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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
One of China’s leading wool textile enterprises, The Nanshan Group, has presented its inaugural Nanshan Wool Supremacy Trophy, awarded for wool with the best processing ability. The inaugural Nanshan Wool Supremacy Trophy award winners were announced at the end of August, with Max and Chris Price from ‘Glenwood’ at Cavendish in the Western District of Victoria, and Max and Coral Caldwell from ‘Barkers Lake’ at Bungarby on the Monaro of NSW, jointly taking out the top honour for the overall quality of their wool. The Nanshan Wool Supremacy Trophy is a new award for the processing ability of wool purchased by Nanshan. In conjunction with AWI, Nanshan has developed a points-based system allocated for qualities that can affect the overall final product. “The fleeces were judged against criteria that included position of break, greasy staple length, staple strength, vegetable matter, coefficient of variation of hauteur, coefficient of variation of fibre diameter and the dry combing yield,” outlined Nanshan’s Kevin Xing. “The winners may not have the finest wool in terms of micron, but their wool is judged as best value for Nanshan producing the best possible fabric. As such, we decided that micron would play little part of the marking criteria. “Both winners grow 19 to 20.5 micron, which is very pleasing to us as quite often the established Australian industry awards are almost exclusively the domain of superfine and ultrafine growers. “That is not to say that those categories are not able to successfully compete, as Nanshan also buys wool as fine as 14.5 micron as part of their new ultrafine program under co-development with AWI R&D assistance.” This year there were 987 farms from across Australia eligible for the Wool Supremacy Trophy. It is the intention of Nanshan that it will become a highly sought-after annual award for all woolgrowers who supply Nanshan. The inaugural award was this year held in conjunction with the second annual wool forum hosted by Nanshan. The event showcases Nanshan’s ongoing support and appreciation for Australian woolgrowers and highlights the strong relationship there is between Nanshan and the Australian wool industry and AWI. As well as the prestige of winning the award, both winners received two business class return tickets to China courtesy of Virgin Australia, an airline of which Nanshan is a 20% shareholder. During their China visit, the winners’ representatives will tour the fully vertical weaving mill and other assets as guests of Nanshan. NANSHAN WOOL SUPREMACY TROPHY Woolgrowers Chris and Max Price from Victoria and Coral and Max Caldwell from NSW receive their trophies from Nanshan Chairman Jeremy Song (far right) and AWI CEO Stuart McCullough (behind). Two stills from the film shown at the gala event featuring supermodel Xiao Wen Ju wearing the Merino wool garments from the six Chinese designers. (Left) AWI CEO Stuart McCullough at the opening of the New World Wool gala event, with supermodel Xiao Wen Ju and Editor in Chief of Vogue China, Angelica Cheung. (Below left) Fashion designer Lu Yan of Comme Moi at the gala event with Australian Ambassador to China, Jan Adams. (Below) AWI’s Country manager for China, Jeff Ma at the exhibition with the President of China’s National Textile and Garment Council, Sun Ruizhe. Yang Li OFF FARM 25
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