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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
More information Hear more from the young woolgrowers on the tour in Episode 39 of AWI's The Yarn podcast at www.wool.com/podcast Young woolgrowers from across Australia have returned from a tour of China with a new, global perspective of their industry. The self-funded trip, organised by AWI, involved 12 young woolgrowers visiting a number of China's biggest manufacturers and AWI offices in the region to gain a greater understanding of the journey Australian wool takes once exported. Close to 80 per cent of Australia’s raw wool production is exported to China for early-stage processing, equating to 271 million kilograms of the fibre. Once predominately a manufacturing hub, China in recent years has also fast become a large consumer of luxury apparel. The first manufacturer the group visited was an early stage processing operation, Red Sun. Here raw wool is scoured and carded through an automated operation. The group then visited the spinning processing plant Xinao, where the AWI/ Woolmark-Xinao Development Centre is located, encouraging innovation in knitwear. Next was a visit to circular knitting mill Mengdi and well-known fully vertically integrated fabric processing operation Nanshan. The group also visited AWI’s Shanghai office and Wool Resource Centre in Hong Kong. Encouraging the next generation of wool industry workforce participants is critical to the prosperity of the Australian wool industry. AWI aims to help improve the engagement of young people interested in the wool industry, thereby developing and retaining the skills the wool industry needs to be innovative in response to new challenges. The young woolgrowers on the tour were: QLD Felicity Brumpton, Thomas Perkins, Amy MacIntosh. NSW Jackie Chapman, William MacAlpine, Edith Gregory, Floyd Legge. VIC Alexander Lewis, Brent Flood. TAS Nicholas Weeding. WA Andrew Rintoul. CHINA’S WOOL INDUSTRY IMPRESSES YOUNG WOOLGROWERS The young woolgrowers seeing the processing and dyeing of wool top at leading Chinese textile enterprise Nanshan. Floyd Legge from Cudal in the Central West of NSW, with Kevin who was the tour mascot, and a bale of wool from his family's farm which he happened upon by chance at a mill in China during the recent study tour. The young Australian woolgrowers were warmly welcomed in China, such as at early stage processor Red Sun. Young woolgrowers from across Australia saw wool’s manufacturing process first-hand during a recent self-funded study trip organised by AWI to China and Hong Kong. 26 OFF FARM