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NZ wool displayed around the globe

THE global marketing efforts of Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) means the humble-looking sheep in your nearest paddock could be producing wool that is destined for some very high profile places around the world.

Through its subsidiary NZ Yarn, which spins wool yarn for use in carpets and rugs, CP Wool has supplied wool that is gracing the floors of the first class cabins on Emirates airliners.

Closer to the ground, CP Wool's efforts are seeing New Zealand wool showcased on the world stage in several corporate headquarters in New York; including carpets in the Wells Fargo, American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Time Warner and Chaincode Labs head offices.

The London Stock Exchange's New York outpost also features New Zealand wool soft flooring.

Further south, weary corporate managers at the KPMG Executive Retreat in Orlando, Florida are relaxing on New Zealand wool carpets; while across the Atlantic, NZ wool is cushioning the feet of shoppers in the Tom Ford retail showroom in Milan.

CP Wool, which represents some 3500 sheep farmers around New Zealand, is the exclusive supplier of wool to NZ Yarn, which spins it into yarn for use in the soft flooring industry globally.

Colin McKenzie, Group CEO of CP Wool and NZ Yarn, says its customers include soft flooring manufacturers around the world who sell products via architects and interior designers.

“We supply our yarn to carpet and rug makers who have connections into the custom design market for corporate offices, high-end homes and increasing numbers of private jets and luxury yachts.

“This means New Zealand wool can end up in some very high profile places.

“It's a fantastic way to showcase the quality, beauty and versatility of New Zealand wool to a global audience.”

For example, the carpet in the Tom Ford showroom in Milan is a very dense plush pile product in rich hues. The KPMG Executive Retreat features a replica of an intricate oriental design, while the carpet used in corporate offices demonstrates how wool carpets can be robust and hard-wearing yet still beautiful, Mr McKenzie says.

One particular US-based CP Wool customer makes around 750 interior carpet sets for personal, business and private jets and yachts from New Zealand wool every year.

Another interesting recent project by a CP Wool customer is the refurbishment of the Mary Baker Eddy historic house in Boston, Massachusetts.

CP Wool yarn gives global soft -flooring manufacturers a novel and differentiated material to work with, which results in a simply stunning end product, says Mr McKenzie.

“We are providing innovative yarn systems that showcase the beautiful unique characteristics of wool, that designers and customers love and that our competitors find difficult, if not impossible, to replicate.

“Our whole product innovation strategy is to purposely step off the commodity curve, to become global leaders in providing leading-edge woollen yarn for carpets and rugs.”

This strategy has resulted in products that stand apart from the rest, and which leverage the tremendous opportunity which exists to increase the size of the market for wool carpet among corporate and private consumers globally, particularly in the US, he says.

“North American consumers have traditionally been slow adopters of wool carpet, with sales at low levels compared with those in New Zealand and Australia.

“This opens up a significant opportunity to take New Zealand wool into the soft-flooring market in the US and Canada, as well as other markets including Europe and the Middle East.”

FINE CARPET: Carrfields Primary Wool through its subsidiary NZ Yarn has provided the carpeting for some very high-profile offices overseas, like this one. Picture supplied