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Michael Jackson is the Managing Director of AWTA, the Australian Wool Testing Authority. In this Wool Academy Podcast Michael explains how wool testing works. In particular he explains what wool tests are applied to each bale of wool and what the benefits are for the wool grower as well as the buyer. Michael also talks about why the wool industry testing standards are unique compared to other fibres and how new test standards get created to meet today’s consumer expectations.
About Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO), which is an international body representing the interests of the world’s wool textile trade and industry. On behalf of the industry and its members, IWTO standardises trading instruments; facilitates marketing; lobbies to protect the interests of wool industry; and provides a network to the industry worldwide. He is also the Chairman of IWTO’s Contracts & Specifications Committee.
He has been with the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd since 1987 and became the Managing Director in 2001.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Wool Technology (First Class Honours) Degree from the University of New South Wales and Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management at the University of Queensland.
Connect with Michael Jackson here
– the website for the Australian wool education trust
Key Time Stamps
About the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA)
Overview of the different tests performed on wool
Time it takes to perform wool tests
How are test results used within the supply chain
What are round trial tests?
Why the test standards of the wool industry are unique
About the wool comfort meter