The conversion of cotton fibre to a textile starts with the spinner, for whom price and quality are the most important attributes. Australian cotton is sougth after by spinning mill customers looking for consistently high quality fibre. The Australian cotton industry surveys spinning mill customers to better understand their requirements. This information is then passed back to the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and farmers to help direct investments and on-farm practices that can continue to produce sought after fibre.
Higher quality fibres, such as Australian cotton:
- produce better yarns and fabrics (finer, lighter, stronger, cleaner and more even)
- achieve better productivity in the spinning mill (improved machine efficiency, less waste, fewer quality rejections)
- are one of the least contaminated cottons in the world, improving spinability
- uptake dye efficiently, producing bright saturated colours