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IWTO announces winners of third edition of World Wool Award

May '07
During the 76th IWTO Annual Congress held from 13th to 16th May 2007 in Edinburgh (UK) the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) announces the winners of the third edition of World Wool Award (WWA). Sponsored by The Woolmark Company, the award has been introduced to celebrate wool's unique natural performance properties and versatility, to encourage its future use through research and innovation into new product developments and the marketing and promotion of wool values.

During the Awards Ceremony, IWTO President Michael Lempriere and Chairman of The Woolmark Company, Mr. Barry Walker, presented the trophies and diplomas to the laureates. The award winners receive free participation at the IWTO Congress including a free exhibition stand at the Congress area as well as a fully equipped free stall that the international fabric fair 'TEXWORLD – Paris' organised by Messe Frankfurt.

The third edition of the World Wool Award attracted entries from more than 20 countries from all continents. Split into three categories, the competition was open internationally to students, trainees and professionals from textile/fashion universities, academies and schools, companies and institutes.

An international and professional Jury panel, including leading designers, journalists, marketing specialists and entrepreneurs, evaluated and selected the award winners and holders of certificates of merit:

Fashion & Design
Winner: Ms. Suvi Kankkonen, Finland, University of Art and Design Helsinki

Marketing & Promotion
Winner: Mr. Mathias Hey and Mrs. Bernadette Ehmanns, Germany, Hey-Sign

Concept & Innovation
Winner: Kvadrat, Denmark

The Jury Chairman and representative of the sponsor The Woolmark Company, Mr. Georg Steffens said: “The World Wool Award is an excellent platform for textile students around the globe to show and communicate how they see the most natural fibre in the world - WOOL.”

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