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#011: Roy Kettlewell explains how finishing processes bring out the best in wool

Wool Academy Podcast 011 with Roy Kettlewell

In this episode, wool specialist Roy Kettlewell explains the different wool finishing processes, relevant wool product tests and shares his insights about why wool succeeds in the sports, casual and baby wear markets.

About Roy Kettlewell

Roy started his career 43 years ago in his birthplace of Yorkshire, UK,  working for the International Wool Secretariat, and then The Woolmark Company specialising in chemical finishing and developing innovative technologies and processes such as the Mercerised Merino for the wool fibre.  For the last eight years he has been based in Sydney Australia working for Australian Wool Innovation as Global Innovations Manager and since July 2016 as an independent consultant with Kettlewell Consulting.

Over the last four decades he has worked with entire wool processing pipeline from the raw fibre to garment making; in Europe, USA, China, India to implement the new technologies and deliver a point of difference for the industry. At the same time he has collaborated with global retailers and manufacturers to help, through training key staff, to communicate the benefits of merino wool innovations to the consumer.  The key to successful innovation is to make sure it meets a market need and enhances value in the eyes of the customer.

Connect with Roy Kettlewell here

Website: Kettlewell Consulting

Key Timestamps

[01:05] About Roy Kettlewell

[02:46] Why Roy is so passionate about wool?

[03:37] Sharing his knowledge for the benefit of wool.

[04:55] Who are the customers of Kettlewell consulting?

[07:30] Roy explains the different finishing processes of wool.

[14:20] What is meant by contamination during the finishing processes?

[15:30] How is wool made washable?

[19:55] How does product testing work for wool products?

[24:10] The trends for wool in different product applications and consumer markets.

[29:35] Why wool is an ideal fibre for sportswear.

[34:25] Another trend for wool in babywear.

[37:29]How to choose the right wool for your end product.

[42:22] What are the barriers for wool?


3 Finishing processing stages Roy talked about

  • Preparation
  • Wet Processing
  • Dry Processing


Important product tests Roy mentioned in this episode

  • Fibre content
  • Colour fastness
  • Damage or stability
  • Garment performance during wear life




About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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