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Section Chairman:

Mr P Barry F Whitaker
CText FTI CompTI BSc

Barry Whitaker
Honorary Treasurer

Christine Wilkinson
Acting Secretary


Executive Committee Members:

Philip Preston
Bill Skidmore
Chris Wilkinson
Quentin Preston
Ian Baxter

White Rose Lecture

A Master-class in Wool.  

The Huddersfield Textile Society  opening event of the season was held at the Textile Centre of Excellence on Leeds Road on Monday evening 13 of October  with a large gathering to hear the White Rose lecture in association with the Textile Institute ,Yorkshire section. The guest speaker was Peter Ackroyd MBE , President of the The International Wool Textile Organisation - the world body representing growers, traders and manufacturers of wool. In addition Peter heads up the Campaign for Wool whose Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. His title was - Ingredient Branding in Global Retailing- The Modern day Story of Wool. The lecture gave a knowledgeable overview of wool and it's uses in the global markets. Specifically how local and international textile manufacturers can get their origins ,their skils and their own Brand name onto garments and other products. Many of the big retailers such as M & S and John Lewis Partnership , Internet retailers like Boden  now want products with a made in the UK , made in Scotland etc cloth-makers label to give them a point of difference from cheaper textiles made in the Far East. Wool as a fibre is particularly sustainable , can be recycled and  has excellent green credentials , according to Mr Ackroyd , unlike man-made fibres that lie in land-fill sites for Generations and do not degrade. The future according to Mr Ackroyd is very optimistic for wool with growth in many of the major markets. This is good news for members of the Huddersfield Textile Society which represents 60 local companies employing  over 3000 people.




























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