Established in 1961, WRONZ is committed to the promotion, research and scientific work that enhances the position of New Zealand wool and the price farmers receive for it.
We are world-renowned for the quality of our research and success in innovative technology development into new wool products and uses. The majority of sheep farmed in New Zealand produce coarse diameter wool used mainly in floorcoverings – broadloom carpets and rugs. The increasing use of synthetic fibres in these products has reduced the demand and price of wool.
Our focus is to create an entirely new wool ingredient manufacturing sector within New Zealand, creating high value and high volume uses for New Zealand strong wool. These could see use in filtration, cosmetics, personal care, nutrition, luxury fibre, printing, bedding, fill application, pastes, and leather products.
We also invest in education and professional development, supporting wool-related qualifications and post graduate research fellowships that support our research and development programme.