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Sheep CRC Wool Mini-Conference - Melbourne (VIC) - 5 September from 2.30 - 5.30pm

Thursday the 5th of September

The cost to attend the conference is $25.00. To register to attend please contact Melissa Mulley at AWIS on 03 9311 0103 or via email to melissa.mulley@woolindustries.org.

New Measurement Systems for Lightweight Next-to-Skin Knitwear

The Sheep CRC is holding a special event in Melbourne in conjunction with AWIS Wool Week, at which the CRC will be presenting an update on the new Wool ComfortMeter and HandleMeter.

The Sheep CRC, with AWTA, is conducting a commercial Pilot Trial to introduce these ground-breaking measurement systems to knitters, spinners and retailers as a preparatory step for full commercialisation.  The Pilot Trial has confirmed there is significant interest in being able to objectively measure for comfort and hand feel to underpin quality and the wearer’s positive experience. 

We have been successful in attracting heavyweight Pilot Trial partners, including retailers, brands and manufacturers from Australia and overseas.

At the Wool Week event, you will be able to hear first-hand from an international knitter and an iconic global retailer. They will provide their perspectives on how the Wool ComfortMeter and HandleMeter are likely to help their businesses, and thereby build demand for Merino wool, especially the finer microns that are used in lightweight, next-to-skin wool knitwear.  You will also be able to see the two instruments in action.

Wool Conference Program

Speaker                                          Topic
John Lewis Introduction to CRC's wool measurement systems
Les Targ Industry engagement and Pilot Project update - US, Europe and China
Natalie Skubel Potential value of new measurement systems for Country Road
George Shen Potential value for Mengdi lightweight knitwear
David Tester Introduction to new wool measurement systems


Afternoon tea & demonstration of HandleMeter & ComfortMeter - 3.40pm - 4.25pm

David Tester Testing in production and retail systems & white wool strategy
James Rowe CRC overview and progress with genetics and genomics
John Keniry Closing remarks