Report from the OutDoor fair 2019

On 30 June to 3 July 2019, the European Outdoor Group organised its international OutDoor fair together with the ISPO fair organizers. OutDoor by ISPO is the annual exhibition for brands selling products catered to hiking, trail running, climbing, water sports or camping. This year the fair registered 1.018 exhibitors from 35 countries and more than 22.000 visitors from around 90 different countries. OutDoor by ISPO is smaller compared to the International Sports and Outdoor fair held at the beginning of each year but has some overlap of brands. Therefore, the Outdoor fair also had a lot of wool on display, more specifically merino wool as next to skin garments.

Sustainability is a must

One topic that was permanent within the whole fair was sustainability which has been recognised as a “must have” for the outdoor industry. There were many podium discussions and exhibitions about sustainability, but also many brands showcased their products made of recycled materials or natural fibres.

Individual brands within the outdoor industry have been leading the sustainability discussion on a wide array of topics for a long time but the topic seems to have now hit the mainstream. The reason for the outdoor industry to actively engage in sustainability is to their point of view pure common sense. If the outdoor environment is no longer enjoyable due to pollution and climate change, consumers will no longer have the desire to spend their time outdoors and therefore have no need for outdoor products.

Wool education is key

During the 4-day fair, the European Outdoor Group also organised educational talks and time for discussion on various topics including a full-day forum on wool. Different representatives from across the wool industry were invited to provide the latest updates on wool. The goal of the session was to educate brand representatives from the outdoor sector about wool for them to make more informed purchasing and design decisions when it comes to wool.

Dalena White from the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) for example spoke about the severe drought situation across various wool growing countries and Elisabeth van Delden provided details about the latest research on wool Life Cycle Assessment. Company representatives from The Schneider Group, Fox & Lillie, Chargeurs, Ovis 21 and The Südwolle Group discussed their approach to more sustainability, traceability and transparency within their supply chains.

Questions from the brands during the discussion were detailed and well-informed showing that brands are devoted to understanding the complex issues and finding solutions jointly together with the wool industry. Topics on top of the brand’s minds concerned animal welfare, traceability, microfibres, superwash treatments as well as low wool prices for coarse wools. The discussions felt sincere and highly engaged. Brand representatives seemed eager to communicate and collaborate with the wool industry on driving change rather than only demanding change.

Wool has an active and important role to play for outdoor brands to reach their sustainability goals and it continues to be vital to actively engage, inform, communicate the collaborate with this part of the textile industry.

FUHRMANN NZ MARKET REPORT

Summary

Generally firm, tending dearer.

Comment

North Island only selling today with 9,000 bales on offer.  The selection consisted of 70% good style crossbred second shear, 36.0 to 40.0 micron bulk 3″, 15% associated oddments and 5% miscellaneous types.  Good competition with China and Australasian carpet mills main with support from the United Kingdom and the Continent.

Fleece Wools

Average style 7% dearer.

Second Shears

Good style firm.

Average style 7% dearer.

Oddments

All descriptions firm.

Passings

9% Passed In.

Next Auction

South Island only selling with 8,900 bales on offer 1st August.

Fleece Wools Summary

Average Style
Variation %: 7

Second Shears Summary

Good Style

Variation %:  Firm

 Average Style

Variation %:  7

Oddments

All descriptions
Variation %: Firm

 

NEW ZEALAND MARKET REPORT

Summary

Market reflects Australian market movement.

Comment

In the first sale in the South Island this season there was a small selection of new merino wools coming through.  This attracted keen competition with prices again reflecting those seen in Australia before they went on their recess.  Quantities still too small to quote in a meaningful manner.

FUHRMANN NZ MARKET REPORT

Summary

Better style firm, rest buyers favour.

Comment

South Island only selling today with 12,500 bales on offer.  The selection consisted of 45% crossbred fleece, 36.0 to 39.0 micron bulk 4/6″mainly average colour, some good style, 25% second shear 35.0 to 39.0 micron bulk 3″ very good colour, 10% associated oddments, 8% hafbred fleece, 25.0 to 30.0 micron average to good style, 5% average colour lambs and 7% miscellaneous types.  Reasonable competition with China and Indian Sub continent main with support from the United Kingdom and the Continent.

