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Beyond the Bale : December 2015
OFF FARM 27 For more than 200 years British textile manufacturer AW Hainsworth has being buying Australian Merino wool for production at its textile mill in Yorkshire. The company has an illustrious history – having clothed royalty and the military, and provided the fabric that covers the famous Woolsack in the British Houses of Parliament. Hainsworth, which became a Woolmark licensee last year, now produces a wide range of quality wool textiles for uses as diverse as apparel and interior fabrics, ceremonial military uniforms, snooker and pool cloth, car roof lining and piano felt. The company also produces innovative heat and flame-retardant fabrics that now protect emergency services around the world, including Australia, from the damaging effects of fire. “One of the main reasons why Hainsworth is so closely aligned with the personal protective equipment (PPE) industry is because of the Australian Merino wool that we use at our mill,” Hainsworth director Rachel Hainsworth says. “Until 1987 in the UK and slightly later in Australia, felted Merino wool cloth had been used for the manufacture of firefighters’ PPE, but while it was undoubtedly a great fibre, a downside was that it held too much moisture and consequently would become extremely heavy and wet for the wearer. “Now, thanks to advances in textile production and finishing, the many benefits of wool are making a comeback into the world of PPE, but with a modern twist. “Hainsworth is delighted to be playing its part in ensuring that Australian Merino wool has a big future in the manufacture of firefighters’ kit. An example of this is Hainsworth® ECO- DRY, an innovative range of lining fabrics incorporating the many benefits of wool to provide today’s firefighter with the highest possible standards of comfort when wearing their PPE. “The unique structure of wool offers distinct properties not mimicked by any other natural or man-made fibres – properties that offer many benefits to the wearer and that will not wash out or decline over time. Our commitment to using the finest Australian Merino wool is perhaps stronger today than it has ever been.” AWI is actively involved in the R&D and promotion of wool as a flame resistant fibre for interior textiles and apparel. For example, a new video (available at www.merino.com/ fire) produced by AWI in conjunction with the Australian Wool Testing Authority visually illustrates the effects of fire on a home furnished with wool versus non-wool items. The Campaign for Wool also plays its part in helping consumers choose wool to furnish their homes. In June last year HRH The Prince of Wales conducted a flammability test for the media in the gardens of his London home, Clarence House. Put to the test was a wool duvet, a wool carpet and wool jacket, along with their synthetic counterparts – with wool outperforming the synthetic fibres. MORE INFORMATION www.awhainsworth.co.uk www.protectsyou.co.uk www.merino.com/fire WOOL’S FLAME RESISTANCE: THE SCIENCE Of the commonly used textile fibres including cotton, rayon, polyester, acrylic and nylon, wool is widely recognised as the most flame resistant. Some of wool’s key flame resistant attributes include a very high ignition temperature of around 570-600°C, a high Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) which is the measure of the amount of oxygen needed to sustain combustion, a low heat of combustion which relates to the measure of the amount of heat energy released in the burning process, and the fact that wool does not melt or stick. Due to its naturally high nitrogen and water content, wool requires higher levels of oxygen in the surrounding environment in order to burn. In addition, wool’s highly cross-linked cell membrane structure will swell when heated to the point of combustion, forming an insulating layer that prevents the spread of flame. HAINSWORTH AND MERINO WOOL HELP PROTECT FROM FIRE The iconic scarlet cloth of the thin red line of British soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was provided by Yorkshire textile mill Hainsworth. Two centuries later, while still supplying wool fabric to the military, the company is also using wool’s flame resistant properties to help protect firefighters in Britain and all across the world to Australia. The Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer AC, on a visit facilitated by AWI to AW Hainsworth’s Yorkshire mill in August. He is pictured here with Hainsworth director Rachel Hainsworth.
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