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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
One of the world’s leading worsted spinners of wool, Xinao, has opened a Knitwear Development Centre in collaboration with AWI. Located in Tongxiang, in China’s Zhejiang province, the facilities provide an education and development hub for knitwear textile fashion trends, technological innovation, product development, and promotion. Xinao and AWI have commissioned the education services of processing experts throughout the supply chain to lecture and educate students who visit the centre, ensuring wool is at the forefront of the minds of the next generation. The new centre comprises three main spaces: • research and development unit – housing laboratories and small scale processing machinery to conduct experimental trials • training and education department – containing a 100-seat lecture theatre devoted to training future textile technologists, designers and engineers • fully equipped textile testing laboratories –supporting the research and development unit, providing hands- on training for students, as well as maintaining the high degree of quality for which Xinao has become renowned. “We believe that the way forward for the next decade lies with innovation,” explained Xinao CEO Zhou Xiaotian during the centre’s official opening. “Innovation is needed to develop new processes and products to meet the demands and requirements of tomorrow’s global consumer. So this is why we made the decision to invest in research STRENGTHENS CHINA’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR and development coupled with training and education to ensure that the success of Xinao will continue.” According to AWI Eastern Hemisphere General Manager John Roberts, investment such as this from AWI has extensive long-term benefits for Australian wool. “The Knitwear Development Centre in Xinao provides a platform to develop new and innovative ways to use wool and develop innovations that continue to meet the ever-changing needs of the consumer,” he said. “Whilst we have previously invested in other development centres like the one in Nanshan, Xinao’s is specifically focussed on knitwear, which is identified as a key growth area for wool. “AWI’s three-year strategic plan has a key focus on sports and outdoor apparel, which is predominantly made up of knitted products for next-to-skin and base-layer garments. To create heightened growth in this sector we must change people’s perceptions of wool and what it can do. “Facilities such as the Xinao Knitwear Development Centre allow AWI to work with major commercial textile entities like Xinao to develop and commercialise products in a ‘real time’ processing environment and a ‘real time’ commercial environment. Effectively, the centre is a mini mill which adheres to all the global commercial processing standards and allows our internal technical team to run trial batches from raw wool to finished garments that are ultimately tested and assessed for commercial viability. This allows AWI to be nimble and innovative and keeps wool at the forefront of innovation.” Knitwear manufacturing giant Xinao has opened an innovative Knitwear Development Centre in China in collaboration with AWI to meet the demands of tomorrow’s global consumer. KNITWEAR DEVELOPMENT CENTRE Shushu/Tong used Cool Wool fabrics from Tessilbiella and Jiangsu Sunshine Group to blend classical Chinese aesthetics and London street culture to create “a traveller’s secret weapon”, keeping wearers comfortable whilst looking stylish. Ban Xiao Xue chose Idole Trading Co fabric to then combine different kinds of embroidery with brightly coloured geometric patterns to create a carefree mix of modern and traditional elements. The new Xinao Knitwear Development Centre provides a place for research, development and education. OFF FARM 17
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