Thank you to all who participated in Wool Round Table 2020.
Representatives from 21 countries and all stages of the wool pipeline made this event a successful note on which to end a challenging year.
Our four live Chat Rooms took place over three days across the globe. We heard about the state of wool trade in Australia, China, Europe and the US. Demand for wool has picked back up in China, especially for the domestic market. For international markets, particularly where Covid-19 remains a challenge, demand remains weak but panellists remained optimistic. The world is shifting to more sustainable living, and this is where the natural, renewable, eminently recyclable wool fibre very much shines.
Despite the turmoil of drought, fire and pandemic, along with volatility in the wool market, “the industry remains focussed on addressing sustainability issues that will address downstream demands and upstream processes,” said David Michell, who chaired Chat Room Australia.
Wool sheep welfare was, as always, also high on the agenda. Programmes like the soon-to-be-released American Wool Assurance allow wool producers to demonstrate clearly how well wool sheep are cared for.
Like many other industries around the world, the wool industry, at the close of 2020, is looking forward to a return to some semblance of normality with the roll-out of vaccines. Normality in this case would see a return of in-person trade industry events which would in turn yield a surge in yarn and fabric sampling for Autumn/Winter 2022/23.