Fleece Wools

Good style very firm.

Poorer style buyers favour.

Halfbred fleece generally buyers favour.

Second Shears

All descriptions firm.

Oddments

All descriptions buyers favour.

Passings

22% Passed In.

Next Auction

North Island only selling with 8,500 bales on offer 25th July.

Fleece Wools Summary

Good style crossbred fleece
Variation %: Very Firm

↓ Poorer style

Variation %: Buyers favour

↓ Halfbred Fleece

Variation %: Buyers favour

Second Shears Summary

All descriptions

Variation %:  Very firm

Oddments

↓ Clothing oddments
Variation %: Buyers favour

 

EASTERN AUSTRALIAN MARKET REPORT

Market closed strongly.

COMMENT

Some buying pressure across the board as the sale progressed ensured a positive close for the recess.

FLEECE

18.0 micron and finer 1% dearer

18.5 micron par to 1% dearer

19.0 / 21.0 micron very firm tending sellers favour.

SKIRTINGS

Very firm tending 1% dearer for the better light fault types.

OPEN TOP

Nominally very firm.

FUHRMANN NZ MARKET REPORT

Summary

Fleece firm, second shear and oddments buyers favour tending easier.

Comment

North Island only selling today with 10,500 bales on offer.  The selection consisted of 73% crossbred second shear and early shorn good colour 35 to 40 micron, bulk 75mm.  Their was also 12% crossbred fleece of average colour and 10% clothing oddments average to inferior colour with 5% miscellaneous types.  Again reasonable competition with Australasian carpet mills and South East Asia main with support from the United Kingdom, Continent and China.

Fleece Wools

Crossbred fleece very firm.

Early shorn wool buyers favour.

Second Shears

Buyers favour.

Oddments

Clothing oddments 10 cents cheaper.

Passings

16% Passed In.

Next Auction

South Island only selling with 12,500 bales on offer 18th July.

Fleece Wools Summary

All descriptions
Variation %: Very Firm

↓ Early shorn fleece

Variation %: Buyers favour

Second Shears Summary

↓ All descriptions

Variation %:  Buyers favour

Oddments

↓ Clothing oddments
Variation %: -10 cents

 

FREMANTLE MARKET REPORT

COMMENT

The fleece market firmed 25/30 cents today across all microns.
12% passed in and 8% withdrawn

FLEECE

18.5 + 25cents, 19.5 +30 cents, 20.5 + 30 cents, 21.5 +30 cents.

SKIRTINGS

Skirtings were 25/30 cents dearer for the better style and also the faultier types.

OPEN TOP

Open tops were 30cents dearer

CARDINGS

Locks were 25 cents cheaper and crutchings 10 cents dearer.

 

EASTERN AUSTRALIAN MARKET REPORT

Market dearer.

COMMENT

Better market confidence remains and the market continued on a more positive note.

FLEECE

Some variance between qualities but generally –

18.5 micron and finer 0.5% dearer

19.0 micron and broader 1% dearer

SKIRTINGS

1% dearer

OPEN TOP

Nominally par to 1% dearer.

EASTERN AUSTRALIAN MARKET REPORT

Market dearer.

COMMENT

The first sale of the 2019 season has closed positively.

FLEECE

Best 17.5/18.0 micron keenly sought after by Italian interests. 1 to 2% dearer.

All others 20.0 micron and finer 0.5% dearer.

20.5 / 21.5 micron 1% dearer.

SKIRTINGS

1% dearer for the few better, low VM types.

OPEN TOP

Nominally 1% dearer.

FREMANTLE MARKET REPORT

COMMENT

Fleece wool came under better demand and made gains of 10/20 cents. There was also a better selection of Spring wool held over for the taxation sale.
22% was withdrawn prior to sale however the passed in rate fell to just 7% compared to 40% last week

FLEECE

18.5 + 10 cents, 19.5 – 21.0 +15 cents and 21.5 and coarser + 20 cents.

SKIRTINGS

Skirtings were 20/30 cents dearer for the better style Spring types however faulty types were 50 cents cheaper

OPEN TOP

Open tops were firm to 20 cents dearer.