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#077: Wolf Edmayr about the current situation of the South African wool industry

Wolf Edmayr Managing Director BKB on the Wool Academy Podcast

Wolf Edmayr is the Managing Director of South African based company BKB. BKB is the largest wool handler of the South African wool clip and service provider to South African wool and mohair growers. In this episode, Wolf Edmayr talks about the history and future of the BKB business and shares his perspectives on the potential of the South African wool clip as well as the agricultural industry.

About Wolf Edmayr

Wolf Edmayr was born on 22 July 1956 in Delareyville. He matriculated at Grey College in Bloemfontein after which he obtained a B.Com Hon. degree at the Rand Afrikaans University. Afterward, he qualified as Chartered Accountant. He worked for the firm Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg and later became an audit partner.

Before joining BKB Ltd he also held the following positions:

1992 – Managing Director of Wooltextile Manufacturers (Pty) Ltd
1996 – Managing Director of Sweet-Orr and Lybro (Pty) Ltd
2001 – Managing Director of the HT Group (Pty) Ltd

Wolf joined BKB Ltd in 2004 as Managing Director. He is a shareholder of BKB Ltd and part-time Free State farmer and is married to Birgit. They have three children.

Connect with Wolf Edmayr here

BKB website

BKB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Listen to another episode about BKB: #053: Isak Staats about how to efficiently handle 32 million kg of wool per year

Key Time Stamps

[01:04] About BKB

[02:07] About Wolf Edmayr

[06:41] About the BKB business

[12:05] The need for wool companies to diversify

[13:36] The history of BKB

[14:15] The future of BKB

[16:11] About the South African wool industry today

[18:20] The issues of the South African wool industry

[21:23] Market opportunities for South African wool

[23:31] Development of the South African agricultural industry

[26:26] How will South African government influence agriculture in the future?

[28:33] What role can South Africa play in the agricultural industry?

[29:45] Wolf’s most favorite memory of working in the wool industry?

[31:03] Wolf’s advice to younger generations working at BKB and in wool

[32:10] How to connect to with BKB

 

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About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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