China visit provides insights for woolgrowers

Zach RelphCountryman
The touring party at a wool and cashmere knitting factory in China.
Camera IconThe touring party at a wool and cashmere knitting factory in China.

A Perth wool merchant and a group of woolgrowers are visiting China to gain insight into the country’s wool processing industry.

Peter Scanlan, founder of Peter Scanlan Wools, and director Steve Noa landed in Shanghai on Sunday with 25 woolgrowers from across WA for an 18-day tour of China.

The party toured wool trader Chargeurs Luxury Materials’ facility in Zhangjiagang on Monday to see its high-class production process renowned for delivering soft and resilient wool fibres.

CLM runs combing mills to ensure the highest wool grades are passed twice through a series of finer and finer combs.

The process eliminates fibres less than 45mm, referred to as noils, and lengthens longer fibres to produce “tops or slivers”.

On Tuesday, the group visited Tianyu Wool Industry’s operation in Zhangjiagang to view its wool scouring and wool topping enterprise.

TWI, which boasts an annual wool-scouring output of 80,000 tonnes and is known for its premier production equipment and high-tech products.

The group also toured Jiangsu Lianhong Textiles in Zhangjiagang yesterday and was scheduled to travel to Tongxiang today.

The woolgrowers will arrive back in Perth on June 20.

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