2017 Wool Round Table

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The annual Wool Round Table concluded 8 December in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Event Summary available here.

Open to all IWTO members, the Wool Round Table is an excellent opportunity to participate in the industry and to network with other professionals from all parts of the supply chain.

The event took place this year on 7 & 8 December, with working group meetings on 6 December.


On the programme (click on the image to view the full programme): Footprinting  Textiles – Pressure Points in Wool Sustainability – Land to Market with the Savory Foundation – Holistic Farming with the Olive Leaf Foundation – Wool Declarations

Venue: The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth.



Wednesday, 6 December: Pre-Event Meetings. Working Group meetings are open to all IWTO members.

Thursday, 7 December: 

Opening Session  with Peter Ackroyd, IWTO President and Anthony Kirsten, Chairman of IWTO South African Committee

Wool Sustainability with Dr Beverley Henry, Queensland University of Technology; Angus Ireland, Australian Wool Innovation; and Geoff Kingwill, Cape Wools SA

Retail Solutions with Chris Kerston, Savory Institute, Rolf Pretorius, Olive Leaf Foundation, and Feroz Koor, Woolworths SA

Friday, 8 December:

Wool Sheep Welfare with Mark Grave, AWEX and Louis de Beer, Cape Wools SA

Wool Innovation with Cobus Oosthuizen, LifeXchange

Saturday, 9 December: Merino Sheep Farm Visit (optional extra)

Conference Venue

All conference sessions and pre-event meetings will take place at The Beach Hotel in Port Elizabeth, South Africa:

The Beach Hotel
Marine Drive, Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth, 6000
Eastern Cape
South Africa



Registration includes the following:

  • Access to Wool Round Table Sessions
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Thursday Evening: BKB Wool Store Tour & Traditional South African Barbecue
  • Early morning Wool Sports on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Event Kit
  • Access to presentations after the event via the IWTO members’ section of the website

The registration fee is € 275 per participant.

A ticket for the visit to the Merino sheep farm (optional) is € 45 per participant.


Thank you to our Wool Round Table Sponsors
























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