Chinese wool buyers and processors are well aware of the differences in wool types across the world. They understand fully that two of the critical factors in any buying and processing decision are the micron and color of the wool. These dictate use and yield. And the Welsh industry says its wool has been sampled to internationally recognised standards and tested using the same methods and quality controls as those used in other principal wool testing laboratories across the world.
The Chinese market is important for UK wool producers. It normally takes at least a month for wool shipments to reach China from Wales. Great care is taken at all levels of the British wool supply chain from farm onwards. A high level of skill is employed at every level of the wool supply chain in the UK. About 30 per cent of British wool now finds its way to China.
Wool has historically the most important and widespread of Wales’ industries. Traditionally, woven Welsh wool blankets and throws are popular not only in the UK but across the world. Wool is a 100 per cent natural fiber and has evolved to become one of the most effective natural forms of all-weather protection known to man.