2016 Wool Round Table

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Focusing on a different theme each year, the IWTO Wool Round Table offers IWTO Members the opportunity to take the time to dig deeper on important issues in the industry. This year's edition took place in Biella, Italy 28-29 November, attended by more than 120 participants.

Media release available here.








Monday 28 November focused on education, as part of the wool industry's vision for the future. Discussions connected the current champions of textile education, highlighting career opportunities and identifying potential skills gaps. Participants included agriculture, science, engineering, design, manufacturing and retail.

Featured speakers included:

Prof Ellen Bendt,  Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

Prof Sandra Heffernan,  School of Design, University of New Zealand 

Dr Beverley Henry,  Queensland University of Technology and Wool LCA TAG Member 

Prof Paul Kiekens, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University of Ghent  

Emily King,  Manager, Woolgrower Extension & Adoption,  Australian Wool Innovation 

Ermanno Rondi, Biella Industrial Union, Vice President delegated to Innovation and Education, Coordinator of the  Education Board  Confindustria  

Giorgio Rovero,  Associate Professor, Acting Head of Textile Engineering , Politecnico di Torino  



Tuesday 29 November brought wool growers together with retailers to explore opportunities for growth with wool textiles. Sessions addressed current challenges to both wool grower and retailer, focusing on how sustainability and best practice can translate into increased market share, as well as the latest developments in wool LCA and wool wellness science.

Featured speakers included:

Stephanus van der Heever,  a South African wool grower from Grootaar CC

Duncan Campbell, wool grower from Earnscleugh, New Zealand

David & Angie Waters, wool growers from Tarrangower Merinos, Australia

Pamela Ravasio,  Head of CSR & Sustainability, European Outdoor Group

Prisca Rolando, Product Manager, Lanieri

Lorenzo Dovesi, CEO, Benetton Group

Plus: An update on Wool LCA from the IWTO Sustainable Practices Working Group, from Working Group Chair Angus Ireland and Wool LCA TAG Member Dr Beverley Henry


View the entire programme here.

Biella is a quintessential Italian village, 80 km NW of Milan. 

The oldest woollen textile district in Europe, it is the origin of the Strada della Lana - the 'wool route' of Italy.

Read more about wool's history in Italy at www.italianways.com.