Elders has re-joined as a member of Australian Wool Exchange Limited in readiness for greater involvement in AWEX activities.
In a move seen as re-affirming Elders’ commitment to the wool industry, manager of Elders’ wool selling centres Simon Hogan, said the company was looking forward to working with AWEX towards shared interests for woolgrowers and wool classers, and the goals of wool quality and proper clip preparation.
“Elders has always maintained a strong relationship with AWEX; however, their renewed focus on quality issues has encouraged us to again become involved at a decision-making level,” Mr Hogan said.
“Elders is keen to be actively involved with AWEX and to represent its clients through industry decision making,” he said.
Elders keen to be part of AWEX board
Mr Hogan said Elders’ AWEX membership lapsed because the company had once wanted to be more independent, to build and establish auctions rooms and systems to compete with AWEX.
“At this time AWEX held property leases — auction rooms and buyers’ offices — which was not their core business and over time the AWEX rooms closed.”
Mr Hogan said if there was an opportunity to become part of the AWEX board, Elders would be keen to be involved. It would also consider serving on AWEX’s industry services advisory committee, he said.
“Elders believes it is important to be involved as we represent a large number of growers from all regions.
“Elders’ experience and industry knowledge will make a valuable contribution if an opportunity presents.”
Elders membership a positive move says AWEX CEO
AWEX chief executive officer Mark Grave described Elders’ membership as a positive step for the wool industry.
“AWEX membership will enable Elders to further represent its clients at industry level and influence formal decision making.
“As a not for profit organisation we rely on the support of members to trial, develop and improve wool standards across Australia,” Mr Grave said.
“Elders is an important player in the wool industry, and has a wealth of knowledge which will be critical in achieving these goals,” he said.
Mr Grave said Elders was a foundation member of the exchange back in 1994, playing a key role in developing its services and functions.
“So it is great to be able to re-establish this relationship once again.”
Elders network crucial to AWEX woolgrower communications
As one of the largest brokers of Australian greasy wool, Elders services woolgrowers in every wool growing region and has an extensive range of products, services, facilities and alliances to help growers maximize returns from their wool, he said.
“Elders are clearly an important company to AWEX and the wool industry.
“The experience of their staff and the reach of their network will be crucial in communicating with woolgrowers across the country and add value to the development of wool programs,” Mr Grave said.
“It is important for AWEX to have the support of all wool industry stakeholders.
“Members can actively contribute to the development of programs from which the industry will benefit and provide direction to the company.”