International textile consultancy CSIRO is helping to forge links between Australia and Vietnam in the international wool textile and garment market.

Funded by Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia (AFFA), a mission involving CSIRO wool technologists and experts from AFFA carried out inspections of Vietnam processing mills to determine their fitness for Australian wool processing. This follows CSIRO's recent assessment of the Vietnam wool industry's potential to play a significant role in the wool textile market.

The mission conducted trade seminars in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Topics included marketing, processing and specifications, and extended to guidance on how best to conduct business in Australia.

Movement was two way, with a delegation from the Vietnamese Textile and Garment Industry paying a visit to CSIRO to discuss the development of Vietnam's wool industry.

Gary Robinson, group manager at CSIRO said: "With the Vietnamese economy moving steadily towards a more market-oriented system, there appears to be a sustainable opportunity to improve Vietnamese uptake of Australian wool."

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