merino sector. Unfortunately, this was all to the negative side, flowing on from the weaker conclusion to the previous week’s selling. Price levels were highly variable from the outset on all Merino wools, with large discrepancies apparent on relatively minor difference in tested specifications. By the close of selling, all Merino types were...

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New Zealand Wool Market Report (30 March 2017)

Despite the weighted currency indicator easing slightly, the North Island Wool Auction saw a softening for good to average style wools, with poor colour wools faring better.   Of the 10,183 bales on offer 80 percent sold. Restricted client activity is limiting the market presently.   Compared to 23rd March South Island auction: fine crossbred early shorn and second shear were 3 percent cheaper. Average style coarse c...

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The wool market traded slightly higher at this weeks’ auction and the Cape Wools Merino Indicator increased by 0,5% and 85 points to close at a value of R163,85 (Clean). On the Australian market, the EMI decreased 1,2%. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator increased 1,0%.   The wool market performed exceptionally well today despite the volatility on the forex market and increased by 0,5%. Good quality fine wool was high...

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UK Wool Market Report (28 March 2017)

The fifteenth sale of the 2016/17 Season was held by the British Wool Marketing Board at Wool House and offered 2,278,637 kgs. Another strong sale with well spread competition and prices increasing. The clearance was 95% of a large offering. Compared to last time sold: Fine types: 8% dearer. Medium types: Good colour firm, Discoloureds up to 14% dearer. Romney types: Up to 2% dearer. Mule types: 2.5-7.5% dearer. Chev...

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Mohair Market Report (28 March 2017)

The third sale of the 2017 summer season took place in Port Elizabeth today, with currency volatility making trading difficult. A total of 157 551 kg’s was on offer, with 91% of the offering being sold and the market indicator closing unchanged from the previous sale on R184.74 p/kg.   The market started off somewhat sluggish, but improved later during the sale, although one of the buying houses could not compete on ...

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ITMA 2019 online space application opens in May

ITMA, the world’s largest textile and garment technology showcase will continue its focus on innovation for its upcoming edition in Barcelona in June 2019, with the main theme of the show being ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’. Mr Fritz P. Mayer, president of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, which owns the ITMA exhibition, explained: “The increasingly high level of automation and ...

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Substantial growth forecast for India’s textile and clothing industry

The Indian textile and clothing industry is set to grow substantially in the coming years, according to a report in the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.   Growth will be driven by strong expansion of the domestic market as well as higher exports, aided by government incentives and support policies.   In June 2016 the Indian government announced...

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Wool ‘itch’ factor debunked as research shows can assist children with eczema

Clinical trials published in the Journal of British Dermatology looked at whether there was a link between fine merino wool and childhood eczema. Across the western world one in every 10–12 children suffer from eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis. Dermatologists have for many years recommended that parents avoid wool because it was thought to be a risk factor that would irritate the skin. John Su, adjunc...

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Wool at Outdoor Retailer and ISPO events in Salt Lake city USA

At key global trade events in the northern hemisphere, Australian wool has shown its versatility to hundreds of thousands of textile manufacturers, retailers and designers and consumers. At Outdoor Retailer and ISPO trade events in Salt Lake City, USA and Munich, Germany in recent weeks, wool has enjoyed increased attention from those looking for the latest fabrics that use a fibre produced in a natural environment f...

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The orders index for textile machinery compiled by ACIMIT, the Association Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, for the period from October to December 2016 rose by 5% compared to the same period for the previous year. The value of the index thus came in at 94.2 points (basis: 2010=100). This growth affected both the foreign markets, where the index registered an absolute value of 103.4 points (+5%) and Italy. In...

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Market for UV protective clothing grows as skin cancer rates soar

The market for UV protective clothing has been growing markedly as skin cancer rates have soared and consumers have become more aware of the dangers of excessive exposure to the sun, according to a report in the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.   Expansion in the market has also been aided by improvements in the functionality and appearanc...

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Wool Flooring Award Winners Put Quality and Design in the Spotlight

The wool flooring industry gathered last week (15th March) to receive recognition within the second Campaign for Wool International Carpet and Rug Awards.  The prestigious event was held at Stamford Bridge, (home of Chelsea FC) where many attendees were also exhibitors at Wool Floor Show London.   The Campaign for Wool, Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, established the Awards in 2016 to highlight the diversity and brea...

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