In-house dyeing boosts CMS

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The recent activities of the Samil group in South Africa are reviewed. Its main South African shareholder, the Cape Mohair Holdings group of companies, directly links local mohair to finished-product manufacture. There is a consistent domestic and overseas demand which provides stability. Cape Mohair Spinners (CMS), Samil's spinning arm, has been very successful in training workers with little textile background to become highly-skilled textile-machine operators. Personnel from Bradford and Scotland have been instrumental in this achievement. Lacking the easy access of European processors to spare parts and support services, Samil has to plan carefully to avoid "down time". Stock is held overseas to ensure "just in time" customer demands. Recent commissioning of the group's dyehouse ensures better cost control with greater flexibility. Both weaving and knitting yarns are dyed to customer specification. The worsted-spinning plant, on stream in March 2001, is a further milestone in development. Training from scratch has again proved successful.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationWool Record
StatePublished - 2001


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