10 Mar 2009

Yarn technology recognised in Europe

7:14 am on 10 March 2009

A company which creates felted yarn has received an award for technical innovation at a major show in Germany.

Radford Yarn Technologies exports to international carpet and rug manufacturers.

Radford was started 17 years ago in Christchurch by brothers Jack and Woody Radford.

It now employs 25 people and makes about 350 tonnes of felted yarn per year - 90% of which is exported to carpet and rug manufacturers in Europe, the United States and Australasia.

General manager Mick Ingram says the felted yarn is prized for being made solely from New Zealand wool.

The company uses biodegradable detergents in the washing process, and has switched to more sustainable forms of energy to enhance the clean green image.

But Mr Ingram says the international economic climate has equated to a drop in sales in recent months.

But he's optimistic about the future, due in part to the company's emphasis on developing new products.

He says the award for technical innovation award shows the company is on par with leading European manufacturers.