Jimmy Jackson International Wool Consulting Group at the Wool Academy Podcast

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Jimmy Jackson is a living legend in the wool industry. With a wool career of over 48 years in wool chemical processing, Jimmy Jackson combines knowledge and experience many companies seek out to have access to.

In this Podcast Episode, Jimmy shares some of his knowledge on making wool machine washable and mercerizing wool. In addition, Jimmy talks about wool manufacturing in Asia, in particular, China and helps clarify some of the still existing prejudices around. Last but not least, Jimmy talks about the current trends and challenges the wool knitting industry is dealing with today.

About Jimmy Jackson

Jimmy Jackson was born in Bradford, in West Yorkshire in the north of England. At that time Bradford was known as the “Wool City” as 50% of all the worlds wool supply was traded and manufactured in and around that city. Therefore growing up in such an environment it was almost inevitable that Jimmy would pursue a career in the wool industry.

In 1970 Jimmy joined the Woolmark Company (Then known as the International Wool Secretariat) as a laboratory technician in their International Research, Development and design centre which was located close by.

Jimmy worked a recent technology at that time on making wool machine washable and was part of a team who took the idea and made it into a commercial scale manufacturing process.

After this Jimmy was responsible for transferring the technology around the world designing and commissioning plants. This took him to the four corners of the world, Japan, Korea, Australia, South Africa, South and North America as well as throughout Western Europe and Eastern Europe including Russia.

Jimmy was also the co-inventor of the Mercerised process for wool, known as Mercerized Merino which is firmly established today.

In 1981 Jimmy made his first trip to China, and has been a frequent visitor ever since, and continues to visit their multiple times each year.

In 2005 Jimmy left the UK to be based in AWI’s HQ in Sydney where he took up the position of General Manager for Product Development & Commercialization.

In 2016 Jimmy Left AWI, and started his own part-time business (International Wool Consulting Group), where today he works with some of the leading and world’s largest Chinese wool manufacturers.

Jimmy was educated at the University of Huddersfield in England, where he gained an honours degree in Textile Technology, and he was awarded a Fellow of the International Textile Institute.

Connect with Jimmy Jackson here

Jimmy Jackson on LinkedIn

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Wolf Edmayr Managing Director BKB on the Wool Academy Podcast

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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


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Stephen Wiedemann Guest on Wool Academy Podcast

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Stephen Wiedemann is a leading expert on Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for livestock systems. In this podcast interview, he shares the latest research results on the LCA for wool. He gives details on research conducted on different areas of the wool supply chain including the manufacturing stage and consumer use stage. Stephen also talks about the importance of the wool industry engaging with retailers and brands to explain why the Life Cycle of wool is different and how brands need to take this into account when calculating their product footprints.

About Stephen Wiedemann

Steve is an agricultural systems scientist and principal at Integrity Ag Services. Steve’s professional experience is focussed on livestock production and supply chains, resource management, sustainability and environmental regulation. With over 30 peer-reviewed publications and 17 focussed on life cycle assessment, Steve is a science leader in the fields of greenhouse gas, water assessment, energy, nutrient and land management in livestock systems. Steve is an advisor to the Australian Government Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Emission Reduction Fund teams. Steve is also a technical advisory member of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) partnership, a global initiative coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Steve has been working on sheep and wool related life cycle assessment projects over the past 10 years and has six major LCA publications in this area.
Steve comes from a family farming background with sheep and wool, cattle and cropping in northern NSW, where he now owns manages a small farming operation.

Connect with Stephen Wiedemann here

Website of IntegrityAg

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Ingun Klepp Wool Academy Podcast

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Ingun Klepp is a research professor at Consumer Research Norway, an institute at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Ingun is specialised in consumer research on sustainable textile, clothing, laundry and leisure consumption.

In this episode, Ingun talks about the different findings she uncovered when studying wool in relation to consumer behaviour. In particular, Ingun studied the use of wool in beds. Ingun started with the intention to understand why we use cotton as linen instead of wool. At the end of her study, she discovered how consumers use wool in their beds in many unconventional ways.

Another research project Ingun shares during the interview is a study on the smell of sports clothing which made wool outperform synthetics.

Ingun is also a thought leader on environmental issues related to textiles. In particular, she criticises the focus on waste and recycling. Instead, she encourages us to think about creating better, longer lasting apparel that is of value to the consumer.

All of Ingun’s research findings help us develop new business ideas for wool products that are of value to the consumer and the planet.

About Ingun Klepp

Ingun Klepp works with research on sustainable textile, clothing, laundry and leisure consumption and has written numerous articles and books on these themes. The relationship between textiles, social and physical characteristics and how these are woven together is at the core of her interest and she loves popular dissemination and new methods.

Connect with Ingun Klepp here

Consumer Research Norway website

Ingun’s wool research papers

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Peter Ackroyd Wool Academy

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Peter Ackroyd is the COO of the Campaign for Wool and the President of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO). Peter shares insights about the start of the Campaign for Wool together with HRH The Prince of Wales and the latest campaign’s event. He also talks about provenance and wool’s environmental credentials providing value to retailers, brands and the consumer.

About Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is the Global Strategic Advisor for The Woolmark Company in Sydney, Australia and the Chief Operating Officer of the Campaign for Wool. In May 2011 he was elected President of the International Wool Textile Organisation and re-elected in April 2016. Specialising in world markets for woollen and worsted yarns and fabrics, Peter has particular expertise in marketing in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Korea and China, along with in-depth knowledge of the menswear supply chain ‘from farm to fashion’. He also serves as Vice President of the Strategy Board of Première Vision Paris.

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Tove Grane We Norwegians Wool Academy Podcast

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Tove Grane is the founder and designer of the Norwegian wool label called We Norwegians. In this episode, Tove shares her story of how she started We Norwegians. Tove explains how wool has always been an important part of Norwegian heritage and how this is reflected in her collection.


About Tove Grane

Tove Grane was born and raised in the fjords and mountains of western Norway (Sogn og fjordane). Tove got her design education at ESMOD Oslo, and has been working in Oslo since the late 90’s for various brands. She moved to Voss in 2010 to work with a ski brand, where she got into merino wool, and decided to make her own brand after the ski brand Tove worked for was closed down in 2013.
Tove is married with a textile man, and he works together with Tove at We Norwegians. Tove has a daughter, who will be 14 this Summer, and a stepdaughter who is 19 and a stepson who is 24.

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Matthias Boehme is a guest on the Wool Academy Podcast

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Matthias Boehme is a textile consultant and expert on a wide range of topics relevant to the wool industry. In in this episode, Matthias gives an outlook on the key markets for wool applications. These include the sports, outdoor and interior markets.

Matthias also talks about the increased interest in traceability and sustainability schemes and shares what manufacturers and retailers need to consider.

With his wide expertise, Matthias covers a broad range of topics relevant to the wool industry.


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Chris Kerston Savory Institute Wool Academy Podcast

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Chris Kerston is the Market Engagement and Public Outreach at the Savory Institute. In this episode, Chris introduces us to Allan Savory and the work of the Savory Institute. Chris explains how desertification happens and what role sheep and wool play to reverse desertification. You also get to learn details about the Land to Market certification scheme Chris and his team are working on to build a regenerative supply chain.

About Christ Kerston

Chris Kerston has dedicated his life to helping connect innovative ranchers and farmers with progressive brands in ways that create true synergistic value for both sides. Chris managed ranches and farms full time for nearly 15 years before joining the Savory Institute. In that time, he developed thriving and profitable markets for a number of different niche products. He has a longstanding passion for regenerative agricultural and a strong desire to contribute to better systems that meet the consumer’s wants and needs. Chris also utilizes innovative media production in concert with traditional marketing techniques to help ranchers share their stories and build long-lasting relationships with partners based upon common goals.

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Mark Grave AWEX Guest at the Wool Academy Podcast

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Mark Grave is the CEO of the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), a key service provider to the Australian and International wool industry. Mark explains how AWEX supports the wool trade through educating wool classers, defining the wool auction rules and developing helpful tools such as the National Wool Declration and electronic RFID bales. In this interview, it becomes apparent how many things are taken for granted, such as standardised wool packs, but without them trading wool would be pure chaos. Thanks to Mark Grave we get a better understanding of the importance of the work done for wool by AWEX.

About Mark Grave

Mark Grave is CEO of the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), an independent not-for-profit service provider to the Australian wool industry. AWEX has been developing and maintaining industry standards and providing market information for nearly 25 years. AWEX standards include the wool classer Code of Practice for wool preparation, often regarded as the benchmark for industry best practice, the NWD-IP an integrity program supporting the NWD, piloting the electronic identification of wool bales and daily and weekly dynamic market information.
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David Mitchell Wool Academy Podcast

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David Mitchell is the National Wool Manager for AWH. The company handels about 50% of the Australian Wool Clip that goes to auction. In this episode, David explains the journey that wool goes on once it leaves the farm and before it is exported.

About David Mitchell

David Mitchell is relatively new to AWH Pty Ltd and has wealth of Wool Industry experience and knowledge.

Originally a Wool Broker with Elders in the heady days of the ’80’s and 90’s Australian Wool Industry. Subsequently the Marketing Manager with the former BWK (Bremen Woll Kämmerei Germany) Australian subsidiary, Geelong Wool Combing Ltd, where he was heavily involved in top making and wool combing through to it’s closure in 2004.

In more recent times David enjoyed downstream manufacturing and wholesaling success with Godfrey Hirst Australia, being responsible for and overseeing the Wool Carpet Division.

Currently the National Wool Manager for AWH responsible for the receipt, preparation for sale by Auction, logistics and shipping for approx. 50% of the Australian Wool Clip that goes to Auction.

David also sits on the FAWO (Federation of Australian Wool Organisations) Excecutive representing AWH.

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