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Beyond the Bale : Dec 06 - Jan 07
AWI Director election result Mr Brian van Rooyen, Dr Chris Abell and Mr Walter Merriman were re-elected to the AWI Board of Directors at the company's Annual General Meeting in Armidale in November. Five candidates nominated for the three positions on the AWI Board, Mr Charles Olsson, Mr Brian van Rooyen, Dr Chris Abell, Mr Walter Merriman and Mr John Carstairs. Mr Brian van Rooyen received 142,733 votes in favor of his re-election to the Board, Mr Walter Merriman received 130,487 votes and 126,282 votes were cast in favor of Dr Chris Abell. Mr Charles Olsson received 106,673 votes in favor, while 69,808 votes were cast in favor of Mr John Carstairs. More information: the transcripts from the AGM are available on the AWI website at www.wool.com.au/agm Innovations showcased to growers at AWI forum AWI's 'Innovation in Action' forum, held immediately before the company's Annual General Meeting in Armidale on 14 November, gave more than 200 producers an insight into how woolgrower levies are being invested to build demand for Australian Merino wool and improve on-farm productivity. There were a number of information sessions and displays throughout the day on a range of topics including 'New Fabric Innovations', 'New Markets for Australian Merino wool' and wool harvesting options. A highlight was a 'Merino in Fashion' panel discussion with high-profile guests such as leading Australian fashion designer Jayson Brunsdon, who has dressed glamorous catwalk supermodels and other fashion icons including Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Mr Brunsdon joined other AWI partners including Polo Ralph Lauren's P'go Lau, Driza-Bone chief executive Rod Williams, Nick Poole from Purely Merino and Eddy Yeung from Ferney Spinning to discuss key strategies about how they are working with AWI to boost demand for Australian Merino wool in the global marketplace. Woolgrowers also had the unique opportunity to meet the expert panelists and ask questions directly about new markets for Australian Merino wool and touch and feel the latest product innovations destined for retail shelves. The latest research in blowfly control in sheep -- including plastic breech and tail clips -- was also on show for woolgrowers. Jules Dorrian, AWI's project manager for blowfly control, discussed and demonstrated the new breech and tail clips and latest injectors to sheep producers, who later had the opportunity to 'touch and trial' these promising initiatives for themselves. Producers also saw demonstrations of the new Upright Posture Shearing Platform designed to make shearing more efficient and safer, and Sheep Genetics Australia (SGA). 3 AWI NEWS BEYOND THE BALE (From left) Driza-Bone's chief executive Rod Williams, fashion designer and AWI partner Jayson Brunsdon and Polo Ralph Lauren's P'go Lau at the Forum. PHOTOS: DAVE RANKINE Pam Harvey Phillip Dutton "Some of these new garments are just great; you'd never guess they were made of wool. It is exciting to see some of the new developments for wool fibre in the fashion markets. I must admit I was quite impressed with what I saw regarding this." -- Pam Harvey, Armidale "The mulesing issue is a difficult one that is not easily addressed. I was happy to see that AWI is working towards alternatives that could benefit the industry and they were on show here today." -- Phillip Dutton, Salisbury Plains PHOTO: GEORGES ANTONI AWI's design partners (in bold, left to right) Akira Isogawa, Jayson Brunsdon, model Holly Caiulo, Lydia Pearson, Pamela Easton, model Xiya Xu, Peter Morrissey, model Tallulah Morton, Josh Goot and Tina Kalivas. This striking image of AWI's design partners provided the backdrop to the 'Merino in Fashion' panel discussion at AWI's 'Innovation in Fashion' forum in Armidale. Over the past 12 months, AWI has been building relationships with Australia's most recognised and successful fashion designers. This is part of a long-term strategy to build alliances with designers globally to showcase Australian Merino wool at its most innovative and creative.These people are crucial in the apparel industry chain; it is they who bring fashion trends to life through vision and talent.They influence the decisions of retailers and consumers directly and indirectly; their importance is immeasurable as influencers and trendsetters. (Below) Demonstration of an Upright Posture Shearing Platform (UPSP).
Feb 07 - Mar 07