Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand (WRONZ) is a specialist funder of post-harvest research, development, and information transfer for the New Zealand wool industry. We are committed to funding world-class research that will create new and innovative uses for New Zealand strong wool.

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.

Our Research

Through our 100% owned subsidiary Wool Industry Research Limited (WIRL), this world-renowned research team is known for their quality of research and success in innovative technology development into new wool products and uses. 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.

Education and Funding

We believe in the development of talent to support the wool sector.
We do this through investment in education and professional development that supports our research and development programme and the New Zealand wool related businesses of
our members.

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Get in Touch

For anything you’d like to know about Wool Research, or if you’d like to get in touch, email us at:

General: info@woolresearch.com or
Media: media@woolresearch.com

Postal address: PO Box 27-277,
Christchurch, New Zealand