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NATO uniform to include socks from NZ merino

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Craig Smith with new wool sock brand.

Craig Smith with new wool sock brand.

Military troops have voted with their feet after signing a new deal with a US company producing merino socks from fine wool supplied by NZ South Island farmers.

Colorado based Point6 has negotiated the sock deal, expected to double its merino needs over the next few months, with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), an inter-government military alliance.

The fine wool socks made mostly from 22.5 micron wool are sold to the US, Europe, and NZ for the outdoor pursuit market such as skiing, cycling, hiking, as well as casual wear.

Wool is sourced by PGG Wrightson (PGGW) for these socks, tailored with specialist cushioning.

PGGW business development manager Craig Smith said the company would begin sourcing more wool for Point6 over the next few months to accommodate this deal.

‘The contract for NATO will see the requirements for NZ wool double if not more. It’s part of the NATO uniform so it’s amazing to have NZ wool on the NATO team’.

Smith said this was an exciting opportunity for that would benefit NZ farmers. The value and tonnage has not been disclosed.

Merino fleece sourced in the South Island before being sent to China to be scoured, combed and spun. It is manufactured in the US with testing and design work performed near Point6 headquarters in Steamboat Springs.

‘People are becoming more aware of wool and they are using the attributes of wool to produce the correct sock for the right activity because of its moisture wicking, comfort and odour-free abilities.’

source: stuff nz

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