China visit highlights potential
Just back from China, a group of WA woolgrowers found plenty of optimism, despite the trade-war- induced downturn, as they witnessed a positive mass expansion of the industry.
Scanlan Wools director Steve Noa and board chairman Peter Scanlan co-ordinated visits by 25 WA wool producers to a variety of Chinese mills — taking in the world’s largest vertical textile mill, the Sunshine Group in Jiangyin City, Jiangsu.
“The tour group was able to see greasy wool taken from its raw state through all stages of the worsted (suiting) process, including the final stage of fully stitched suits and uniforms,” Mr Noa said.
“At China’s premier knitting mill, LianHong Textiles, the group witnessed raw WA wool produced into knitted garments.”
Mr Noa said LianHong produced high-quality sweaters comprising 19.5 to 21-micron Merino wool, in which the wool tops were treated in a process known as mercerisation.
From the wool-processing hub of Zhangjiagang, the tour group then headed south to another important wool textile region, Zhejiang.
Mr Noa said the itinerary included one of China’s premier top-makers and spinning companies, New Chuwa-Xinao.
The group also toured the newly opened AWI Wool Education centre at Donghua University in Shanghai.
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