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The Merino Company Acquires Specialist Spinning Company NUYARN

MELBOURNE, Australia — February 28, 2013 — The Merino Company (TMC) has acquired renowned spinning facility NUYARN®, strengthening its fabric and garment offerings to the outdoor, fashion, performance socks and seamless markets.

Since its beginnings some 14 years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand, NUYARN® has been regarded as the spinning technology that reinvented worldwide expectations for innovative fabrics and apparel.

The acquisition of NUYARN® and its worldwide patents enables TMC to produce highly specialised circular knitted fabrics, fully fashioned and seamless garments. TMC aims to further develop the technology and commercialise a raft of new fabrics and apparel, making significant improvements to merino and merino blends.

"TMC has been manufacturing with NUYARN® yarns for approximately eight years but had been confined to Australasia until 2012," said TMC's CEO Andy Wynne. "The acquisition of NUYARN® will see TMC capture greater market share through real innovation and performance."

NUYARN® has been relocated from Christchurch to TMC's textile facility in Levin, Levana Textiles. Key NUYARN® technicians will join the team in Levin and will oversee training of new staff, production, innovation and expansion.

Wynn said, "TMC has acquired enough machinery to increase the output of NUYARN® by some 54,000kg per month. This expansion program will take three years and create 40 additional jobs in Levin."

TMC's fabrics made using NUYARN® technology will boast enhanced comfort and impressive performance criteria independently certified by AG Research, the leading Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand (WRONZ) including:

• Durability without added weight: Bulk 38.9% higher
• Improved stretch and recovery: Burst strength 16% greater
• Quick dry:up to 5 times faster
• Warmth Retention: 25% higher
• Air Resistance: 62% higher
• Relative Water Vapour Resistance: 51% higher
• Blister free socks

The combination of NUYARN®'s specialised spinning technology with TMC's reputation for quality and innovation will provide a strong and unique competitive edge and expanded product offering to their customers.

Posted on March 5, 2013

Source: The Merino Company