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Drought set to weigh on Australian wool production Beth Wright | 27 Aug 19

The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has warned that continuing drought conditions across large parts of Australia are expected to cause a 12.7% drop in shorn wool production for 2018/19.


Australian wool digital portal prepares for launch Michelle Russell | 9 Jun 17

The Australian Wool Innovation (AWE) is preparing to launch its digital wool exchange platform within 16 months, a move expected to benefit the industry to the tune of $38m.


IWTO releases LCA guidelines for wool Michelle Russell | 2 Mar 17

The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) has released a set of guidelines designed specifically for conducting life cycle assessments on wool products to help businesses better understand environmental impacts across the wool supply chain.


Campaign for Wool sets out commitment to sheep welfare Leonie Barrie | 13 Oct 16

Wool growers, processors, designers and retailers in the UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are being urged to sign a new commitment to high environmental and animal welfare standards.


What does the future hold for world wool supply? Mandy Kovacs | 16 Sep 16

Wool may be a small market compared to other fibres such as cotton or synthetics, accounting for around 3-5% of worldwide fibre consumption, but its use could open market opportunities for brands.


Fibres and fabrics: Multi-functional wool for outdoor wear Kitty So | 7 Oct 15

Apparel and textile companies worldwide are increasingly demanding lightweight wool for outdoor wear that can perform a variety of functions.


Woolmark and Eve Group collaborate in China Michelle Russell | 2 Dec 14

The Woolmark Company and China's Eve Group have signed a marketing collaboration agreement as the demand for Australian merino wool in China continues to increase.


UK: PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe Katie Smith | 14 Jul 14

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.


AUSTRALIA: Sees resurgence of the wool industry in Russia Katie Smith | 6 Dec 13

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (AWI) has welcomed what it describes as a "resurgence of the wool industry in Russia", after several country representatives expressed a keen interest to source Australian wool again.


Luxury brands in China focus on quality credentials Petah Marian | 9 Sep 13

The Chinese economic landscape has lost some of its lustre in recent months, as consumer confidence wanes on worries about household finances, employment and prices. At the same time, the country's luxury consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated - which means brands such as Gieves & Hawkes are having to justify their prices with a strong story about their provenance. Petah Marian reports.


UK: Woollen mills tap into increasing demand Katie Smith | 12 Feb 13

Woollen mills in the UK are expanding as a result of growing demand across Europe and Asia, according to The Woolmark Company.


Luxury fibres and fabrics: Web-based tools and trade fairs Lee Adendorff | 1 Nov 12

While trade fairs remain the primary channel for finding suppliers for any kind of fabric, the sourcing of luxury fabrics and fibres has seen a small revolution over the last decade - thanks in large part to the development of web-based technologies that have integrated face-to-face contact with online services.


AUSTRALIA: Wool Comfort Meter nears "commercial reality” Richard Woodard | 9 Aug 12

The Wool Comfort Meter, a machine claimed to accurately predict the comfort levels of garments, is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality, according to developer the Co-operative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).


INDIA: Woolmark Company reinforces quality control Leonie Barrie | 17 Oct 11

The Woolmark Company is to begin checking Woolmark-certified items made and sold in India as part of a new quality control programme launched in the country.


AUSTRALIA: Merino wool sets sights on China Leonie Barrie | 5 Oct 11

Trade group Australian Wool Innovation hopes to grow Merino wool's share of the luxury market in China with a new campaign targeting the rapidly expanding women's wear segment.


Textile and clothing firms investing in Ethiopia just-style.com | 21 Apr 11

The progressive policies and investment incentives offered by the Ethiopian government are going some way to encourage global textile giants to relocate their businesses to the country. Some of the projects that have materialised involve Ayka, Saygin and Nepsa from Turkey, Spintex from India and a business agreement with two US firms, writes Professor Raosaheb Chavan.


AUSTRALIA: Wool production forecast raised in Australia just-style.com | 4 Apr 11

The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has lifted its forecast for shorn wool production in 2010/11 to 340m kg, up from its forecast of 335m kg in December 2010.


AUSTRALIA: AWI names Guthrie as global business manager just-style.com | 8 Dec 10

Trade group Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has named Sam Guthrie as its new general manager of global business development, a new position where he will responsible for building strategic alliances with key accounts around the world and driving business development opportunities.


AUSTRALIA: Campaign to boost wool sales in China just-style.com | 28 Sep 10

The Australian wool industry is stepping up efforts to grow its business in China, most recently hosting a visit from Chinese retailers, brands, designers as it prepares to launch the largest wool promotion ever undertaken in the country.


INDIA: Intertek authorised to carry out Woolmark testing just-style.com | 7 Sep 10

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has authorised Intertek's Gurgaon textile and footwear lab to test apparel products under its "Woolmark" brand.


AUSTRALIA: Merino yarns engineered for boiled wool look just-style.com | 6 Aug 10

New knitwear yarns that give garments the look and feel of boiled wool yet are fully machine washable have attracted a “boiling hot” reception from buyers and merchandisers according to their inventor.


AUSTRALIA: AWI appoints Stuart McCullough as CEO just-style.com | 24 May 10

The board of trade group Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has appointed Stuart McCullough as its chief executive officer.


AUSTRALIA: US retail group urges progress on mulesing just-style.com | 4 May 10

The Australian wool industry “needs to move forward with developing alternatives to mulesing [of sheep],” according to one of the top executives at the trade body representing some of the world's largest apparel retailers.


AUSTRALIA: Wool industry meets with US retail group just-style.com | 21 Apr 10

The trade body representing some of the world's largest apparel retailers is heading to Australia this week to discuss progress in ending the practice of mulesing of sheep.


AUSTRALIA: Animal rights group urges new mulesing deadline just-style.com | 19 Apr 10

Animal rights group PETA is putting pressure on the Australian government to set a new deadline to end the practice of mulesing of sheep within the next two years.


AUSTRALIA: AWI appoints McCullough as acting CEO just-style.com | 9 Mar 10

Stuart McCullough has been appointed as the acting CEO of Australian Wool Innovation as the organisation looks for a long-term replacement for Brenda McGahan.


AUSTRALIA: AWI chief Brenda McGahan to resign Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 10

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chief executive officer Brenda McGahan has informed the AWI Board she intends to resign from her CEO position.


AUSTRALIA: Group formed to promote ‘eco-friendly’ wool just-style.com | 9 Nov 09

A group of Australian and international wool industry representatives have teamed up to promote the ways in which the fibre can help to reduce global warming.


US: PETA buys Talbots stock in anti-mulesing move just-style.com | 25 Aug 09

Animal welfare pressure group PETA has bought shares in apparel retailer The Talbots as part of its campaign against the mulesing of sheep in Australia.


UK: Next joins anti-mulesing retail lobby – reports just-style.com | 4 Aug 09

Fashion retailer Next has become the latest company to join a boycott of wool sourced from sheep in Australia which have undergone the controversial practice of mulesing, according to reports.

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