[5 August/Stuff]

New Zealand wool producers have landed a contract to supply a U.S. company with fibre for home insulation. They claim wool was a healthier alternative to fibreglass, which has been disputed by fibreglass manufacturers. The deal would include 200 tonnes of Landcorp coarse wool supplied to Havelock Wool. Havelock Wool Managing Partner, Andrew Legge, said materials in homes contributed to poor indoor air quality. He added wool did not emit dangerous particles. Around 95 percent of New Zealand homes were insulated using fibreglass. Mr Legge noted a key benefit would be contractors would not ingest fibreglass during installation. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven Carden, said the wool would be marketed under its Pamu brand. The deal was arranged by New Zealand Merino, who are also helping Havelock Wool improve its product manufacturing through looking at the type and style of wool used. NZM Chief Executive, John Brakenridge, said partnerships with innovative companies were a key part of its strategy to shift the wool industry from volume to value.