May 14, 2010
The 79th congress of the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) ended on a positive note for the future of wool. The event took place from May 3-5 in Paris, France. Under the theme "Wool - Change to a Healthier and Safer Environment," prominent speakers made the event a valuable experience, presenting a broad spectrum on the current developments of the global wool industry. The United States was well represented at the congress with a number of exporters, processors, mills and American Sheep Industry Association representatives attending.
The congress has shown through a number of IWTO run projects and other initiatives that wool as material for apparel, interior textiles and technical textiles is having a remarkable renaissance as the preferred choice for many applications, traditional ones and new ones, especially through its many natural attributes and ecological benefits.
GŁnther Beier (Germany) has been re-elected for another term as IWTO president. As new IWTO vice president, Peter Ackroyd (Great Britain) was elected, replacing Osman Kilic (Turkey) whose term ended at the congress.
In 2012, the congress will be hosted by the United States and will be held in New York City.