9 Jul 2011

High Court decision welcomed in wool scour takeover

6:03 am on 9 July 2011

Godfrey Hirst has welcomed a High Court decision to halt any move that allows its main rival to gain control of all the wool scours in New Zealand, pending an appeal.

The Australian-owned carpet maker, is protesting a Commerce Commission decision to let Cavalier Wool Holdings offer $40 million to buy Wool Services International, which also has a wool scouring operation.

If successful, Cavalier Wool plans to sell Wool Services trading arm and keep the scouring business.

Godfrey Hirst general manager Tania Pauling says that would not be in the wool industry's best interest.

Cavalier Wool, which is half-owned by Cavalier Carpets, says rationalisation is needed to compete with Chinese rivals.