Testing more than half the country’s $1 billion wool clip, the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority Ltd is Abel’s first and oldest customer – using Abel® to reliably streamline its accounting and keep up with changing customer needs over 14 years. For as long as there has been a wool trade, buyers and sellers have needed some way of agreeing on quality. The finer a fleece, the better it is for high fashion. Coarser wools will end up as carpet. Once making judgments was a matter of feel and smell.
But you only need look around the laboratories of the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority (NZWTA) in Napier to see how much has changed. Staff man banks of computer screens recording tests for every gradation of strength or usability. Infra-red scans measure sample purity while a carding machine teases out strands of newly shorn samples to test how they stand being stretched. The care taken reflects how much is at stake. An assessment can affect the price of a bale by ten percent; and the company is liable for any mistake. Read more..